1. Welcome

I am a planetary geologist interested in the surface processes, geophysics and the chronology of planetary bodies. I study primarily Mars and Earth, although in the past I have also studied Venus. My primary tool, and thus my specialty, is isotope mass spectrometry. The main focus of my research is understanding the isotopic abundance of rubidium (Rb) and strontium (Sr) in minerals and rocks using a newly developed instrument called a called Laser Desorption Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometer (LDRIMS). While their are many methods for determining the age of rocks, and hence the history of a region, only a few techniques, including Rb-Sr  LDRIMS, can be adapted for portable use on planets like Mars or the Moon.  My primary focus is developing a portable LDRIMS system.


I have also worked on aeolian processes, gravity modeling, and using finite element methods to study tectonics and ion transport.  I have had the privilege of being the instrument scientist for the Gamma Ray Spectrometer on the 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft, and supporting the development of an ice penetrating robot known as Cryobot.


My Curriculum Vitae may be downloaded in PDF format.

F. Scott Anderson

Principal Scientist

Southwest Research Institute

1050 Walnut St., Suite 300

Boulder, CO 80302

ph: 720.240.0127

lab: 720.240.0125

fax: 303.546.9687

e-mail: anderson@boulder.swri.edu

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