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Sonya Bogle

Sonya is a geographer at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. Sonya obtained her bachelor’s degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2021. She is currently working with the Planetary Mapping Group, Astrolink, and Planetary Data Systems groups to make various resources more digitally accessible to the planetary science community, including maps, data, and archival materials.

I graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2021, and while obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Geology, I spent extensive time in the field, creating my own proposals, and researching various geologic topics. I was a two-time recipient of the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award, heading my own research theses in the fields of Paleoecology and Volcanology, while also helping with lab and research assistantships. I previously worked on the NASA RPIF/Astrolink archival inventory project at the Astrogeology Science Center (ASC), and the exposure to planetary science, data management, and public accessibility all piqued my interest. My main points of interest are geologic mapping, fieldwork, GIS, and data accessibility. /the opportunities to provide greater support for the planetary science community and for the general public make me eager to see what the future holds at ASC!


Professional Experience

  • 2022 – Present: Geographer, USGS Astrogeology Science Center

  • 2021: Laboratory Assistant, NAU Center for Ecosystem Science and Society

  • 2020 – 2021: Principal Investigator, NAU School of Earth & Sustainability

  • 2019 – 2021: Student Contractor, USGS Astrogeology Science Center

  • 2019 – 2020: Principal Investigator, NAU Laboratory of Paleoecology

  • 2018 – 2019: Research Assistant, NAU Laboratory of Paleoecology


Education and Certifications

  • B.S. Geology, Northern Arizona University (2021)


Honors and Awards

  • 2020 – Larry Headlee Award

  • 2020 – Cree Foundation Award

  • 2019, 2020 – Hooper Undergraduate Research Award Grant

  • 2018 – NAU Interns-to-Scholars Undergraduate Research Grant


Abstracts and Presentations

  • 2021 NAU Undergraduate Research Symposium – Determining Subduction Initiation Patterns Through Geochemical Analysis of Detrital Zircons, Sierra Nevada, CA

  • 2021 52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference – Improvements To Information Services In Astrolink

  • 2020 NAU Undergraduate Research Symposium – The Microscopic Analysis of Post-Glacial Plant Remains from Kelly Lake, Kenai Lowlands, Alaska


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