Dr. Kerri Donaldson Hanna

Dr. Kerri Donaldson Hanna is a planetary geologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She received her BS in Space Sciences from Florida Institute of Technology in 1999, her MS in Geological Sciences at Brown University in 2010, and her PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2013. Dr. Donaldson Hanna was a postdoctoral researcher within the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics sub-department at the University of Oxford before receiving a UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellowship to continue her research at Oxford for an additional 3.5 years. While at Oxford, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church College and was awarded the early career Winton Capital Geophysics Award from the Royal Astronomical Society.
Dr. Donaldson Hanna’s research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of airless bodies like the Moon, Mercury, Mars' moons, and asteroids. She pursues this research interest using several methods including: (1) obtaining telescopic observations of these objects, (2) analysing and interpreting telescopic observations and spacecraft observations of these objects, (3) making laboratory measurements of airless body analogues to compare with the remote sensing observations, and (4) developing space instrumentation for observing airless bodies. Dr. Donaldson Hanna is also interested in understanding the effects of particle size, porosity, albedo, and near surface conditions of airless bodies on their thermal infrared signature and how to best simulate these in the laboratory. She utilizes these areas of expertise to participate in NASA missions including as a Co-Investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment and a Participating Scientist on OSIRIS-REx.


Bowles, N., C. Snodgrass, A. Gibbings, J. P. Sanchez Cuartielles, J. Arnold, P .Eccleston, T. Andert, A. Probst, G. Naletto, A. Nathues, A. C. Vandaele, J. de Leon, N. Thomas, L. Jorda, V. Da Deppo, H. Haack, S. F. Green, B. Carry, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, J. L. Jorgensen, F. E. Demeo, M. Patel, J. Davies, K. Kinch, F. Clarke, A. Guilbert-Lepoutre, J. Agarwal, A. S. Rivkin, P. Pravec, S. Fornasier, M. Granvik, R. Jones, N. Murdoch, K. Joy, E. Pascale, M. Tecza, J. M. Barnes, J. Licandro, B. T. Greenhagen, S. B. Calcutt, C. Marriner, T. Warren, and I. Tosh (2017), CASTAway: An Asteroid Main Belt Tour and Survey, Advances in Space Research, 62, 1998-2025, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.021.

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., B. T. Greenhagen, W. R. Patterson III, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, N. E. Bowles, D. A. Paige, T. D. Glotch, and C. Thompson (2017), Effects of varying environmental conditions on emissivity spectra of bulk lunar soils: Application to Diviner thermal infrared observations of the Moon, Icarus, 283, 326-342, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.034.

Lucey, P., B. Greenhagen, E. Song, J. A. Arnold, M. Lemelin, K. Donaldson Hanna, N. E. Bowles, T. D. Glotch, and D. A. Paige (2017), Space weathering effects in Diviner Lunar Radiometer multispectral infrared measurements of the lunar Christensen feature: Characteristics and mitigation, Icarus, 283, 343-351, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.010.

Snodgrass, C., G. H. Jones, H. Boehnhardt, A. Gibbings, M. Homeister, N. Andre, P. Beck, M. S. Bentley, I. Bertini, N. Bowles, M. T. Capria, C. Carr, M. Ceriotti, A. J. Coates, V. Della Corte, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, A. Fitzsimmons, P. J. Gutierrez, O. R. Hainaut, A. Herique, M. Hilchenbach, H. H. Hsieh, E. Jehin, W. Kofman, K. Laudan, J. Licandro, S. C. Lowry, F. Marzari, A. Masters, K. J. Meech, A. Morse, R. Orosei, A. Pack, D. Plettemeier, D. Prialnik, A. Rotundi, M. Rubin, J. P. Sanchez, S. Sheridan, M. Trieloff, and A. Winterboer (2017), The Castalia mission to Main Belt Comet 133P/Elst-Pizarro, Advances in Space Research, 62, 1947-1976, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2017.09.011.

Warren, T., N. Bowles, K. Donaldson Hanna, and I. Thomas (2017), The Oxford Space Environment Goniometer: A new experimental setup for making directional emissivity measurements under a simulated space environment, Review of Scientific Instruments, 88, 124502, doi:10.1063/1.4986657.


Elder, C., P. Hayne, J. Bandfield, R. Ghent, J-P. Williams, K. Donaldson Hanna, and D. Paige (2016), Young Lunar Volcanic Features: Thermophysical Properties and Formation, Icarus, 290, 224-237, doi:10.1016/j.icarus/2017.03.004.

