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Jake Collins-May
Jake Collins May

Project Title
Origins of Glacial, Fluvial and Glaciofluvial Landforms in the Nereidum Montes; Mar

Description of Research Project
The study of Mars's surface processes and paleoclimate has seen great advances in the past 20 years and is currently at the cutting edge of geographical research. Several major discoveries have been made in this time including how Mars lost its atmosphere, previous Martian ice ages, and the possibility of liquid water existing on the Red Planet today.

My project aims to uncover the identity and formation methods of an assemblage of glacial, fluvial and glaciofluvial landforms in the Nereidum Montes mountain range. This mountain range runs across the northern rim of the Argyre Impact Basin, a region of Mars which has been identified as one of the most promising locations in which to look for life on the Red Planet.

The project will utilize a variety of remotely sensed data including thermal and visible imagery, as well as ground penetrating radar in order to investigate the morphology and composition of these features. Hydrological models will also be constructed from this data to examine the characteristics of the flows that could have created them.

The outcomes from this project will be threefold. Firstly it will help develop a better understanding of the fluvial history in the Nereidum Montes, a key component in the search for life on Mars. Secondly it will provide information relevant to the wider study of paleoclimate on Mars by constraining when and where the conditions for liquid water could have existed. Finally this data may be of use when studying analogous landforms on Earth if they exist.

Presentations    Science Uncovered 2016 Hancock Museum

Qualifications and Achievements
2013-2016: BSc Geography, University of Newcastle