Dr. Mackenzie Day

Mackenzie Day is a planetary scientist who focuses on the behavior of terrestrial and extraterrestrial dunes. A recent member of the Mars Science Laboratory team, and newly minted Assistant Professor at UCLA, Day has used orbital and ground-based remote sensing to study dune fields all over Mars. On Earth, Day studies how wind changes the landscape, with an eye for understanding ancient deserts as well as modern ones. Using everything from rock hammers to wind tunnels, she continues to draw parallels between the patterns of wind-blown sand on Earth and Mars, and in the modern and ancient.

 

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