- Astronomy / solar system
- Careers in space
- Mars exploration
- Space exploration
- Science satellites
- Planetary science
- Virtual conferences
- In-person conferences in the same region as my workplace (up to 50 km away)
PhD Geology and Planetary Science - Western University, Ontario; Bachelor's of Science in Geology - University of St Andrews, UK.
Gavin Tolometti became interested in space exploration and planetary science during the final year of his undergraduate degree. After taking a course where he learned about the interior of Mars and Venus, he wanted to learn about how planetary bodies in our solar system formed and evolved, and how some are still active on their surface. This fascination brought him to Western University in London, Ontario, where he pursued a PhD in planetary science. His research focused on studying the roughness of lava flows on Earth using radar to understand how lava flows on other celestial bodies (in particular, the Moon and Mars) flowed on the surface during volcanic eruptions. During his time as a PhD student, Gavin was involved in numerous research projects and missions: simulating a Mars rover in Utah, being the lead geologist on a field reconnaissance mission to the Canary Islands, and accompanying a NASA and CSA astronaut during a field deployment at the Mistastin Lake impact structure in Newfoundland and Labrador. Gavin is also heavily involved in science communication and outreach; he volunteers with the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration outreach team and is the host of his very own space podcast, “The Diaries of Space Explorers.”
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