research

Research Interests

Generally, I am fascinated by creative applications of 2D and 3D imaging and other remote sensing datasets to planetary surfaces. In particular, I am interested in:

  • quantitative and qualitative investigations of “stratigraphy” and geomorphology using orbital imagery and 3D visualisation tools
  • impact craters, their morphologies, and what they can tell us about the subsurface or interior of a planetary body
  • exploiting different data products or multi-resolution imagery to build 3D map products
  • and equitable, research-based approaches to engagement using 3D imagery

My full list of publications, both peer-reviewed and informal and sorted by date, can be found on my Publications page.


PostDOCTORAL RESEARCH, JPL

Coming soon!

  • Europa Lander – Project Science
  • Affiliate, Europa Clipper – Reconnaissance Focus Group

Doctoral Research, UCL

Processing, visualizing, and analyzing 3D Mars orbital and rover imagery for geological analysis, science target planning, and public engagement.

Projects

  • Stereo reconstruction for co-registered, multi-resolution 3D products of Gale Crater, Mars
  • 3D visualization and analysis of exposed layers in Gale Crater, Mars
  • Research-based equitable engagement of the public using 3D imaging of planetary surfaces

Collaborations

  • Processing and analysis of a CTX DTM of a terraced crater in the Cerberus Plains, Mars, for SHARAD data analysis (Xiong et al., ESS)
  • Processing CTX and HRSC DTMs of Victoria Crater and Gale Crater for image simulations from a planetary penetrator descent camera (Brydon et al., PSS)
  • Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars) PanCam operations, ExoFit rover trials 1 and 2 (2018, 2019)

Publications

Research Papers

Brydon, G., Persaud, D. M., Jones, G., 2021, Planetary Topography Measurement by Descent Stereophotogrammetry, Planetary and Space Science, 202, 105242. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2021.105242

Xiong, S., Tao, Y., Persaud, D. M., Campbell, J. D., Putri, A.D.R., Muller, J.-P., 2020, Subsurface reflections detected by SHARAD data revealing buried channels and islands over the Elysium Planitia, Earth and Space Science. doi: 10.1029/2019EA000968

Conference proceedings

Persaud, D. M., Barnes, R., Tao, Y., Muller, J.-P., Remote 3D geological analysis of possible sedimentary layer geometries in upper Aeolis Mons, Gale Crater, Mars, Europlanets Science Congress, 21 September – 9 October 2020. Abstract #450. Oral presentation, virtual (withdrawn).

Chernetskiy, M., Muller, J.-P., Tao, Y., Persaud, D. M., Malik, R., 3D imaging of the moon for the NASA Artemis human exploration programme, British Planetary Science Conference, 2020. Oral presentation.

Persaud, D. M., Barnes, R., Tao, Y., Muller, J.-P., Stratigraphy in a channel in Gale Crater, Mars, from 3D HiRISE Imagery, British Planetary Science Conference, 2020. Oral presentation.

Persaud, D. M., Tao, Y., and Muller, J.-P., Multi-Resolution, Nested Orbital 3D Images of Gale Crater for Fused MSL Rover-Orbital Image Simulations. European Planetary Science Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-20 September 2019. Abstract #1540. Oral presentation.

Hall, A., et al. ExoFiT: ExoMars-Like Field Trials – a Mission Simulation. In: 15th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, 27-28 May 2019, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Persaud, D. M., Tao, Y., and Muller, J.-P., Super-resolution restored HiRISE images for simulating “rover’s eye” views in 3D. European Planetary Science Congress, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 16-21 September 2018. Abstract #505. Poster.

Relevant Media

Previous Research

Impact Cratering on Icy satellites

Summer Internship Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2016)
NSF REU in Astrobiology, SETI Institute (2014)
  • Tested methods of estimating initial crater depths of Saturn’s moons Rhea and Dione using Cassini ISS digital elevation models (DEMs)
  • Investigated stereo methods for icy moon topography
  • Produced crater size catalogs of four Saturnian moons
  • Ongoing: assessment of methods of estimating initial crater depths of icy bodies

Persaud, D. M., Phillips, C. B., Methods of Estimating Initial Crater Depths on Icy Satellites using Stereo Topography, AGU Fall Meeting, 15-19 December, 2014. Oral presentation.


HOMER Mission Concept development

Senior Honors Thesis, University of Rochester (2016)
NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration, NASA Ames Research Center (2015)

Designed a smallsat-scale ground penetrating radar (GPR)/synthetic aperture radar (SAR) hybrid multistatic system for the detection of lava tube systems on Mars; investigated and selected regions of interest and designed science mission; served as project manager in final two weeks to prepare technical manuscript.

Persaud, D. M., et al., 2016, HOMER: a smallsat ground penetrating radar sounding fleet to map planetary surfaces at high resolution, 47th Lunar and Planetary Conference. Poster.

Wu, T. S., Persaud, D. M., et al., Subsurface Feature Mapping of Mars using a High Resolution Ground Penetrating Radar System, AGU Fall Meeting, 14-18 December 2015. Poster.


Paleomagnetism Group, University of Rochester

Independent study (2015-2016)

Used scanning electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy to characterize the matrix composition of Allende meteorite samples; identified rare chromite mineral species

NSF REU in Physics (2013)

Prepared and ran hysteresis and thermal demagnetization tests on impact glass samples to determine whether a magnetic field was generated by the Darwin impact

Assistantship (2012-2013)

Documented and prepared Fukang pallasite meteorite samples for magnetic tests


Summer intern, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2011, 2012)

Adapting a method of passive radiometry used with the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) for use with the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) to generate a reflectance map of the surface of Mercury at the 1064 nm wavelength.