Dr. Keith Milam
Planetary Geology
2012-presentAssociate Professor
2006-2012Assistant Professor
  
PhD, 2007University of Tennessee
MS, 2002University of Tennessee
BS, 1997Western Kentucky University
  
Office:213 Clippinger Labs
Email:milamk@ohio.edu
Office Phone:740-593-1106
Fax:740-593-0486

Research Interests

My research interests are widely varied in the field of planetary geology, but commonly integrate aspects of mineralogy, petrology, remote sensing, and geomorphology. My research highlights my ability to both lead a research project and to participate as a contributing team member. My primary research involves tracking the evolution of the martian interior and modification of surface by use of thermal emissivity spectra and visible imagery. Additionally, I am very interested in impact cratering research, specifically, how central peaks (or uplifts) are formed during the impact cratering process.


Representative Publications

  • Milam, K. A., H. Y. McSween Jr., J. Moersch, and P. R. Christensen, 2010, Distribution and variation of plagioclase compositions on Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E09004, doi:10.1029/2009JE003495.
  • Milam, K. A., Gabreski, C., Baranoski, M., Miller, D. W., 2010, Evidence of Maximum Age of the Serpent Mound Impact Event from Shatter Cones - Brief Note, The Ohio Journal of Science, 110, 3, 53-54.
  • Milam, K. A., Hester, A., Malinkski, P., 2010, An Anomalous Breccia Associated with the Serpent Mound Impact Crater, Southern Ohio, The Ohio Journal of Science, 110, 2, 18-30.
  • Rampey, M. L., K. A. Milam, H. Y. McSween Jr., J. E. Moersch, and P. R. Christensen, 2007, Identity and emplacement of domical structures in the western Arcadia Planitia, Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E06011, doi:10.1029/2006JE002750.
  • Milam, K. A., H. Y. McSween Jr., and P. R. Christensen, 2007, Plagioclase compositions derived from thermal emission spectra of compositionally complex mixtures: Implications for Martian feldspar mineralogy, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E10005, doi:10.1029/2006JE002880.
  • McSween, H. Y., Jr., M. B. Wyatt, R. Gellert, J. F. Bell III, R. V. Morris, K. E. Herkenhoff, L. S. Crumpler, K. A. Milam, K. R. Stockstill, L. Tornabene, R. E. Arvidson, P. Bartlett, D. Blaney, N. A. Cabrol, P. R. Christensen, B. C. Clark, J. A. Crisp, D. J. Des Marais, T. Economou, J. D. Farmer, W. Farrand, A. Ghosh, M. Golombek, S. Gorevan, R. Greeley, V. E. Hamilton, J. R. Johnson, B. L. Joliff, G. Klingelhoefer, A. T. Knudson, S. McLennan, D. Ming, J. E. Moersch, R. Rieder, S. W. Ruff, C. Schroeder, P. A. de Souza, Jr., S. W. Squyres, H. Wänke, A. Wange, A. Yen, and J. Zipfel, 2006, Characterization and petrologic interpretation of olivine-rich basalts at Gusev Crater, Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E02S10, doi:10.1029/2005JE002477.
  • Tornabene, L. L., J. E. Moersch, H. Y. McSween, Jr., J. L. Piatek, K. A. Milam, A. S. McEwen, and P. R. Christensen, 2006, Identification of large (2-10 km) rayed craters on Mars in THEMIS thermal infrared images: Implications for possible martian meteorite source regions, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E10006, doi:10.1029/2005JE002600.
  • McSween, H. Y., Jr., R. E. Arvidson, J. F. Bell III, D. Blaney, N. A. Cabrol, P. R. Christensen, B. C. Clark, J. A. Crisp, L. S. Crumpler, D. J. Des Marais, J. D. Farmer, R. Gellert, A. Ghosh, S. Gorevan, T. Graff, J. Grant, L. A. Haskin, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. R. Johnson, B. L. Jolliff, G. Klingelhoefer, A. T. Knudson, S. McLennan, K. A. Milam, J. E. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Rieder, S. W. Ruff, P. A. de Souza Jr., S. W. Squyres, H. Wänke, A. Wang, M. B. Wyatt, A. Yen, J. Zipfel, 2004, Basaltic Rocks Analyzed by the Spirit Rover in Gusev Crater, Science, 305, 842-845.
  • Milam, K.A., H.Y. McSween, Jr., V.E. Hamilton, J.E. Moersch, and P.R. Christensen, 2004, Accuracy of plagioclase compositions from laboratory and Mars spacecraft thermal emission spectra, JGR-Planets, 109, E04001, doi:10,1029/2003JE002097.
  • Milam, K.A., K.R. Stockstill, J.E. Moersch, H.Y. McSween, Jr., L.L. Tornabene, A. Ghosh, M.B. Wyatt, and P.R. Christensen, 2003, THEMIS characterization of the MER Gusev Crater Landing Site, JGR-Planets (MER Special Edition), 108, E12.

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 2080: Geology of the Solar System
  • GEOL 3150: Mineralogy
  • GEOL 3201: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOL 4/5090: Geology of Mars
  • GEOL 4/5910: Field Geology
  • GEOL 4/6080: Planetary Geology

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