Research Interest Statement
I explore large, interdisciplinary questions through a mineralogical lens.
Minerals are the oldest and most robust materials in our solar system. Minerals record their history of formation and therefore the evolution of environments, planets, and the universe. Minerals are time-machines.
I build on my technical and theoretical background in crystallography, crystal chemistry, and martian mineralogy, to explore new techniques in multidimensional, multivariate analysis and visualization by employing a range of advanced analytics and machine learning techniques to better understand the complex relationships among Earth and planetary materials, their formational environments through deep time, and their coevolution with the biosphere, including identifying and characterizing mineralogical signs of life.
- Mineralogical signs of life
- Data-driven approaches to characterizing the coevolution of the geosphere and biosphere
- Applications of advanced analytics to Earth and planetary systems, with a particular emphasis in mineral relationships
- Martian mineralogy via surface missions (CheMin, NASA MSL) and meteorites
- Crystal chemical behavior and bonding systematics in minerals
Morrison SM, Prabhu A, Eleish A, Hazen RM, Golden JJ, Downs RT, Perry S, Burns PC, Ralph J, Fox P (2023) Machine learning approaches for predictive mineralogy in Earth and planetary science: A study in mineral association analysis, PNAS Nexus, 2(5):pgad110. doi: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad110
Prabhu A, Morrison SM, Fox PA, Ma X, *Wong ML, *Williams J, McGuinness KN, Krivovichev S, Lehnert K, Ralph J, Lafuente B, Downs RT, Walter MJ, Hazen RM (2022) What is Mineral Informatics? American Mineralogist, 108 (7): 1242–1257. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2022-8613
Hazen RM & Morrison SM (2022) On the paragenetic modes of minerals: A mineral evolution perspective, American Mineralogist, 107, 1262–1287
Hazen RM, Morrison SM, Prabhu A, Walter MJ, *Williams JR (2022) An evolutionary system of mineralogy, Part VII: The evolution of the igneous minerals (> 2500 Ma), American Mineralogist, 10.2138/am-2022-8539 (In Press)
Hazen RM, Morrison SM (2021) An evolutionary system of mineralogy, Part V: Aqueous and thermal alteration of planetesimals (~4565 to 4550 Ma), American Mineralogist, 106(9), 1388-1419, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2021-7760
Hazen RM, Morrison SM, Prabhu A (2020) An evolutionary system of mineralogy, Part III: Primary chondrule mineralogy (4566 to 4561 Ma), American Mineralogist, 106(3), 325-350 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2020-7564
Morrison SM and Hazen RM (2020) An evolutionary system of mineralogy, part II: Interstellar and solar nebula primary condensation mineralogy (> 4.565 Ga) American Mineralogist, 105(10), 1508-1535, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2020-7447
Hazen RM and Morrison SM (2020) An evolutionary system of mineralogy, part I: stellar mineralogy (>13 to 4.6 Ga). American Mineralogist, 105 (5): 627–651, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2020-7173
Morrison SM, Buongiorno J, Downs RT, Eleish A, Fox P, Giovannelli D, Golden JJ, Hummer DR, Hystad G, Kellogg LH, Kreylos O, Krivovichev SV, Liu C, Merdith A, Prabhu A, Ralph J, Runyon SE, Zahirovic S, Hazen RM (2020) Exploring carbon mineral systems: Recent advances in C mineral evolution, mineral ecology, and network analysis, Frontiers, 8, 208, https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2020.00208
Morrison SM, Downs RT, Blake DF, Vaniman DT, Ming DW, Rampe EB, Bristow TF, Achilles CN, Chipera SJ, Yen AS, Morris RV, Treiman AH, Hazen RM, Sarrazin PC, Fendrich KV, Morookian JM, Farmer JD, Des Marais DJ, Craig PI (2018) Crystal chemistry of martian minerals from Bradbury Landing through Naukluft Plateau, Gale crater, Mars, American Mineralogist, 103(6), 857-871, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2018-6124
Morrison SM, Downs RT, Blake DF, Prabhu A, Eleish A, Vaniman DT, Ming DW, Rampe EB, Bristow TF, Achilles CN, Chipera SJ, Yen AS, Morris RV, Treiman AH, Hazen RM, Sarrazin PC, Gellert R, Fendrich KV, Morookian JM, Farmer JD, Des Marais DJ, Craig PI (2018) Relationships between unit-cell parameters and composition for rock-forming minerals on Earth, Mars, and other extraterrestrial bodies, American Mineralogist, 103(6), 848-856, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2018-6123