Soile Kukkonen


Soile Kukkonen, MSc, University of Oulu

  • Phone: +358 (40) 825 0400
  • Email: Soile.Kukkonen

Me and my planetary science

I’m generally interested in the geological processess of terrestrial planets.

At the moment I am investigating crater counting, a surface dating method which enables determining the relative surfeace ages of terrestrial planets and satellites without sample return. I apply this technique to areas near the largest  impact structure on Mars the Hellas impact basin. In particular, I am interested in outlining the water and ice history on the four outflow channels (Dao, Niger, Harmakhis and Reull Valles) on the basin’s eastern rim region. The work is part of my PhD research.


  • University of Oulu, Department of Physics, Planetology research group, Oulu, Finland: 2011–onwards
  • Arctic Planetary Science Institute, Rovaniemi, Finland: 2014–present

Top publications

  • Korteniemi J. & Kukkonen S., 2018. Volcanic structures within Niger and Dao Valles, Mars, and implications for outflow channel evolution and Hellas basin rim development. Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 45, iss. 7, pp. 2934–2944, doi:10.1002/2018GL077067. Link to article.
  • Kukkonen S. & Kostama V.-P., 2018. Mapping and dating based evolution studies of the Niger Vallis outflow channel, Mars. Planetary and Space Science, vol. 153, pp. 54–71, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2017.12.012. Link to article.
  • Kukkonen S. & Kostama V.-P., 2018. Usability of small impact craters on small surface areas in crater count dating: Analysing examples from the Harmakhis Vallis outflow channel, Mars. Icarus, vol. 305, pp. 33–49, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.01.004. Link to article.
  • Kostama V.-P., Kukkonen S. & Raitala J., 2017. Resurfacing event observed in Morpheos basin (Eridania Planitia) and the implications to the formation and timing of Waikato and Reull Valles, Mars. Planetary and Space Science, Volume 140, p. 35-48. doi:10.1016/j.pss.2017.04.001. Link to article.

Other achievements, positions of trust, etc.

  • Best poster prize, Physic Days 2016, University of Oulu, Finland, 2016
  • Amelia Earhart fellow, Zonta International, 2012 and 2013