Above: Christina Cauley interned with PISCES during the summer of 2014 characterizing planetary analog sites on Hawaii Island as part of the agency’s Geology Team.

Former PISCES Intern Christina Cauley was among five Wesleyan University students to receive an award from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) for Fall 2018.

Cauley was awarded an $8,000 Graduate Research Fellowship for her project “Chemistry and Biology of Giant Hydrothermal Mounds in Paulina Lake, Oregon.” She is an environmental science grad student at Wesleyan in Hartford, Connecticut under the mentorship of Dr. Joop Varekamp, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

According to her student profile, Cauley is specifically interested in applying geochemistry techniques to volcanology, focusing on geohazard studies on earth and related planetology research.

Cauley graduated from University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2015 with a double major in Geology and Anthropology, and a minor in Biology. During her undergraduate studies, she interned with the PISCES Geology Team to study and map planetary analog sites on Hawaii Island that are geologically similar to the Moon and Mars. The staff at PISCES wish Cauley a warm congratulations on her fellowship!