Above: Christina Cauley interned with PISCESʻ geology team in Summer 2014 characterizing planetary analog sites on Hawaii Island.

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 graduate student attending Wesleyan in Hartford, Connecticut under the mentorship of Dr. Joop Varekamp, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. 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 PISCES’ geology team to study and map planetary analog sites on Hawaii Island with similar geological characteristics to the Moon and Mars. The staff at PISCES wish Cauley a warm congratulations on her fellowship!