Mikki Osterloo

Research Scientist
Nederland, CO


Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii - Manoa, 2010
M.S. Geological Sciences, Indiana University- Bloomington, 2006
B.S. Environmental Sciences, (Minors in Mathematics and Geology), Indiana University Bloomington, 2002
Dr. Osterloo's research focuses on using laboratory, field, and remote sensing observations to unravel the geologic histories of rocky planetary bodies. Overarching research themes include using ultraviolet, visible to near infrared, and thermal infrared spectroscopy for quantitative mapping of surface compositions, spectroscopic techniques for the identification and characterization of geologic materials, and investigating the processes that have formed and altered the crust and regolith of rocky bodies. Dr. Osterloo has extensive experience in laboratory acquisition of emission and hemispherical reflectance spectra of rocks and minerals for planetary exploration. She also has considerable field experience and has served as faculty for Indiana University's Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. Dr. Osterloo previously worked at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a participating scientist on the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI) and science team member on the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM).