Sonia M Tikoo
Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright-Rieman Laboratories, 610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
sonia.tikoo [-at-] rutgers.edu
Much of my research has focused on lunar paleomagnetism and placing constraints on the temporal evolution and decline of the (now extinct!) lunar core dynamo field. Establishing the lifetime and intensity record of the lunar magnetic field has implications for the dynamo generation mechanism and the thermal evolution of the Moon.
I also study the physical effects of impact cratering events on planetary surfaces. Understanding the interplay of shock, impact heating, and hydrothermal alteration processes on target rocks will allow us to better understand the magnetic signatures of cratered surfaces on other planetary bodies. I was recently selected as a member of the Science Party for the upcoming IODP Expedition 364 to study the paleomagnetism of Chicxulub crater near the Yucatan Peninsula.
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