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Samantha Baker


PhD Student in

Planetary Science at Caltech

Samantha R. Baker

PhD Studnet in Planetary Science at California Institute of Technology



I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2021 with a B.S. in Geophysical Sciences. My broad research interests include exploring planetary surface processes through the lens of geochemistry and geomorphology. As an intern at JPL, I studied the behavior of volatiles on Vesta and Ceres in the Extraterrestrial Materials Simulation Lab. In my current research, I use spectral data to understand the aqueuous history of Mars though the examination of silicate weathering, and I also use remote sensing to analyze climate change-related trends in Arctic rivers.

Education & Experience




California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, CA

Ph.D. student in Planetary Science

M.S. in Planetary Science, 2023

July 2020–September 2020

Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA

June 2019–August 2019

Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA


University of Chicago – Chicago, IL

B.S. in Geophysical Sciences, 2021

June 2018–August 2018

Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA

Summers 2015–2017

Duke University, Durham, NC

Skills & Languages


Image Analysis

Programming and Software

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

  • Electron Microprobe

  • Vacuum Chamber System

  • Imaging spectrometer

  • ArcGIS

  • ENVI

  • ImageJ

  • Python

  • Google Earth Engine

  • Ames Stereo Pipeline

Skills & Languages
Awards & Interests

Awards and Grants

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Phi Beta Kappa

Summa Cum Laude

Enrico Fermi Scholar in the Physical Sciences

Illinois Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

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