Meenakshi Wadhwa

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004

Biography

Meenakshi Wadhwa is a researcher and educator interested in the time scales and processes involved in the formation and evolution of the Solar System. Her research group is best known for developing novel methodologies for high precision isotope analyses and application of high resolution chronometers for constraining the time scales of processes in the early Solar System (particularly accretion and differentiation of planetesimals and the terrestrial planets). Other areas of her research focus include 1) the sources and distributions of extinct radionuclides (such as 26Al and 60Fe) in the solar nebula; 2) the formation and evolution of crust-mantle reservoirs on Earth, Moon and Mars; and 3) the abundance and origin of water and other volatiles on rocky bodies in the Solar System. Wadhwa received her doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at San Diego and then curator at the Field Museum in Chicago before moving to Arizona State University in 2006. She is currently Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies and Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (2015), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2005) and the Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society (2000). Asteroid 8356 has been named 8356 Wadhwa in recognition of her contributions to meteoritics and planetary science.

Education

Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, 1994

M.S., Center for Advanced Studies in Geology, Panjab University, 1989

B.S., Panjab University, 1988; Major in Geology, minors in Physics and Chemistry

Videos

Arizona State University KEDTalks: Conversations for the Curious, 2016. Visitors from Another World.

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Research Interests

Time scales and processes involved in the formation and evolution of the Solar System and planets. The Wadhwa group's research focuses on developing novel methodologies for high precision isotope analyses and application of high resolution chronometers for understanding 1) time scales of accretion and differentiation of the terrestrial planets; 2) sources and distributions of extinct radionuclides (such as 26Al and 60Fe) in the solar nebula; 3) processes in the solar protoplanetary disk and on planetesimals; 4) formation and evolution of crust-mantle reservoirs on Earth, Moon and Mars; and 5) the abundance and origin of water and other volatiles on rocky bodies in the Solar System.

Publications

1993:

 

Harvey R. P., Wadhwa M., McSween H. Y., Jr., and Crozaz G. (1993) Petrography, mineral chemistry, and petrogenesis of Antarctic shergottite LEW88516. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 57, 4769-4783.

 

Jolliff B. L., Haskin L. A., Colson R. O., and Wadhwa M. (1993) Partitioning of REE-saturating minerals: Theory, experiment, and modelling of whitlockite, apatite, and evolution of lunar residual magmas.  Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 57, 4069-4094.

 

1994:

 

Wadhwa M., McSween H. Y., Jr., and Crozaz G. (1994) Petrogenesis of shergottite meteorites inferred from trace and minor element microdistributions. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 58, 4213-4229.

 

1995:

 

Wadhwa M. and Crozaz G. (1995) Trace and minor elements in minerals in nakhlites and Chassigny: Clues to their petrogenesis. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 59, 3629-3645.

 

1996:

 

McSween H. Y., Jr., Eisenhour D. D., Taylor L. A., Wadhwa M., and Crozaz G. (1996) QUE94201 shergottite: Crystallization of a martian basaltic magma. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 60, 4563-4569.

 

Wadhwa M. and Lugmair G. W. (1996) The age of the eucrite Caldera from convergence of long- and short-lived chronometers.  Letter to Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 60, 4889-4893.

 

1997:

 

Wadhwa M., Zinner E. K., and Crozaz G. (1997)  Manganese-chromium systematics of sulfides in unequilibrated enstatite chondrites.  Meteoritics and Planetary Science 32, 281-292.

 

1998:

 

Wadhwa M. and Crozaz G. (1998) The igneous crystallization history of an ancient martian meteorite from rare earth element distributions. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 33, 685-692.

 

Wadhwa M., Crozaz G., Taylor L. A., and McSween H. Y., Jr. (1998) Martian basalt (shergottite) QUE94201 and lunar basalt 15555: A tale of two pyroxenes. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 33, 321-328.

 

1999:

 

McCoy T. J., Wadhwa M., and Keil K. (1999) New lithologies in the Zagami martian meteorite: Evidence for fractional crystallization of a single magma unit on Mars. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 63, 1249-1262.

 

Wadhwa M., McKay G. A., and Crozaz G. (1999) Trace element distributions in Yamato 793605, a chip off the “Martian lherzolite” block.  Antarctic Meteorite Research 12, 168-182.

