Dr. Thelma Berquo is a faculty member in the physics department at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
She has been working with magnetic characterization of geological and lab prepared iron oxides samples.
The iron phases are present on Earth and are analogs of phases on Mars’s surface. Mossbauer spectroscopy is used to investigate the contribution of particle size and iron substitution on the iron phases.
Dr. Berquo is also helping run various Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Intercollegiate Challenges.