Physics & Astronomy
Professor Physics and Astronomy
Research Expertise: Planetary Science | Infrared Observational Astronomy | Compuatational Physics
Dave's primary area of reserach interest is understanding how clouds affect the water cycle and climate of Mars. On the observational side he uses ground-based (NASA-IRTF) and spacecraft (MRO-CRISM) near-infrared spectral images to track and measure the ice abundance in clouds over diurnal, seasonal, and interannual timescales. More recently, Dave has begun working on the climate modeling side of the problem. His work is done in collaboration with scientists at the Space Science Institute, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Ames Research Center. His work has been funded by both NASA and the NSF. Over the years Dave has had the pleasure of training a multitude of Rowan undergraduates in astronomical image processing and analysis.