Scientific Advisory Committee

 

  • Zouhair BENKHALDOUN

    Zouhaïr-BenkhaldounZouhair Benkhaldoun is Professor of Astronomy/Astrophysics at the University Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech, Morocco). He is one of the founder and now head of the first Astronomical Observatory in Morocco, the Oukaimeden Observatory, in the Altas Mountain range. He is the author or co-author of 38 peer-review publications, and has published in Nature and Nature Astronomy.
    Contact: zouhair@uca.ac.ma

     

  • Moulley Charaf CHABOU

    ChabouMoulley Charaf Chabou is Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Ferhat Abbas University, Setif 1 (Algeria) and is currently the Director of the Institute of Architecture andEarth Sciences of this University. His current research interests include impact craters and meteorites in Algeria. He participates actively to the popularization of Astronomy in Algeria as a member of the Algerian Association of Amateur Astronomers. For further information :
    http://iast.univ-setif.dz/index.php/27-perso/192-chabou
    Contact: charaf.chabou@hotmail.com

     

  • Richard DAMOAH
    Richard_DamoahRichard Damoah is an Associate Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (US) and affiliated to Morgan State University, he is also the director at the Space Science and Technology Laboratory at All Nations University College (Ghana), and Adjunct Associate Professor at St. Monica University (Cameroon). His interest is in Atmospheric Science looking at Atmospheric Pollution and its interaction with Climate and Health.
    Contact: Richard.Damoah@nasa.gov
  • Luigi FOLCO
    LuigiFolcoLuigi Folco is associate professor of petrology and petrography at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of the University of Pisa, where he holds the courses of Planetary Geology, Cosmochemistry and Geowriting. Luigi is department Coordinator for the Internationalization of the Earth Science, and national coordinator of the Antarctic meteorite search project within the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA). His areas of research include: cosmochemistry of meteorites and micrometeorites to explore the origin and evolution of the Solar System; the geology and geochemistry of impact craters and impactites; and the search for meteorites in hot and cold deserts.
    Contact: luigi.folco@unisi.it
  • John Bosco HABARULEMA
    John Bosco Habarulema is a researcher within the Science Research and Applications group of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Hermanus, South Africa.  He holds a PhD in Space Physics from Rhodes University, South Africa. JB_Habarulema_PhotoHe is a research associate in the Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University and a visiting lecturer at  Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. In addition to working with postgraduate (Honors,  MSc and PhD) students registered at South African Universities, he supervises research students in a number of other African countries. His research interests include  ionospheric modelling and characterisation, low latitude electrodynamics and long-term trends in ionospheric storm effects along with related physical mechanisms.
    Contact: jhabarulema@sansa.org.za
  • Alex HOFMANN
    AH2Alex Hofmann is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geology of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He holds a doctorate from the University of Mainz in Germany and has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Wits University in Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. His main interest and expertise is centred on Archaean surface processes, early life and sediment-hosted mineral deposits.
  • Christian KOEBERL
    Contact: christian.koeberl@univie.ac.at
  • Melessew NIGUSSIE

    melessew_photo2Melessew Nigussie is an assistant professor of physics and researcher at Washera Geospace and Radar Science Research Laboratory (WaGRL), at Bahir dar University, Ethiopia. He received his PhD in space physics from Bahir Dar University in conjunction with the International center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy in 2014. He is also regular associate at ICTP and teaches space physics in different universities of Ethiopia. He supervises space physics Msc and PhD students and directs WaGRL. His current research interests are modeling physical processes and understanding the driving mechanisms of the ionospheric irregularities.
    Contact: melessewnigussie@yahoo.com

     

  • Christian Schröder

    ChristianSchroderChristian Schröderis a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science & Planetary Exploration at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK. He is an Executive Board member of the Scottish Planetary Science Research Network (spero.ac.uk) and is involved in planetary exploration including the ongoing NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity mission. His research interest include the (bio)geochemical iron cycle and its interactions with other elemental cycles such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur, and the cross-fertilisation between environmental science and planetary exploration.
    Contact: christian.schroeder@stir.ac.uk

  • Wolf Uwe REIMOLD
    uwe_reimoldWolf Uwe Reimold is a Professor of Mineralogy and Petrography at the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Brasilia (Brasil). Previously he carried out research and taught Mineralogy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa) for 21 years, and then for 12 years at the Museum für Ntaurkunde and Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). Uwe’s research has mainly involved multidisciplinary (field, mineralogical-geochemical laboratory, and shock experimentation) work. He has studied meteorite impact-generated mineral and rock deformation and impactites in impact structures in Africa, Europe, and South America. He is the author or co-author of a number of books and more than 300 refereed publications.
    Contact: uwe.reimold@mfn.berlin
  • Amanda SICKAFOOSE
    AmandaAmanda Sickafoose is the Head of Instrumentation at the South African Astronomical Observatory. Her team build and support instruments for SALT (the Southern African Large Telescope) and the other telescopes in Sutherland.  She received her PhD in 2002 from the University of Colorado, on the topic of experimental electrostatic dust charging and applications for near-surface planetary environments.  Current research areas include studies of large TransNeptunian objects (including Pluto, and with specific focus on stellar occultation observations), Centaur ring systems, and asteroid characterization.
    Contact: amanda@saao.ac.za
  • Anne VERBISCER
    anne_verbiscer_02_daAnne Verbiscer is a Research Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. She is an Assistant Project Scientist on NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt and was a Participating Scientist on NASA/ESA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University where she studied the photometric properties of icy surfaces in the outer Solar System. Her current research focuses on physical characterization of transneptunian objects and icy satellites and rings of the giant planets through near-infrared spectroscopy, photometry, and occultation studies.
    Contact: av4n@virginia.edu