Megan Barrington

Geological Sciences


I’ve been a graduate student at Cornell since 2018, after completing my B.A. in Astrogeophysics from Colgate University. I am a member of the science team for Mastcam-Z, which is a set of two multispectral, stereoscopic cameras onboard the Mars 2020 Rover, Perseverance. In addition to supporting the rover’s surface operations, I use our Mastcam-Z emulator MASI (Mastcam-Z Analog Spectral Imager) to provide field analog research that we use to better understand data collected by Mastcam-Z on Mars. I also study comet surface evolution and the processes that govern these changes. In particular, I focus on the processes and pathways by which regolith migrates in the smooth terrains of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Research interests

Comet geomorphology

Multispectral imaging

Planetary and small body surface evolution

Research Focus

Advisor: Professor Alex Hayes