Jordan Bretzfelder is pursuing her PhD in Geology. She completed her B.S. in Physics at the University of Southern California in 2019. Prior to joining Professor Day’s GALE lab, and concurrent with her studies at USC, she spent three years researching the lunar mantle at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Her interest in Planetary Sciences began with a summer spent mapping surface features on Europa for the Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences.
In 2018 Jordan received the Stephen E. Dwornik award at the 49th Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference in Houston for an oral presentation of her Lunar mantle research. Though her previous work relied heavily on remote-sensing and spectral data, she is excited about the laboratory experiments and field work she will undertake as a member of the GALE lab.
At USC Jordan conducted high school outreach projects and she looks forward to the opportunities to encourage and uplift other underrepresented students in STEAM while contributing to an inclusive community in planetary science.