Jillian Hudgins, a PhD student in geology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, has been investigating lunar rocks for nearly three years.Her
work has earned her
the Geological Society of America's
2007 Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award. Ms. Hudgins'
research involves the study of metamorphic rocks collected on the Moon's surface by Apollo astronauts.She
is also investigating material that has fallen to Earth naturally as meteorites from the Moon.Her
research has revealed that some of the rocks are over four billion years old.
"My research targets some of the oldest samples of lunar rocks," said Ms. Hudgins
."By determining the age, texture, and composition of these samples, I'm hoping to find out more about the nature of the surface and subsurface of the Moon during its early evolution."
Part of her
research has included visits to NASA's
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.She
has also given several presentations at international conferences. Ms. Hudgins' supervisor is John Spray of UNB's Planetary and Space Science Centre in the department of geology and Canada Research Chair in Planetary Materials.
...Ms. Hudgins is a graduate of Fredericton High School and completed her undergraduate degree in geology at UNBF.