Chair, Physical Sciences
PhD (California, Santa Cruz), B.Sc. (Stanford)
5-132B, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3092
Nancy McKeown is a planetary geologist focusing on the geology of Mars. Her specialties include studying mineralogy by analyzing data from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) satellite and analyzing the geomorphology of outcrops on Mars using data from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) also on board MRO. She has collaborated with scientists from Canada, USA, the UK, France, and the Netherlands to conduct research of both Mars and Earth. Current research projects include analysis of mineralogy at Eberswalde Crater, Mars; analysis of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars; and performing spatial analyses of soil chemistry data from Banks Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, in conjunction with Dr. Mark Furze (also at MacEwan University). Dr. McKeown's research interests more generally lie in the fields of imaging spectroscopy and GIS. Dr. McKeown has presented her research at numerous international conferences including the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and at the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Landing Site workshops, contributing valuable information to the decision of where the MSL rover Curiosity would land.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
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