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Samuel Crossley

Graduate Student


CHEM 1225B
Chemistry Building
8051 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

(301) 405-3597Fax Number

sdcross [at] umd [dot] edu


Research Interests

My research interests include meteoritics, petrology, and remote sensing (spectroscopy) of asteroids. I use this diverse tool set to understand parent body and solar system processes involved in planetary differentiation. My current projects include assessing the formation of O- and S-rich meteorites and how their evolutionary paths may have differed from more thoroughly-studied planetary materials. By correlating these findings with lab-based spectral measurements of meteorites, we better-inform our interpretations of asteroid spectra, lending insights into the distribution of O- and S-rich environments in the solar system that may be relict from solar system formation or a product of mixing during planetary migration. A more thorough understanding of these factors can strongly influence models of solar system formation and facilitate more efficient space exploration and asteroid resource utilization in the near future.


Crossley, S. D., Lunning, N. G., Mayne, R. G., McCoy, T. J., Yang, S., Humayun, M., Ash, R. D., Sunshine, J. M., Greenwood, R. C., Franchi, I. A. (2018) Experimental insights into Stannern-trend eucrite petrogenesis. Meteoritics and Planetary Science. DOI: 10.1111/maps.13114

Crossley, S.D., Ash, R.D., Sunshine, J.M., Corrigan, C.M., McCoy, T.J., Mittlefehldt, D.W., Puchtel, I.S. (2020) Sulfide-dominated partial melting pathways in brachinites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science. DOI: 10.1111/maps.13558