 

2000:

 

Wadhwa M. and Russell S. S. (2000) Timescales of accretion and differentiation in the early solar system: The meteoritic evidence.  Protostars and Planets IV (Eds. A. P. Boss, V. M. Manning and S. S. Russell), University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 995-1018.

 

2001:

 

Crozaz G. and Wadhwa M. (2001) The terrestrial alteration of Saharan shergottites Dar al Gani 476 and 489: A case study of weathering in a hot desert environment. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 65, 971-977.

 

Wadhwa M. (2001) Redox state of Mars' upper mantle and crust from Eu anomalies in shergottite pyroxenes.  Science 291, 1527-1530.

 

Wadhwa M., Lentz R. C. F., McSween H. Y., and Crozaz G. (2001) A petrologic and trace element study of Dar al Gani 476 and Dar al Gani 489: Twin meteorites with affinities to basaltic and lherzolitic shergottites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 36, 195-208.

 

2002:

 

Gillet Ph., Barrat J. A., Deloule E., Wadhwa M., Jambon A., Sautter V., Devouard B., Neuville D., Benzerara K., and Lesourd M. (2002) Aqueous alteration in the Northwest Africa 817 (NWA 817) martian meteorite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 203, 431-444.

 

2003:

 

Crozaz G., Floss C., and Wadhwa M. (2003) Chemical alteration and REE mobilization in meteorites from hot and cold deserts. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 67, 4727-4741.

 

Galy A., Yoffe O., Janney P.E., Williams R. W., Cloquet C., Alard O., Halicz L., Wadhwa M., Hutcheon I. D., Ramon E., and Carignan J. (2003) Magnesium isotope heterogeneity of the isotopic standard SRM980 and new reference materials for magnesium-isotope-ratio measurements.  Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 18, 1352-1356.

 

Simon S. B., Grossman L., Clayton R. N., Mayeda T. K., Schwade J. R., Sipiera P. P., Wacker J. F., and Wadhwa M. (2003) The fall, recovery and classification of the Park Forest meteorite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 39, 625-634.

 

Wadhwa M., Shukolyukov A., Davis A. M., Lugmair G. W., and Mittlefehldt D. W. (2003) Differentiation history of the mesosiderite parent body: Constraints from trace elements and manganese-chromium isotopic systematics of Vaca Muerta silicate clasts. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 67, 5047-5069.

 

2004:

 

†Dauphas N., †Janney P. E., Mendybaev R., Wadhwa M., Richter F.M., Davis A.M., van Zuilan M., †Hines R., and †Foley C. N. (2004) Chromatographic separation and MC-ICPMS analysis of iron. Investigating mass dependent and independent isotope effects. Analytical Chemistry 76, 5855-5863.

 

†Dauphas N., van Zuilen M., Wadhwa M., Davis A. M., Marty B., and †Janney P. E. (2004) Clues from iron isotope variations on the origin of early Archean banded iron formations from Greenland. Science 306, 2077-2080.

 

Wadhwa M., Crozaz G., and Barrat J.-A. (2004) Trace element distributions in the Yamato 000593/000749 , NWA 817 and NWA 998 nakhlites: Implications for their petrogenesis and mantle source on Mars. Antarctic Meteorite Research 17, 97-117.

 

2005:

 

†Foley C. N., Wadhwa M., Borg L. E., †Janney P. E., †Hines R., and Grove T. L. (2005) The early differentiation history of Mars from 182W-142Nd isotope systematics in the SNC meteorites. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 69, 4557-4571.

 

2006:

 

Beck P., Barrat J. A., Gillet Ph., Wadhwa M., Franchi I., Greenwood R. C., Bohn M., Cotten J., van de Moortele B., and Reynard B. (2006) Petrography and geochemistry of the chassignite Northwest Africa 2737 (NWA 2737), Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 70, 2127-2139.

 

†Cook D., Wadhwa M., †Janney P., Dauphas N., Clayton R. N., and Davis A. M. (2006) High precision measurements of non-mass dependent effects in nickel isotopes in meteoritic metal via multi-collector ICPMS. Analytical Chemistry 78, 8477-8484.

