Lynnae Quick

Dr. Lynnae Quick is a planetary scientist who studies volcanism on the planets and moons of our solar system. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T), and The Catholic University of America, respectively, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. While at A&T, Dr. Quick participated in REU programs at the North Carolina A&T Environmental Studies Site and at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), in Charlottesville, VA. She was also a research associate in the NASA Academy Intern Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. For her doctoral thesis she modeled: (1) the effects of conductive and convective cooling on the ascent of icy magma (cryomagma) on Jupiter’s moon Europa, (2) ice shell structure and heat transfer processes during the solidification of subsurface oceans on the icy Galilean satellites, and, (3) cryovolcanic eruptions on Europa and the feasibility of orbiting spacecraft to detect them.

As a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow, Dr. Quick modeled the dynamics and cooling behavior of lava flows on the planet Venus in an effort to place better constraints on the formation of the enigmatic pancake domes. As a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, she is currently applying these models to the formation of putative cryovolcanic domes on Europa. Dr. Quick is also a member of the science team for NASA’s Europa Mission, serving as a co-investigator on the camera team and is also an affiliate science team member on NASA's Dawn Mission. Other professional interests include the internal structures of the ice giants, Neptune and Uranus, applying geophysical knowledge of the bodies in our solar system to the characterization of extrasolar planets and moons, and astrobiology.