Amanda Nahm

In Iceland, at the bridge between two continents.

Amanda L. Nahm, PhD, planetary geologist

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Me and my planetary science

My expertise is in the area of planetary tectonics, focusing on the geologic and structural evolution of bodies with solid surfaces. I have studied the surfaces of Mercury, the Moon, Mars, Europa, and Enceladus during my career. I use a combination of photogeologic, topographic, and spatial analyses and modeling in order to understand the geologic and tectonic histories of my study areas.

I am currently an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin. The goal of my research is to produce a global map of extensional structures on the Moon, classify them, and to describe their distribution. This map is based on images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and is being produced with colleagues from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

My past work has included the creation of a classification scheme for the tectonic structures on Enceladus, evaluating whether a fault on Europa would slip from tidal stresses, determining the origin of the rings of Orientale Basin on the Moon (with fellow APSI member Teemu Öhman), calculating the global strain accumulated by faults on Mars, and investigating evidence for recent glaciation on Mars.


  • Arctic Planetary Science Institute, 2018–present
  • Past:
    • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin, Germany, 2015–2018
    • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA: 2013–2015
    • University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA: 2011–2013
    • Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, USA: 2010–2011

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