 

McCoy T. J., Ketcham R. A., Wilson L., Benedix G., Wadhwa M., and Davis A. M. (2006) Formation of vesicles in asteroidal basaltic meteorites, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 246, 102-108.

 

Wadhwa M., Srinivasan G., and Carlson R. W. (2006) Time scales of planetesimal differentiation in the early solar system.  In Meteorites and the Early Solar System II (Eds. D. Lauretta and H. Y. McSween, Jr.), University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 715-731.

 

2007:

 

†Cook D., Wadhwa M., Clayton R. N., Dauphas N., †Janney P., and Davis A. M. (2007) Mass-dependent fractionation of nickel isotopes in meteoritic metal. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 42, 2067-2077.

 

Dauphas N., van Zuilen M., Busigny V., Lepland A., Wadhwa M., and †Janney P. E. (2007) Iron isotope, major and trace element characterization of early Archean supracrustal rocks from SW Greenland: protolith identification and metamorphic overprint. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 71, 4745-4770.

 

†Qin L., Dauphas N., †Janney P. E., and Wadhwa M. (2007) Analytical developments for high-precision measurements of W isotopes in iron meteorites. Analytical Chemistry 79, 3148-3154.

 

Richter F., †Janney P., Mendybaev R., Davis A. M., and Wadhwa M. (2007) Elemental and isotopic fractionation of Type B CAI-like liquids by evaporation. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 71, 5544-5564.

 

†Teng F.-Z., Wadhwa M., and Helz R. (2007) The absence of magnesium isotope fractionation during basalt differentiation: A case study from Kilauea Iki lava lake, Hawaii, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 261, 84-92.

 

Wadhwa M., Amelin Y., Davis A. M., Lugmair G. W., Meyer B., Gounelle M., and Desch S. (2007) From dust to planetesimals: Implications for the solar protoplanetary disk from short lived radionuclides.  Protostars and Planets V (Eds. B. Reipurth, D. Jewitt, and K. Keil), pp. 835-848.

 

Wadhwa M. (2007) Long-lived chronometers. Treatise on Geochemistry Vol. 1: Meteorites, Comets, and Planets (Vol. Ed. A. M. Davis; Eds. in Chief H. D. Holland and K. K. Turekian), doi:10.1016/B978-008043751-4/00227-3.

 

2008:

 

†Cook D., Clayton R. N., Wadhwa M., †Janney P., and Davis A. M. (2008) Nickel isotopic composition of troilite from iron meteorites. Geophysical Research Letters 35, L01203, doi:10.1029/2007GL032431.

 

Dauphas N., †Cook D., Sacarabany A., Fröhlich C., Davis A. M., Wadhwa M., Pourmand A., Rauscher T., and Gallino R. (2008) Iron-60 evidence for early injection and efficient mixing of stellar debris in the protosolar nebula. Astrophysical Journal 686, 560-569.

 

†Qin L., Dauphas N., Wadhwa M., Markowski A., Gallino R., †Janney P. E., and Bouman C. (2008) Tungsten nuclear anomalies in planetesimal cores. Astrophysical Journal 674, 1234-1241.

 

†Qin L., Dauphas N., Wadhwa M., Masarik J., and †Janney P. E. (2008) Rapid accretion and differentiation of iron meteorite parent bodies inferred from 182Hf-182W chronometry and thermal modeling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 273, 94-104.

 

Shearer C. K., Burger P. V., Neal C. R., Sharp Z., Borg L. E., †Spivak-Birndorf L., Wadhwa M., Papike J. J., Karner J. M., Gaffney A. M., Shafer J., Weiss B. P., Geissman J., and Fernandes V. A. (2008) A unique glimpse into asteroidal melting processes in the early solar system from the Graves Nunatak 06128/06129 achondrites. American Mineralogist 93, 1937-1940.

 

Wadhwa M. (2008) Redox conditions on small bodies, the Moon and Mars. In Oxygen in the Solar System (Eds. G. MacPherson, D. W. Mittlefehldt, J. Jones), Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 68, 493-510.

