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Nancy Chanover

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Dr. Chanover’s research involves the study of planetary atmospheres using visible and infrared imaging and spectroscopic techniques. She has worked on projects involving the upper atmospheric chemistry of Venus; measuring wind speeds on Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn; and studying the atmospheric vertical structure of Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan using radiative transfer modeling. Many of her ground-based observing efforts have been in support of and complementary to NASA spacecraft missions such as Galileo and Cassini. Dr. Chanover is also involved in the development of new instrumentation for planetary science, primarily acousto-optic tunable filter cameras for high spectral resolution imaging polarimetry and/or spatially resolved spectroscopy. Dr. Chanover is the PI of NASA’s Planetary Data System Atmospheres Discipline Node, which is located in the NMSU Astronomy Department. The PDS archives all data from planetary spacecraft missions.

There are currently three graduate students working with Dr. Chanover. Kyle Uckert is studying the use of an instrumentation suite for the detection of biosignatures on solar system surfaces.  Kyle successfully defended his Ph.D. in August 2016 and will graduate in December 2016.

Fourth-year student Xander Thelen is studying the chemical evolution of Titan’s atmosphere using ALMA observations. Xander is supported by a NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship.

Second-year student Emma Dahl is working on the acquisition and analysis of ground-based hyperspectral images of Jupiter in support of the Juno mission.


Previous Ph.D. Students
  • Candace Gray (2015), The Effects of Solar Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections, and Co-Rotating Interaction Regions on the Venusian 5577 A Oxygen Green Line
  • Adam McKay (2013), The Volatile Composition of Comets as Inferred from Gas Production
  • Chas Miller (2013), Methods for Constraining Surface Properties and Volatile Migration on Phoebe Triton, Pluto, and the Moon
  • Michael Sussman (2011), Modeling Seasonal Change on Uranus with the EPIC GCM
  • Paul Strycker (2011), Studies of Jovian Atmospheric Structure and Coloring Agents Using Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Randall Carlson (2011), Spatial and Seasonal Variations in Saturn’s Haze and Vertical Phosphine Distribution at 3 Microns from 2005 to 2010
  • James Norwood (2010), The Vertical Structure of the Uranian Atmosphere Near Equinox as Modeled with Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Observations
  • Carrie Anderson (2006), Aerosol Vertical Structure in Earth-Analog Atmospheres: Titan’s Haze and Martian Dust
  • Takafumi Temma (2005), Vertical Structure Modeling of Saturn with High Spectral Resolution Imaging

Dr. Chanover currently teaches the online version of the undergraduate course entitled Introduction to Astronomy (ASTR 110G). She has previously taught other introductory and upper level undergraduate astronomy courses at NMSU, as well as a graduate course on Solar System Astrophysics and directed independent studies related to planetary atmospheres.


Curriculum Vitae (last updated: 09/13/16)

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