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MACKENZIE WHITE

Science Writer and Researcher

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ABOUT

A writer and planetary science Ph.D. student interested in science writing, rocks, and climate change. 2022 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Science Friday. Current mission involvement includes LRO Diviner, Mars 2020, and InSight. She loves Mars, the Rocky Mountains, Austin breakfast tacos, and her dog, Rocky.

PUBLICATIONS

Science Writing + Reporting

Google Arts & Culture:

Gas Giants of Our Solar System

Saturn’s Moons

Earth’s Toxic Twin

The Future of Saturn’s Shape in Our Sky

Dwarf Planets of Our Solar System

Science Friday:

The Countdown Begins For Humanity’s Return To The Moon

Teen Innovator’s New AI Tool Helps Create Affordable Drugs

A High School Student Invented An Affordable Brain-Reading Prosthetic

A Teen Inventor Builds A Fingerprint Scanner for Gender Equity

Can Genetic Modification Help Plants Survive Climate Change?

Stunning JWST Images Show New Details Of The Universe

NASW: 

Probing patient stories–and unsettled science–without breaking trust

Astrobites

Mercury Has Ice…But Wait, There’s More!

Nature:

Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming

Journal Articles

Siegler, M., Warren, P., Franco, K. L., Paige, D., Feng, J., & White, M. (2022). Lunar Heat Flow: Global Predictions and Reduced Heat Flux. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 127, e2022JE007182. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JE007182

Feng, J.; Siegler, M.A.; White, M.N. Shallow Regolith Structure and Obstructions Detected by Lunar Regolith Penetrating Radar at Chang’E-5 Drilling Site. Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 3378. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14143378

Feng, Jianqing, Matthew. A. Siegler, and Mackenzie N. White. 2022. “Dielectric Properties and Stratigraphy of Regolith in the Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin: Observations from the Lunar Penetrating Radar.” Astronomy & Astrophysics 661 (May): A47. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202143015.

Matthew A. Siegler, Jianqing Feng, Paul G. G. Lucey, Rebecca Ghent, Paul O. Hayne, Mackenzie White. 2020. "Lunar titanium and frequency dependent microwave loss tangent as constrained by the Chang'E-2 MRM and LRO Diviner Lunar Radiometers." Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets.

Foster, William J., Daniel J. Lehrmann, Jaime A. Hirtz, Mackenzie White, Meiyi Yu, Ji Li, and Rowan C. Martindale. 2019. “Early Triassic Benthic Invertebrates from the Great Bank of Guizhou, South China: Systematic Palaeontology and Palaeobiology.” Edited by Michael Hautmann. Papers in Palaeontology 5 (4): 613–56. https://doi.org/10.1002/spp2.1252.

Conferences

53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2022) – Talk: A YEAR OF PERSEVERANCE AT JEZERO II: Siegler M.A., White M., [...] Passive Radiometry of Subsurface Temperatures Using the Mars 2020 Rimfax Instrument [#1491]

53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2022) – Apollo's Legacy Posters: White M., Siegler M.A., Million C.: Apollo Heat Flow Experiment:  Implications for Lunar Thermophysical Properties and Heat Flow [#2485]

50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2019) – Poster Session II: 50 Years of Apollo Legacy: White M., Siegler M.A.: Apollo Lunar Heat Flow Experiment: An evaluation of potential causes of subsurface temperature drift [#2132]

47TH Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016) – Poster Session II: Mars Polar Processes/Cryosphere: Levy J. S., Fassett C. I., Chaffey P. M., White M.: Boulder Size Distributions on Martian Debris-Covered Glaciers: Flow History and Timescale]: Boulder size-frequency distributions on debris-covered glacier landforms provide insight into transport timescales, erosion, and climatic processes. 

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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Just the highlights – please get in contact for complete CV & work experience.