 

2009:

 

Shearer C. K., Burger P. V., Neal C. R., Sharp Z., †Spivak-Birndorf L., Borg L. E., Fernandes V. A., Papike J. J., Karner J. M., Wadhwa M., Gaffney A. M., Shafer J., Geissman J., Atudorei N. V., Herd C., Weiss B. P., King P. L., Crowther S. A., and Gilmour J. D. (2009) Non-basaltic asteroidal magmatism during the earliest stages of solar system evolution: A view from Antarctic achondrites Graves Nunatak 06128 and 06129. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 74, 1172-1199.

 

†Spivak-Birndorf L., Wadhwa M., and †Janney P. E. (2009) 26Al-26Mg Systematics in D’Orbigny and Sahara 99555 Angrites: Implications for High-Resolution Chronology Using Extinct Chronometers Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 73, 5202-5211.

 

Wadhwa M., Amelin Y., Bogdanovski O., Lugmair G. W., and †Janney P. E. (2009) Ancient relative and absolute ages for a basaltic meteorite: Implications for time scales of planetesimal accretion and differentiation. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 73, 5189-5201.

 

2010:

 

†Bouvier A. and Wadhwa M. (2010) The age of the Solar System redefined by the oldest Pb-Pb age of a meteoritic inclusion. Nature Geoscience 3, 637-641.

 

†Brennecka G. A., Weyer S., Wadhwa M., †Janney P. E., Zipfel J., and Anbar A. D. (2010) 238U/235U variations in meteorites: Extant 247Cm and implications for Pb-Pb dating. Science 327, 449-451.

 

MacPherson G., Bullock E. S., †Janney P. E., Kita N., Ushikubo T., Davis A. M., Wadhwa M., and Krot A. N. (2010) Early solar nebula condensates with canonical, not supracanonical, initial 26Al/27Al ratios. Astrophysical Journal Letters 711, L117-L121.

 

Usui T., †Sanborn M., Wadhwa M., and McSween H. Y., Jr. (2010) Petrology and trace element geochemistry of RBT 04261 and RBT 04262 meteorites, the first examples of geochemically enriched lherzolitic shergottites. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 74, 7283-7306.

 

2011:

 

†Janney P. E., Richter F. M., Mendybaev R. A., Wadhwa M., Georg R. B., Watson E. B., and †Hines R. R. (2011) Matrix effects in the analysis of Mg and Si isotope ratios in natural and synthetic glasses by laser ablation-multicollector ICPMS: A comparison of single- and double-focusing mass spectrometers. Chemical Geology 281, 26-40.

 

†Bouvier A., †Spivak-Birndorf L., †Brennecka G. A., and Wadhwa M. (2011) New constraints on early Solar System chronology from Al-Mg and U-Pb isotope systematics in the unique basaltic achondrite Northwest Africa 2976. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 75, 5310-5323.

 

2012:

 

†Brennecka G. A. and Wadhwa M. (2012) Uranium isotope compositions of the basaltic angrite meteorites and the chronological implications for the early Solar System. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, 9221-9222.

 

2013:

 

Balta J. B., †Sanborn M., McSween H. Y., Jr., and Wadhwa M. (2013) Magmatic history and parental melt composition of olivine-phyric shergottite LAR 06319: Importance of magmatic degassing and olivine antecrysts in Martian magmatism. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 48, 1359-1382.

 

†Bouvier A., Wadhwa M., Simon S., and Grossman L. (2013) Magnesium isotopic fractionation in chondrules from the Murchison and Murray CM2 carbonaceous chondrites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 48, 339-353.

 

†Brennecka G. A., Borg L. E. and Wadhwa M. (2013) Evidence of supernova injection into the solar nebula and the decoupling of r-process nucleosynthesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 17241-17246.

 

2014:

 

†Brennecka G. A., Borg L. E. and Wadhwa M. (2014) Insights into the martian mantle: The age and isotopics of the meteorite fall Tissint. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 49, 412-418.

 

Chaumard N., Devouard B., †Bouvier A., and Wadhwa M. (2014) Metamorphosed calcium-aluminum inclusions in CK carbonaceous chondrites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 49, 419-452.

 

Wadhwa M. (2014) Solar System time scales from long-lived radioisotopes in meteorites and planetary materials. Treatise on Geochemistry 2nd Edition Vol. 1: Meteorites, Comets, and Planets (Vol. Ed. A. M. Davis; Eds. in Chief H. D. Holland and K. K. Turekian), 397-418.

