Alexandra Krull Davatzes

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SILC Faculty Member and member of our Spatial Network.

Biographical Sketch: Alexandra Davatzes

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Professional Preparation

Pomona College                                  Geology                                  BA, 1995

Stanford University     Geological & Environmental Science           PhD, 2006

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow   NASA Ames Research Center                        2007



2008-present   Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Temple University

2007-present   HiRISE Team Member, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission, NASA

2007                NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

2005-2006       NASA Ames Education Associate, NASA Ames, Moffett Field, CA

2004-2005       School of Earth Sciences Public Outreach Graduate student Coordinator, Stanford

Summer, 2002 Lecturer, University of Oklahoma Honors College; Norman, Oklahoma



Five Most Relevant Publications:

  1. 1.Krull-Davatzes, A., Lowe, D., & Byerly, G. (2012) Mineralogy and diagenesis of 3.24 Ga meteorite impact spherules. Precambrian Research, 196– 197, p. 128– 148.
  2. 2.Krull-Davatzes, A., Byerly, G. & Lowe, D. (2010) Evidence for a low O2 Archean atmosphere from nickel-rich chrome spinels in 3.24 Ga impact spherules, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, p. 319-328.
  3. 3.McEwen, A. et al., including Davatzes, A. (2009).  The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO's Primary Science Phase (PSP).   Icarus, 205 (1), p. 2-37
  4. 4.McEwen, A. et al., including Davatzes A. (2007) A Closer Look at Water-Related Geologic Activity on Mars. Science, 317 (5845), p. 1706 - 1709.
  5. 5.Krull-Davatzes A.E., Lowe D.R., Byerly G.R., (2006) Compositional grading in a 3,240 Ma impact-produced spherule bed, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: A key to impact plume evolution, Journal of South African Geology, 109, p. 233 - 244.


Five Other Publications:

  1. 1.Davatzes, A., Byerly, G., & Lowe, D. (2012) Geochemistry and petrology of Paleoarchean impact deposits and implications for the environment of the early Earth. International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia. INVITED
  2. 2.Davatzes, A., & Byerly, G. (2012) Insight into Archean spherule growth from geochemistry and 3D imaging. LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1659, id.2093
  3. 3.**Runyon, K., Davatzes, A., & Gulick, V. (2012) Putative active brine flows in the Cerberus Fossae, Mars. LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1659, id.2072
  4. 4.**Davatzes, A., & Monshizadegan, C. (2011) In situ chemical analyses of Archean rocks: terrestrial analog for planetary field studies. LPSC, LPI Contribution No. 1608, p. 1989-1990.
  5. 5.Davatzes, A., Lowe, D., & Kyte, F. (2010) A constant IDP flux based on iridium analyses of Archean sediments. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, id.5130

**indicates co-author with a student.


Synergistic Activities:

  • PI of NSF funded workshop for early career female faculty in the planetary sciences, “Moving FORWARD in Space”; June 2012
  • NASA Group Achievement Award in 2011 for the MRO HiRISE Science Team “For operating the superb HiRISE camera and analyzing its data to provide unprecedented images of the surface of Mars and new views into how the planet changes with time.”
  • Featured on the Women in Planetary Science Website in 2010 when named one of the “51 Women in Planetary Science”
  • Organized workshops and given invited talks at the Philadelphia Nerd Nite, Philadelphia’s Science on Tap, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Geological Society, the Harrisburg Area Geological Society, the NASA Academy, as well as several local university and K-12 schools, the California Science Teacher’s Conference, and Sally Ride Festival.
  • Assisted in the development and implementation of the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program for the HiRISE Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, including a Student Challenge Program which has involved 675 school groups representing over 8000 students from 45 states and 42 countries.
  • Elected Geoscience Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), 2008-2013, serving as the elections officer.



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