May 2018 - Present

PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE, RESEARCH SCIENTIST

  • Modeled subsurface heat flow as a member of the InSight Science Team

  • Reevaluated lunar geophysical properties at Apollo 15 and 17 sites

  • Research assistant to Dr. Matthew Siegler

October 2017 - May 2018

THE MARTINDALE LAB, RESEARCH ASSISTANT TO DR. ROWAN MARTINDALE

  • Identified and analyzed Early Jurassic rock samples to understand oceanic anoxic events and reef system changes

  • Processed and analyzed results sample results from the Environmental Scanning Electron 

September 2015 - May 2017

UT INSTITUTE FOR GEOPHYSICS, RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Identified flow morphologies on Martian debris-covered glaciers

  • Produced and interpreted results for Mars Boulder Project using ArcGIS, Excel, & Matlab

  • Wrote 60-pg. honors thesis detailing results of extensive Martian geomorphology study

RECOGNITIONS

  • 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow (Science Friday)

  • Papers in Palaeontology Best Annual Paper

  • NASA/Texas Space Grant Fellowship Recipient 2019, 2021 

  • Jackson School of Geosciences Field Scholarship 

  • J. D. and V. L. Langston Endowed Scholarship Fund in Geology and Geophysics  

  • Jacque Nell and David Scott Holland, Sr. Student Excellence Fund in the Geosciences 

  • Richard Chuchla Dean's Discretionary Fund, Yilmaz and Atalay Undergraduate Scholarship in the Geosciences 

  • Jackson Undergraduate Support Fund Scholarship

  • COLA: Nature, Society, and Sustainability in Ecuador Scholarship 

  • COLA: Spanish & Portuguese Faculty Led Summer Scholarship 

  • William Butler Yeats Hammer of Unity Award (highest course grade in Plan II Honors World Literature)

  • University Honors, The University of Texas 

LEADERSHIP

TEXAS 4000 FOR CANCER
RIDE LEAD

November 2014 - December 2017

  • Trained for and biked 4,500 miles from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK (~70 mi/day for 70 days) to raise money for cancer research

  • Raised $4.75k personally for cancer research and cancer prevention, contributing to the over $7 million Texas 4000 has raised to date

  • Led training rides triweekly and served as personal coach, improving team skills and confidence for the summer ride

PLAN II HONORS STUDENT ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT 

  • Responsible for organizing events for Plan II Honors — a selective interdisciplinary honors program of 600 undergraduate students

  • Advised and assisted Plan II faculty with course selection and implementation of program policies, impacting student education

August 2012 - December 2017

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August 2012 - May 2016

  • Initiated increase of inter-fraternity relationships via study groups and in-house tutoring sessions

  • Volunteered weekly at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

EDUCATION

An education consisting of a diverse selection of coursework, including honors science and liberal arts degrees. Undergraduate degrees included Plan II Honors (an interdisciplinary program with a writing focus) and Geological Sciences with minors in Geography and Government. A Ph.D. in Geophysics in-progress.

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June 2021 - Present

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES 
VISITING GRADUATE RESEARCHER

Visiting graduate researcher in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

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January 2019 - Present

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
PH.D. GEOPHYSICS

At SMU Mackenzie worked with Dr. Matthew Siegler, focusing on thermal modeling. She received the NASA/Texas Space Grant and is a member of the InSight, Diviner LRO, and Mars 2020 science teams.

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August 2012 - May 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
B.A. PLAN II HONORS & GEOGRAPHY
B.S. GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
MINOR: GOVERNMENT

At The University of Texas, Mackenzie received university honors, served as President of the Plan II Honors Student Association, participated in multiple research labs, and was a member of the Texas 4000 for Cancer team.

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August 2008 - May 2012

TEXAS MILITARY INSTITUTE (HIGH SCHOOL)

At TMI Mackenzie was president of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity basketball and golf teams, named a KSAT12 News Scholar Athlete, a National Merit Scholar, and received the Richard T. Whatton English Award and the Sewanee Writing Award of Excellence.

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What I Do

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TECHNICAL

Adobe Creative, Matlab, MS Office, Comsol Multiphysics, ArcGIS, Python

LANGUAGES

English, conversational Spanish. I love to write and communicate through diverse media.

VOLUNTEERING

Austin & Dallas Pets Alive!, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin Sustainable Food Center

Just for Fun

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FITNESS

I love anything that gets me outside, from running at the park to backcountry skiing in the mountains.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Rocky dog finds himself as the star of the show again; I love taking and sharing photos of the handsome pup! I also enjoy nature photography, always brining my camera with me on backpacking trips.

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WRITING

I enjoy writing and editing, focusing primarily on science writing and current events!

LET’S CONNECT

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