Pernet-Fisher, J. F., K. H. Joy, D. J. P. Martin, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, and the Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility (EIMF) (2016), Shock state of the lunar highlands: Implications for the petrogenesis of the crustal anorthosite suite, Scientific Reports, 7, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06134-x.


Williams, K., C. Jackson, L. Cheek, K. Donaldson Hanna, S. Parman, C. Pieters, M. Dyar, and T. Prissel (2015), Reflectance spectroscopy of chromium-bearing spinel with application to recent orbital data from the Moon, American Mineralogist, 101,3, 726-734, doi:10.2138/am-2016-5535.


Donaldson Hanna, K. L., L. C. Cheek, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, B. T. Greenhagen, I. R. Thomas, and N. E. Bowles (2014), Global assessment of pure crystalline plagioclase across the Moon and implications for the evolution of the primary crust, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JE004476.

Jackson, C., L. Cheek, K. Williams, K. Donaldson Hanna, C. Pieters, S. Parman, R. Cooper, D. Dyar, M. Nelms, and M. Salvatore (2014), Visible-infrared spectral properties of iron-bearing aluminate spinel under lunar-like redox conditions, American Mineralogist, Lunar Highlands Special Issue, doi:10.2138/am-2014-4793.

Pieters, C. M., K. Donaldson Hanna, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, T. Prissel, C. Jackson, D. Moriarty, S. Parman, and L. A. Taylor (2014), The distribution and origin of Mg-spinel on the Moon, American Mineralogist, Lunar Highlands Special Issue, doi:10.2138/am-2014-4776.


Cheek, L., K. Donaldson Hanna, C. Pieters, J. Head, and J. Whitten (2013), The distribution and purity of anorthosite across the Orientale basin: New perspectives from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, doi:10.1002/jgre.20126.


Allen, C. C., B. T. Greenhagen, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, and D. A. Paige (2012), Analysis of lunar pyroclastic deposit FeO abundances by LRO Diviner, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E00H28, doi:10.1029/2011JE003982.

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., M. B. Wyatt, I. R. Thomas, N. E. Bowles, B. T. Greenhagen, A. Maturilli, J. Helbert, and D. A. Paige (2012), Thermal infrared emissivity measurements under a simulated lunar environment: Application to the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E00H05, doi:10.1029/2011JE003862.

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., I. R. Thomas, N. E. Bowles, B. T. Greenhagen, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, C. R. M. Jackson, and M. B. Wyatt (2012), Laboratory emissivity measurements of the plagioclase solid solution series under varying environmental conditions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E11004, doi:10.1029/2012JE004184.

Thomas, I., B. Greenhagen, N. Bowles, K. Donaldson Hanna, J. Temple, and S. Calcutt (2012), A new experimental setup for making thermal emission measurements in a simulated lunar environment, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 124502, doi:10.1063/14769084.


Glotch, T. D., P. G. Lucey, J. L. Bandfield, B. T. Greenhagen, I. R. Thomas, R. C. Elphic, N. Bowles, M. B. Wyatt, C. C. Allen, K. Donaldson Hanna, and D. A. Paige (2010), Highly silicic compositions on the Moon, Science, 329, doi: 10.1126/science.1192148.

Greenhagen, B. T., P. G. Lucey, M. B. Wyatt, T. D. Glotch, C. C. Allen, J. A. Arnold, J. L. Bandfield, N. E. Bowles, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, P. O. Hayne, E. Song, I. R. Thomas, and D. A. Paige (2010), Global silicate mineralogy of the Moon from the Diviner Lunar Radiometer, Science, 329, doi:10.1126/science.1192196.


Donaldson Hanna, K. L. and A. L. Sprague (2009), Vesta and the HED meteorites: Mid-infrared modeling of minerals and their abundances, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 44, 1755-1770.

Sprague, A. L., K. L. Donaldson Hanna, R. W. H. Kozlowski, J. Helbert, A. Maturilli, J. B. Warell, and J. L. Hora (2009), Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet, Planetary and Space Science, 57, 364-383.


Sprague, A. L., J. P. Emery, K. L. Donaldson, R. W. Russell, D. K. Lynch, and A. L. Mazuk (2002), Mercury: Mid-infrared (3-13.5 μm) observations show heterogeneous composition, presence of intermediate and basic soil types, and pyroxene, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 37, 1255-1268.