CURRICULUM VITAE


Planetary Science Institute
1700 East Fort Lowell, Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85719

Mailing Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Rd., Code 691
Greenbelt, MD 20771

cthomas at psi dot edu


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RESEARCH INTERESTS


Observations, spectral properties, and compositions of near-Earth, Main Belt, and Trojan asteroids;
space weathering; connections with meteorites; spacecraft missions to study small bodies


EDUCATION


Ph.D., Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
Thesis: Tracing Meteorite Source Regions Through Asteroid Spectroscopy

B.S., Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 2004


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


Planetary Science Institute
    Research Scientist, 2015-present

Universities Space Research Association/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    Visiting Scientist, 2015-2016

Oak Ridge Associated Universities/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, 2012-2015

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
    Postdoctoral Scholar, 2009-2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    Graduate Student, 2004-2009

University of California, Santa Cruz- NASA Ames Research Center,
  University Affiliated Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
    Small Spacecraft Summer Study Project (S4P): Near-Earth Objects, Summer 2008

NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program, Houston, TX
    Team Leader, Participant 2002-2003

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
    Caltech Summer Undergraduate Fellow, 2001


TEACHING EXPERIENCE & PUBLIC OUTREACH


Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ
    Docent & "Meet an Astronomer", January 2011-May 2012

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
    Instructor, Graduate Seminar, Spring 2010-Spring 2011

International Year of Astronomy 2009, Puerto Rico
    Two astronomy talks in Spanish to students, October 2009 following the DPS meeting

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    Teaching Assistant, The Solar System, Spring 2008
      Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets, Fall 2006
      Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, Spring 2006


FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS


Kavli Institute Frontiers of Science Fellow

NASA ROSES Early Career Fellowship

NASA Postdoctoral Program, 2012-2015

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005-2009

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presidential Fellowship, 2004-2005

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, 2001-2004


AWARDS


MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences: Award for Excellence in Teaching, Spring 2008


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES


American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences


TELESCOPE EXPERIENCE AS PI


8-m Gemini-North, South

6.5-m Magellan

4-m Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO)

4-m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope

3-m NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)

1.5-m Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE


AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA, 2016-present)

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Telescope Allocation Committee (2015-present)

AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Nominating Subcommittee (2011-2014)

NASA Goddard Association of Postdoctoral Scholars Co-President (2013-2014)

Goddard Women in Astrophysics Organizing Committee (2013-present)

Reviewer for Icarus, Planetary and Space Sciences, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters, etc.