Ryan Anderson is the Shoemaker Postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. Ryan attended the University of Michigan, where he double majored in Physics and Astronomy, and Cornell University where received his PhD in Planetary Science. His work on Gale crater helped lead to its selection as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover (MSL), and he is a member of the ChemCam science team. Ryan serves as a Payload Downlink Lead on MSL’s ChemCam and on the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) Pancam cameras.
In addition to his research and mission operations, Ryan is passionate about communicating science to the public. He enjoys teaching and public speaking and runs a planetary science-themed blog called The Martian Chronicles, which was one of the founding blogs of the American Geophysical Union blogosphere. He also contributes to Thwacke!, which provides science consulting for video game developers, and Science in my Fiction, which explores ideas for incorporating better science in speculative fiction.
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