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About David R. Klassen

My primary area of research interest is understanding how clouds affect the water cycle and climate of Mars. On the observational side I use ground-based (NASA-IRTF) and spacecraft (MRO-CRISM) near-infrared spectral images to track and measure the ice abundance in clouds over diurnal, seasonal, and interannual timescales. More recently, I have begun working on the climate modeling side of the problem. My work is done in collaboration with scientists at the Space Science Institute, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Ames Research Center. My work has been funded by both NASA and the NSF. Over the years I have had the pleasure of training a multitude of Rowan undergraduates in astronomical image processing and analysis.

Positions

Present Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Rowan University College of Science & Mathematics
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2012 - Present Planetary Science Grad School Database Coordinator, Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
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Courses

  • Introductory Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, & Optics (PHYS00.221)
  • Stellar Astrophysics (ASTR11.302)
  • Exploration of the Solar System (ASTR11.200)
  • Mathematical Physics (PHYS00.330)

Education

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1997 - 1998 Postdoctoral, Cornell University
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1989 - 1997 PhD, University of Wyoming ‐ Physics
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1985 - 1989 BS, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Astrophysics
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1985 - 1989 BMath, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Mathematics
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