Chase Chivers

Graduate Student

Georgia Institute of Technology

My primary interest in planetary science is in the surfaces of icy moons and bodies. I’m particularly interested in studying the mechanisms of formation and geomorphology of these surface features through observation, Earth analogues, and comparative studies to better understand the interior processes that form them and the evolution thereof.

Previously, I worked with data from the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard Cassini. Specifically, I was surveying VIMS and Radar data of Saturn’s largest moon Titan for evidence of change in the north polar lake levels through the extent of Cassini’s mission to constrain the less-than-seasonal evaporation rates during Titan’s northern spring which would inform understanding of the contemporary and historical local and global climate. In addition, using this same data, I created a global map of Titan to get a contextual view of features and characterize them for potential landing sites for possible future missions to Titan.

I started at Boise State University in 2008 as an English Education major, and realized two years into the program it wasn’t for me and went to work at a global business based in my home city, Boise, Idaho. I returned to school at University of Idaho in 2013 to receive my B.S. in Physics and minor in Mathematics in 2017 before beginning the current PhD program at Georgia Tech.