After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics & Planetary Science at Boston University, I pushed onward to the PhD program in Geology at University of Tennessee Knoxville with Prof. Devon Burr. In 2019, we moved to the expanding Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University, where I am finishing the last few years of my PhD.
I am primarily interested in planetary geomorphology and sedimentology across the solar system and especially how remote sensing with tools like radar can characterize very fine-scale properties of a planet’s surface.
My dissertation focuses around Saturn’s icy moon, Titan. Since it is the only planetary body beyond Earth where we can study potentially extant river systems (albeit under very different conditions), Titan exists as an interesting alternative for testing our understanding of sedimentological processes. In particular, I study the transport and weathering of icy cobbles down the length of fluvial channels observed on Titan. As on Earth, grain properties would be expected to change downstream—something which I am studying primarily through analysis of radar images provided by NASA’s recently completed Cassini-Huygens mission. An experimental study is being performed in parallel by our collaborator at Colgate University, Joseph Levy, which will attempt to recreate the weathering we see on Titan in a lab here on Earth.
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Maue, A.D., Fedo, C. (2020) Preliminary Experiments Regarding the Effect of Frozen Sediment on Fluvial Morphology. 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (conference cancelled), Abstract 2206.
Maue, A.D., Matulka, P.R., Levy, J.S., Burr, D.M., Nathan. E. (2020). Rapid Abrasion of Water Ice Sediment During Simulated Fluvial Transport in the Titan Tumbler. 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (conference cancelled), Abstract 2129.
Maue, A.D., Burr, D.M., Levy, J.S., Matulka, P.R. (2019). Connecting field, lab, and mission data toward an understanding of fluvial processes on Titan. Invited oral presentation, at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstract 67-4.
Maue, A.D., Burr, D.M., Levy, J.S., Matulka, P.R., Nathan, E. (2019). Where ice is rock and gas is liquid: Fluvial sedimentology on Saturn’s moon Titan. Poster presentation, at GSA Penrose Conference: Climatic controls on continental erosion and sediment transport.
Patthoff, D.A., Maue, A.D., Pappalardo, R.T., Collins, G.C., Patterson, G.W., Kinczyk, M.J. (2019) Ridges of Enceladus’s leading and trailing hemispheres. Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting, Abstract 7026.
Maue, A.D., Carnes, L.K., Burr, D.M. (2019). Grain properties from synthetic aperture radar: Terrestrial radar analogs for Titan’s alluvial sediment. Poster presentation, at 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 2734.
Matulka, P.R., Levy, J.S., Burr, D.M., Maue, A.D. (2019) Rounding and comminution rates of ice clasts using the Titan Tumbler: Fluctuating roundness and stepped mass loss. 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1490.