Dr. Elizabeth Turtle, Co-Investigator, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Dr. Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle, a Co-Investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. She received her B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989 and studied Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab., where she received her Ph.D. in 1998 for her dissertation on impact cratering. Prior to joining APL she was a research scientist at Univ. Arizona and the Planetary Science Institute.
Dr. Turtle's research focus is combining remote sensing observations with numerical geophysical models to study geological structures and their implications for the surfaces and interiors of the planets on which they formed, including impact cratering on terrestrial planets and icy satellites, creep of ice-rich permafrost on Mars, mountain formation on Io, and lakes on Titan. She was an associate of the imaging team on the Galileo mission to Jupiter, planning and analyzing observations of Io. She's currently an imaging team associate on the Cassini mission in orbit around Saturn, for which she coordinates observations of Titan.