Education

  • University of Arizona (2013-Present)- PhD Geosciences:
    Rare earth element (REE) mineralogy & mineral evolution.
    Crystal-chemistry of mars soil, Gale crater (NASA MSL).
    Advisor: Dr. R.T. Downs
  • University of Arizona (2013)- MS Geosciences
  • Georgia Southwestern State University (2011)- BS Geology

Professional Experience

  • Graduate research assistant (2012-Present)- Science Team Member, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA
  • Graduate teaching assistant (2011-2012)- Mineralogy, Geosciences 306, University of Arizona
  • Co-Owner and Manager (2007-2011)- Papa's Pizza, Montezuma, GA

Professional Memberships

  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) 2011 - Present
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) 2010 - Present
  • The Geological Society of America (GSA) 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award, National Science Foundation (2013)
  • Galileo Circle Scholarship (2013)
  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship (2012)
  • Sulzer Scholarship (2012)
  • ChevronTexaco Geology Fellowship (2012 & 2013)
  • Arden Scholarship (2009-2010, 2010-2011)
  • National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant (2009-2010, 2010-2011)
  • Georgia Southwestern AIPG Student of the Year (2011)

Journal Publications

  • Morrison S M, Downs R T, Yang H (2012) Redetermination of kovdorskite, Mg2PO4(OH)·3H2O, Acta Crystallographica E68 (2012) i12-i13
  • Morrison S M, Downs R T, Domanik K ., Yang H, Doell D (2012) Nioboaeschynite-(Ce), Ce(NbTi)O6, Acta Crystallographica E68, i64-i65
  • Andrade M B, Morrison S M, Di Domizio A J, Feinglos M N, Downs R T (2012) Robertsite, Ca2MnIII3O2(PO4)3·3H2O, Acta Crystallographica E68, i74-i75
  • Morrison S M, Andrade M B, Wenz M D, Domanik K J, Downs R T (2013) Lanthanite-(Nd), Nd2(CO3)3·8H2O, Acta Crystallographica E69, i15-i16
  • Morrison S M, Domanik K J, Origlieri M J, Downs R T (2013) Agardite-(Y), Cu2+6Y(AsO4)3(OH)6·3H2O, Acta Crystallographica E69, i61-i62
  • D F Blake, R V Morris, G Kocurek, S M Morrison, R T Downs, D Bish, D W Ming, K S Edgett, D Rubin, W Goetz, M B Madsen, R Sullivan, R Gellert, I Campbell, A H Treiman, S M McLennan, A S Yen, J Grotzinger, D T Vaniman, S J Chipera, C N Achilles, E B Rampe, D Sumner, P-Y Meslin, S Maurice, O Forni, O Gasnault, M Fisk, M Schmidt, P Mahaffy, L A Leshin, D Glavin, A Steele, C Freissinet, R Navarro-González, R A Yingst, L C Kah, N Bridges, K W Lewis, T F Bristow, J D Farmer, J A Crisp, E M Stolper, D J Des Marais, P Sarrazin, MSL Science Team (2013) Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow, Science, 27, 341, 1239505
  • D L Bish, D F Blake, D T Vaniman, S J Chipera, R V Morris, D W Ming, A H Treiman, P Sarrazin, S M Morrison, R T Downs, C N Achilles, A S Yen, T F Bristow, J A Crisp, J M Morookian, J D Farmer, E B Rampe, E M Stolper, N Spanovich, MSL Science Team (2013) X-ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater, Science, 27, 341, 1238932
  • Vaniman D T, Bish D L, Ming D W, Bristow T F, Morris R V, Blake D F, Chipera S J, Morrison S M, Treiman A H, Rampe E B, Rice M, Achilles C N, Grotzinger J, McLennan S M, Williams J, Bell J, Newsom H, Downs R T, Maurice S, Sarrazin P, Yen A S, Morookian J M, Farmer J D, Stack K, Milliken R E, Ehlmann B, Sumner D Y, Berger G, Crisp J A, Hurowitz J A, Anderson R, DesMarais D, Stolper E M, Edgett K S, Gupta S, and Spanovich N (2013) Mineralogy of a Mudstone on Mars, Science, 24, 343, 1243480

