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Nuttman Chesnutt

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

NCSU Geology PhD Candidate Teaching Assistant

Adjunct faculty member at Durham Tech Community College

Adjunct faculty member at NC Wesleyan College

President of ZettaDyne Scientific Consulting

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I am pursuing a PhD in Planetary Geology and Geomorphology.   I completed a 25-year career in the USAF as an F-16 pilot and Defense Attache before starting the Geology program here at “State.” 

Research Description

My research interests include landscape evolution on Earth and Mars and mass wasting processes throughout the solar system.  I am conducting Mars-Earth analog studies of Sacra Mensa (Mars) and the Grand Mesa (Colorado) as well as Valles Marineris (Mars) and Rio Chama Canyon (New Mexico).  I am also interested in the geophysical surveys of archeological sites in New Mexico. 


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M.A., Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University (2004)
M.E., Materials Science, NCSU (1996)
B.S., Space Physics, USAF Academy (1989)

Area(s) of Expertise

Landscape evolution and mass wasting on Earth and Mars