Robert Herrick

Remote Sensing

Dr. Herrick uses spacecraft data from planetary missions to study the geologic history of the solid bodies in the solar system. His primary areas of research are 1) the impact cratering process, and 2) the relationship between interior dynamics and surface processes, particularly on Venus. Techniques that he has used include spherical harmonic modeling of gravity and topography, photogeology, geologic field work, reflection seismology, photogrammetry, magnetic prospecting, experimental impacts, and finite-difference modeling. He has worked with topography, gravity, and image data from planetary missions that span the solar system. In addition to research, Dr. Herrick has a long history of doing educational outreach and bringing the excitement of planetary science to the public. He developed a state-wide traveling planetarium program that he continues to oversee. Dr. Herrick is originally from Texas and began his career in oil exploration geophysics. He moved to planetary science in the late 1980s and moved to Alaska in 2004. He is married with one son, and endurance sports are his main hobby.

Current Positions: 
Research Professor, Group Leader - Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing
Present Research Interests: 
  • Venus interior dynamics and relation to surface processes
  • Impact cratering on the terrestrial planets and icy satellites
  • Stereo photogrammetry and radargrammetry
Selected Pubs: 
  • Herrick, R. R., D. L. Stahlke, and V. L. Sharpton, Fine-scale Venusian topography from Magellan stereo data, EOS, 93, 125-126, 2012.
  • Herrick, R. R., and M. E. Rumpf, Postimpact modification by volcanic or tectonic processes as the rule, not the exception, for Venusian craters, J. Geophys. Res 116, E02004, doi:10.1029/2010JE003722, 2011.
  • Herrick, R. R., and K. K. Hessen, The planforms of low-angle impact craters in the northern hemisphere of Mars , Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 41, 1483-1495, 2006.