 

2015:

 

Balta J. B., †Sanborn M., Udry A., McSween H. Y., Jr., and Wadhwa M. (2015) Petrology and trace-element geochemistry of Tissint, the newest shergottite fall. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 50, 63-85.

 

Davis A. M., Richter F. M., Mendybaev R. A., †Janney P. E., Wadhwa M., and McKeegan K. D. Isotopic mass fractionation laws for magnesium and their effects on 26Al-26Mg systematics in Solar System materials. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 158, 245-261.

 

Ding S., Dasgupta R., Lee C. T., and Wadhwa M. (2015) New bulk sulfur measurements of martian meteorites and modeling the fate of sulfur during melting and crystallization – implications for sulfur transfer from martian mantle to crust-atmosphere system. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 409, 157-167.

 

Goldmann A., †Brennecka G., Noordmann J., Weyer S., and Wadhwa M. (2015) Uranium isotope composition of the Earth and Solar System. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 148, 145-158.

 

†Sanborn M., Carlson R., and Wadhwa M. (2015) 147,146Sm-143,142Nd, 176Lu-176Hf, and 87Rb-87Sr systematics in the angrites: Implications for chronology and processes on the angrite parent body. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 171, 80-99.

 

†Spivak-Birndorf L., †Bouvier A., Benedix G. K., Hammond S., Brennecka G., Howard K., Rogers N., Wadhwa M., Bland P. A., Spurný P., and Towner M. C. (2015) Geochemistry and chronology of the Bunburra Rockhole ungrouped achondrite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 50, 958-975.

 

2016:

 

†Mane P., Hervig R., Wadhwa M., Garvie L. A. J., Balta J. B., and McSween H. Y., Jr. (2016) Hydrogen isotopic composition of the martian mantle inferred from the newest martian meteorite fall Tissint. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 51, 2073-2091.

 

†Williams C. D., †Janney P. E., †Hines R. R., and Wadhwa M. (2016) Precise titanium isotope compositions of refractory inclusions in the Allende CV3 chondrite by LA-MC-ICPMS. Chemical Geology 436, 1-10.

 

2017:

 

Balta J. B., †Sanborn M. E., Mayne R. G., Wadhwa M., McSween H. Y., Jr., and Crossley S. D. (2017) Northwest Africa 5790: A previously unsampled portion of the upper part of the nakhlites pile.  Meteoritics and Planetary Science 52, 36-59.

 

Brennecka G. A., Borg L. E., Romaniello S. J., Souders A. K., Shollenberger Q. R., Marks N. E., and Wadhwa M. (2017) A renewed search for short-lived 126Sn in the early solar system: Hydride generation MC-ICPMS for high sensitivity Te isotopic analysis. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 201, 331-344.

 

Kleine T. and Wadhwa M. (2017) Chronology of planetesimal differentiation. Planetesimals: Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planets (Eds. Elkins-Tanton L. T. and Weiss B. P.), Cambridge Univ. Press, 224-245.

 

Mendybaev R., †Williams C. D., Spicuzza M. J., Richter F. M., Valley J. W., and Wadhwa M. (2017) Thermal and chemical evolution of the early Solar System materials as recorded by FUN CAIs: Part II – Laboratory evaporation of potential CMS-1 precursor material. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 201, 49-64.

 

†Williams C. D., Ushikubo T., Mendybaev R. A., †Janney P. E., Kita N. T., Bullock E. S., †Hines R. R., MacPherson G. J., Hervig R. L., Richter F. M., and Wadhwa M. (2017) Thermal and chemical evolution of the early Solar System materials as recorded by FUN CAIs: Part I – Petrology, mineral chemistry, and isotopic composition of Allende FUN CAI CMS-1. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 201, 25-48.