Meeting Abstracts

  • Morrison S M, Downs R T, Blake D F, Bish D L, Ming D W, Morris R V, Yen A S, Chipera S J, Treiman A H, Vaniman D T, Gellert R, Achilles C N, Rampe E B, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Sarrazin P C, Farmer J D, Des Marais D J, Stolper E M, Morookian J M, Wilson M A, Spanovich N, Anderson R C, and the MSL Science Team (2013) Crystal-Chemical Analysis of Soil at Rocknest, Gale Crater, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, T202, Abstract #1831
  • Rampe E B, Bish D L, Chipera S K, Morris R V, Achilles C N, Ming D W, Blake D F, Anderson R C, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Des Marais D J, Downs R T, Farmer J D, Morookian J M, Morrison S M, Sarrazin P, Spanovich N, Stolper E M, Treiman A H, Vaniman D T, Yen A S, and the MSL Science Team (2013) Detecting nanophase weathering products with CheMin: Reference intensity ratios of allophane, aluminosilicate Gel, and ferrihydrite., 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference
  • Morris R V, Ming D W, Blake D F, Vaniman D T, Bish D L, Chipera S J, Downs R T, Gellert R, Treiman A H, Yen A S, Achilles C N, Anderson R C, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Des Marais D J, Farmer J D, Grotzinger J P, Leshin L A, McAdam A C, Morookian J M, Morrison S M, Rampe E B, Sarrazin P C, Spanovich N, Stopler E M, and the MSL Science Team (2013) The amorphous component in Martian basaltic soil in global perspective from MSL and MER missions, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, T202, Abstract #1653
  • Bish D L, Blake D F, Vaniman D T, Chipera S J, Sarrazin P C, Morris R V, Ming D W, Treiman A H, Downs R T, Achilles C N, Morrison S M, Yen A S, Bristow T F, Morookian J M, Farmer J D, Crisp J A, Rampe E B, Stolper E M, Des Marais D J, Spanovich N, Anderson R C, & the MSL team (2013) First X-Ray diffraction results From Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest aeolian bedform at Gale Crater, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, Abstract #1111
  • Blake D F, Ming D W, Morris R V, Yen A S, Bish D L, Chipera S J, Downs R T, Treiman A H, Vaniman D T, Achilles C N, Morrison S M, Rampe E B, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Sarrazin P C, Farmer J D, Des Marais D J, Stolper E M, Morookian J M, Wilson M A, Spanovich N, Anderson R C, & the MSL team (2013) Mineralogy and elemental composition of wind drift sand at Rocknest, Gale Crater, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, Abstract #1289
  • Treiman A H, Bish D L, Ming D W, Morris R V, Schmidt M E, Downs R T, Stolper E M, Blake D F, Vaniman D T, Achilles C N, Chipera S J, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Farmer J D, Morookian J M, Morrison S M, Rampe E B, Sarrazin P, Yen A S, Anderson R C, DesMarais D J, Spanovich N, & the MSL team (2013) Basaltic soil of Gale Crater: Crystalline component compared to martian basalts & meteorites, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, Abstract #1113
  • Vaniman D T, Blake D F, Morookian J M, Yen A S, Ming D W, Morris R V, Achilles C N, Bish D L, Chipera S J, Morrison S M, Downs R T, Rampe E B, Sarrazin P C, Treiman A H, Anderson R C, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Des Marais D J, Farmer J D, Spanovich N, Stolper E M, Wilson M A, & the MSL team (2013) CheMin instrument performance and calibration on Mars, Mars Science Laboratory III: The Rocknest Sand Dune, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science conference, Abstract #1369
  • Vaniman D T, Blake D F, Yen A S, Ming D W, Morris R V, Achilles C N, Bish D L, Chipera S J, Morrison S M, Downs R T, Rampe E B, Morookian J M, Sarrazin P C, Treiman A H, Anderson R C, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Des Marais D J, Farmer J D, Spanovich N, Stolper E M, and Wilson M A (2013) Data from the Mars Science Laboratory CheMin XRD/XRF instrument, European Geophysical Union Conference, EGU2013-6272
  • Morrison S M, Downs R T, Blake D F, Bish D L, Ming D W, Morris R V, Yen A S, Chipera S J, Treiman A H, Vaniman D T, Gellert R, Achilles C N, Rampe E B, Bristow T F, Crisp J A, Sarrazin P C, Morookian J M and the MSL Science Team (2013) Crystal-Chemical Analyses of Soil and Drilled Rock in Gale Crater, Mars, Mineralogical Magazine (Goldschmidt), 77(5), 1794
  • Morrison S M and the MSL Science Team (2013) Crystal-Chemistry of Mars Minerals at Rocknest, John Klein and Cumberland, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 228708

Press

Invited Talks

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Tucson, Arizona, March 3, 2014. "Mars and its Minerals"
  • Old Pueblo Lapidary Club, Tucson, Arizona, March 8, 2014. "My Curiosity"