Kevin Cannon

Assistant Research Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering


  • Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, Brown University, 2017
  • M.Sc., Planetary Sciences, Brown University, 2014
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, Queen’s University, 2012


  • Understanding how geologic processes have formed and modified planetary materials on the surfaces of different solar system bodies.
  • Using remotely sensed data, including visible and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy, to characterize the mineral and chemical composition of planetary surfaces.
  • Developing indices and computer models to predict the locations, quantities, and characteristics of space resources on the Moon and Mars.
  • Developing Geographic Information Systems for landing site characterization and surface operations.
  • Developing and testing hardware concepts for transforming and using planetary materials as resources.


  • SPRS 598 Advanced Planetary Geology


  • 2020 – Cannon, K. M., A. N. Deutsch, J. W. Head, and D. T. Britt. Stratigraphy of ice and ejecta deposits at the lunar poles. Geophysical Research Letters, e2020GL088920.
  • 2020 – Cannon, K. M., and D. T. Britt. Accessibility dataset for large permanent cold traps at the lunar poles. Earth and Space Science, e2020EA001291.
  • 2020 – Cannon, K. M., and D. T. Britt. A Geologic Model for Lunar Ice Deposits at Mining Scales. Icarus, 347, 113778.
  • 2019 – Lo, Y. H., C.-T. Liao, J. Zhou, A. Rana, C. S. Bevis, G. Gui, B. Enders, K. M. Cannon, Y.-S. Yu, R. Celestre, K. Nowrouzi, D. Shapiro, H. Kapteyn, R. Falcone, C. Bennett, M. Murnane, and J. Miao. Multimodal x-ray and electron microscopy of the Allende meteorite. Science Advances, 5, eaax3009.