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GLG 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
GLG 598 Special Topics
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 591 Seminar
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 490 Topics in Geology
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
CHM 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
GLG 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
GLG 592 Research
CHM 598 Special Topics
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
GLG 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
CHM 494 Special Topics
GLG 494 Special Topics
GLG 581 Isotope Geochemistry
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
CHM 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 494 Special Topics
GLG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
CHM 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
GLG 598 Special Topics
CHM 598 Special Topics

Presentations

Invited Lectures

Shoemaker Lecture, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2016 

PLANEX Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, April 2016

Geological Survey of India, Kolkata, India, April 2016

Department of Geology and Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, April 2016

Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, March 2016

Department of Geology, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, March 2016

Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, February 2016

Department of Geology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, February 2016

Prof. Sukheswala Memorial  TERRA Lecture, St. Xaviers College, Mumbai, India, February 2016

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, February 2016

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India, February 2016

Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, January 2016

25th Anniversary Invited Lecture, Planetary Chemistry Theme, Annual Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, July 2015

Shoemaker Lecture, Beyond Center, Arizona State University, November 2014

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, October 2014

Department of Earth and Planetary Science, American Museum of Natural History, October 2014

Annual Goldschmidt Conference, Sacramento, June 2014

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, MIT, May 2013

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, April 2013

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee, February 2013

Department of Earth Science, Rice University, October 2012

Workshop on the Mantle of Mars, Houston, TX, September 2012

Nuclei in the Cosmos Conference, Cairns, Australia, August 2012

Workshop on Formation of the First Solar System Solids, Kauai, Hawaii, November 2011

International Primitive Body Exploration Working Group Workshop, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, August 2011

Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles, March 2011

Department of Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh, April 2010

Annual Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group Meeting, Houston, TX, November 2009

School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, October 2009

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2007

Workshop on Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System, Kauai, Hawaii, November 2007

Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, Mt. Holyoke College, July 2007

Zinner Impact Symposium, Washington University, February 2007

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, December 2006

Department of Earth Sciences, ETH, Zurich, November 2006

Division of Geological Sciences, California Institute of Technology, April 2006

Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA, April 2006

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, March 2006

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, MIT, February 2006

Protostars and Planets V Conference, October 2005

15th Annual Goldschmidt Conference, May 2005

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Geodynamics Seminar, WHOI, April 2005

Max Planck Institut f�r Chemie, Mainz, Germany, April 2005

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, February 2005

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, February 2005

Department of Biological Sciences, Loyola University, September 2004

Oxygen in the Terrestrial Planets Workshop, July 2004

Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics of Planetary Systems Conference, Harvard University, May 2004

Iota Sigma Pi (National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry), Chicago Chapter, May 2004

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, October 2003

Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, July 2003

Advanced Photon Source Colloquium, Argonne National Laboratory, May 2003

Robert M. Walker Symposium, Washington University, February 2003

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 2002

American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, May 2002

Department of Geology, Northern Illinois University, March 2002

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2001

Department of Mineral Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, November 2001

Department of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University, November 2001

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, MIT, October 2001

Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, October 2001

Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, September 2001

Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, May 2001

Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, September 2000

Max Planck Institut f�r Chemie, Mainz, Germany, February 2000

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, January 2000

Department of Chemistry, University of California at San Diego, December 1999

State Microscopical Society of Illinois, Chicago, October 1999

Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, May 1999

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, December 1998

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Washington DC, June 1998

Sigma Xi Chapter at University of Illinois at Chicago, March 1998

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, July 1997

State Microscopical Society of Illinois, Chicago, July 1997

Department of Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, May 1997

Department of Chemistry, University of California at San Diego, December 1996

Department of Geology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, October 1996

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, October 1996

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago, September 1996

Department of Geology, Northwestern University, Evanston, March 1996

 

Honors/Awards

Shoemaker Lecturer, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2016

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award, 2015-2016

Visiting Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2013

Fellow, Explorers Club, 2012

Fellow, Wings WorldQuest, 2007

Fellow, Meteoritical Society, 2006

Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005-2006

Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Award (Air and Space), 2003

Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society, 2000

Asteroid 8356 named (8356) Wadhwa by International Astronomical Union, 1999

Antarctica Service Medal, 1993, 2013

McDonnell Center Graduate Fellowship, 1990-1992

University Fellowship, Washington University, 1989-1990

University Grants Commission Fellowship for ranking 1st in B.S. in Geology, Panjab University, 1988-1989

Service

Vice-President, Meteoritical Society, 2017-present

Member, AGU Robert Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism selection committee, 2017-present

