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IUP Planetarium Director


  • BS, California Institute of Technology - Geology
  • MS, California Institute of Technology - Geology
  • MPhil, Columbia University
  • PhD, Columbia University - Geology
  • Indiana Teaching Certificate (General/Elementary 1-8, Science 1-8)
  • Massachusetts First Year Teaching License (Earth Science 8-12)

Courses Taught:

GEOS 105 Exploring the Universe
GEOS 106 Exploring the Universe Lab
GEOS 154 Exploration of Space
GEOS 403/404 Newfoundland Seminar and Field Workshop
GEOS 323 Geophysics
GEOS 341 Planetary Geology
GEOS 342 Stellar Astronomy

Professional Interests:

  • Geology of solar system bodies
  • Astrometry of asteroids and Moon by occultation of stars
  • Eclipses and transits of solar system bodies
  • Planetarium education

Recent Publications:

  • Coles, K. S., Tanaka, K. L., and Christensen, P. R., 2019, Atlas of Mars: Mapping Its Geography and Geology: Cambridge, England, Cambridge Univ. Press, 289 + x pp., ISBN 8971107036291. Winner of the 2020 PROSE Award of the Association of American Publishers in the category Cosmology and Astronomy.
  • Mouginis-Mark, P.J., Burr, D., Byrne P., Coles, K., Crown, D. A., Phillips, M. S., Skinner, J. A., Jr., Williams, D. A., and Zimbelman, J. R., 2021, Planetary Geologic Mapping: White Paper #408 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 of the National Research Council, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, v. 53, no. 4,, 7 p.
  • Coles, K. S., 2022, Lessons Learned from Outreach for an Annular Solar Eclipse: in Schultz, G., Jensen, J., and Shore, L., eds., Sharing Best Practices: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement; ASP Conference Series Vol. 533, p. 126-131.
  • Lauretta, D., May, B., Bennett, C., Coles, K. S., Manzoni, C., and Wolner, C. W. V., in press 2023, Anatomy of an Asteroid: Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission: London, England and Tucson, AZ, London Stereoscopic Company/Univ. of Arizona Press, 240 p.