Marissa E. Cameron

PhD, Geology and Geophysics

Recent Activity

Figure from Morphology paper selected for November Icarus cover.

Figure from Morphology paper selected for November Icarus cover.

Remembering The Cassini Spacecraft at Saturn

Marissa's collaborators have included scientists at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she has given scientific talks. Because of her love for public-facing science and interests in outer solar system exploration and the icy moons of giant planets, Marissa was an invited guest on Think Tech Hawaii, where she talked about the Cassini mission to Saturn, major discoveries, and the end-of-mission plans for the spacecraft. 


Mapping Strike-Slip on Ganymede

Morphological mapping of Ganymede: How does strike-slip tectonism play a role in the evolution of terrain types?

M. E. Cameron, B. R. Smith-Konter, L. Burkhard, G. C. Collins, R. T. Pappalardo

2018, Icarus

Modeling Strike-Slip on Ganymede

Investigating Stress Sources and Fault Parameters on Ganymede

M. E. Cameron, B. R. Smith-Konter, L. Burkhard, G. C. Collins, R. T. Pappalardo 

2018, Icarus

How Eccentricity Affects Tidal Stresses on Ganymede

Tidally Driven Coulomb Failure Along Europa’s Agenor Linea

M. E. Cameron, A. L. Nahm, B. R. Smith-Konter, R.T. Pappalardo

in preparation for Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Leadership and Outreach

Teaching Assistant

Marissa assisted in instruction for Computer Applications in Geoscience at the University of Texas at El Paso for three semesters. This class familiarized both undergraduate and graduate students with software commonly used in Earth Science, including MATLAB, Generic Mapping Tools, basic UNIX programming, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. She was also the lab and field assistant for senior undergraduate students enrolled in Structural Geology at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she conducted laboratory classes and helped to oversee the class field experience on the Big Island.

The University of Hawai'i Geophysical Society

As President, Vice-President, and Secretary of UHGS, Marissa oversaw more than $1,000 of fundraising for the society. Additionally, she was an integral part of designing and building a robotic 3D sonar mapping exhibit, funded by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and National Science Foundation. Marissa oversaw the deployment of the exhibit at the 2017 School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology open house, which brings more than 7,000 area students and citizen scientists to the university.

The Smallest Research Vessel

The robotic research vessel designed and built by the UHGS, and exhibited in 2017 under Marissa's leadership, uses a sonar sensor to map in real-time a 3D model seafloor. Students can input a track for the conceptual research vessel to follow, and see their survey on a computer screen. Students learn about basic geophysical principles, as well as the basis of mammal echo-location.

About Marissa

Marissa recently graduated with a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in May, 2018. She received her M.S. in Geophysics in 2014 from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she also obtained her Geology B.S., cum laude, in 2012. Marissa received an Associate of Science in Geology, and another in general studies, in 2009 from El Paso Community College. Marissa has since been recognized by EPCC as an outstanding alumnus.

In her spare time, Marissa pursues dancing, both ballet and belly. She has a talent for outreach education and public-facing science, and seeks out leadership roles where they are available.