Chris H Okubo, PhD

Biography

Education

  • Ph.D., Geological Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2005
  • B.S., Geology & Geophysics, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 1997

 

Professional Experience

U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center

Deputy Center Director and Research Operations Lead (2018-Present)

  • Help to oversee management of the Astrogeology Science Center
  • Serve as chief for the Research Operations branch of the Astrogeology Science Center
  • Continue research activities as time permits

Research Geophysicist (2008 - 2018)

  • Characterization of strain localization in terrestrial analogs of Martian sedimentary deposits and implications for subsurface fluid flow
    Thermal characterization of pit craters on Kīlauea volcano, Hawai‘i
    High resolution structural mapping in west Candor Chasma, Mars
    Stability analyses of Martian “gullies” and investigation of formation mechanisms
    Geotechnical asessments of planetary soils and rock masses
    Mission operations for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
    HiRISE Co-Investigator and theme lead for tectonic processes
    Science team member on the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) camera for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
    Characterization of strain localization in terrestrial analogs of Martian sedimentary deposits and implications for subsurface fluid flow
  • Thermal characterization of pit craters on Kīlauea volcano, Hawai‘i
  • High resolution structural mapping in west Candor Chasma, Mars
  • Stability analyses of Martian “gullies” and investigation of formation mechanisms
  • Geotechnical assessments of planetary soils and rock masses
  • Mission operations for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • HiRISE Co-Investigator and theme lead for tectonic processes
  • Science team member on the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) camera for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

 

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2005 - 2008)

  • Investigating fracture-controlled fluid flow on Mars
  • HiRISE mission operations

 

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Research Assistant (2000 - 2005)

  • Investigating strain localization in porous rocks and implications for deformation band formation
  • Structural analysis of thrust fault-related folds on Mars

 

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai‘i

Research Associate (1997 - 2000)

  • Satellite monitoring of active terrestrial volcanoes