Member, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Space Studies Board Executive Committee, 2016-2017

Member, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), 2015-present

Member, NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee, 2015-2016           

Member, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Space Studies Board, 2012-present

Member, Elements Magazine Advisory Board, 2009-present

Member, AGU David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism selection committee, 2015-2016

Member, Review panels for NASA Science Mission Directorate Research and Analysis programs, 2015-2016              

Member, Ad hoc panel of experts (Planetary Protection) convened by The National Academies NRC, 2014-2015

Member, The National Academies NRC Committee on the Assessment of NASA Science Mission Directorate 2014 Science Plan, 2013             

Chair, Audit Committee of the Meteoritical Society, 2012-2013

Co-Convener, Lunar Highlands Workshop, 2012

Member, Audit Committee of the Meteoritical Society, 2011-2013 (Chair, 2013) 

Theme Chair (Cosmochemistry, Planet Formation), Goldschmidt Conference, 2011

Member, Organizing Committee, Workshop on Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System, 2011

Invited Nominator, MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program, 2011, 2005

Invited External Member, Faculty Search Committee, ETH Zurich, 2010-2011

Invited External Member, Faculty Search Committee, Center for Star and Planet Formation, University of Copenhagen, 2010

Chair, NASA Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials, 2009-2012

Member, Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council, 2009-2012

Chair, Planetary Conditions for Life sub-panel, NASA Exobiology Review Panel, 2009

Chair, McKay Award Committee of the Meteoritical Society, 2009

Member, National Academies NRC Committee on Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions, 2008-2009

Member, National Academies NRC Committee on Review of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample-Return Missions, 2008-2009

Member, NASA Cosmochemistry Review Panel, 2008

Member, NASA Discovery and Scout Mission Capabilities Expansion Review Panel, 2008

Member, Science Steering Committee, 5th Astrobiology Science Conference, 2007-2008

Member, NASA Origins of Solar Systems Review Panel, 2007

Co-Chair, Planetary Conditions for Life sub-panel, NASA Exobiology Review Panel, 2007

Member, Program Committee, 70th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 2007

Member, Nominations Committee of the Meteoritical Society, 2007

Member, National Academies NRC Committee on Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars, 2006-2008

Member, Meteoritical Society Pellas-Ryder Committee, 2006-2008 (Chair, 2008)

Member, Organizing Committee, Early Planetary Differentiation Workshop, 2006

Member, National Academies NRC Committee on Origins and Evolution of Life, 2005-2008

Member, NASA Cosmochemistry Program Management Operations Working Group, 2005-2008

Member, NASA Solar System Exploration Strategic Roadmap Committee, 2005

Member, Program Committee, 68th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 2005

Member, Solar System Exploration Subcommittee of NASA’s Space Sciences Advisory Committee, 2004-2005

Member, Editorial Committee, Meteorites & the Early Solar System II (U. Arizona Press), 2004-2005

Member, NASA Mars-Moon Science Linkages (MMSL) Science Steering Group, 2004

Member, Organizing Committee, Oxygen in the Terrestrial Planets Workshop, 2004

Member, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Council, 2002-2008

Member, NASA Curation and Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM), 2002-2005

Panel Chief, NASA Cosmochemistry Review Panel, 2002-2003

Member, Meteoritical Society Council, 2001-2004

Member, Organizing Committee, Workshop on Mercury: Space Environment, Surface, and Interior, 2001

Co-Chair, Organizing Committee, 63rd Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 2000

Panel Chief, NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP) Surface Instrumentation Review Panel, 1999

Member, NASA Cosmochemistry Management Operations Working Group/Ad Hoc Advisory Group, 1998–2001

Member, Program Committee, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1998–1999

Member, NASA Cosmochemistry Review Panel, 1997–1999 (Group Chief, Experimental and Analytical Geochemistry Group, 1999)

Member, NASA Laboratory Instrumentation for the Analysis of Returned Samples (LIFARS) Program Definition Group, 1997-1998

Member, Meteorite Nomenclature Committee, 1996–2000 (Chair, 1998)

Member, NASA-NSF-Smithsonian Meteorite Working Group, 1996–1999

Member, NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP) Surface Instrumentation Review Panel, 1996