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Zachary A. Torrano

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2020 Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

2015 B.S. in Environmental Geosciences, University of Notre Dame

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2015–2020 Graduate Research Associate, Arizona State University – Advisor: Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa

• Dissertation Title: "Early Solar System Processes and Parent Body Relationships Recorded by Cr and Ti Isotopes in Meteorites"

• Characterized samples and identified targets for analysis using the electron microprobe

• Conducted chemical separation and purification of Cr, Ti, and Mg from sample limited meteorites and their components

• Performed high-precision isotopic analyses of Cr, Ti, and Mg using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

• Used stable Cr and Ti isotopes and Al-Mg systematics to investigate the origin, provenance, evolution, and age of samples

• Used ArcGIS to map microfeatures on Europa’s surface

• Statistically analyzed results to test microfeature formation model hypotheses and predict locations of subsurface water

• Prepared results for presentation at conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journal articles

2014 Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science – Advisor: Dr. David Mittlefehldt

• Conducted scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analyses of R chondrites at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

2013–2015 Undergraduate Researcher, University of Notre Dame – Advisor: Dr. Antonio Simonetti

• Analyzed trinitite for nuclear forensics applications including developing methods for source attribution of nuclear devices

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2020 Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship, Carnegie Institution for Science

2019 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) ($40,795)

HONORS AND AWARDS

2020 ASU The College Graduate Excellence Award

2020 Nininger Student Travel Award ($1,000)

2019 Planetary Studies Foundation Travel Award ($1,000)

2018 Honorable Mention, Nininger Meteorite Award

2018 ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award

2018 Nininger Student Travel Award ($1,000)

2017 Barringer Crater Company Travel Award ($1,000)

2017 Nininger Student Travel Award ($1,000)

2015 Rev. Alexander Kirsch, C.S.C Award, University of Notre Dame

2014–2015 E. and M. Cantwell Scholarship, University of Notre Dame

2011–2014 University Scholarship, University of Notre Dame

LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2019 Executive Secretary, NASA Review Panel

2018 Executive Secretary, NASA Review Panel

2015–2016 ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Graduate Student Council

INVITED TALKS

2020 ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Colloquium. Talk title: “Isotopic investigations of meteorites: using forensic tracers to unravel the mysteries of our early Solar System”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017 TA, Introduction to Geology II Lab

2017 TA, Intro Geology II (Historical)

2016 TA, Introduction to Geology I Lab (solo taught 3 lab sections)

PUBLIC OUTREACH

2016–2020 ASU Open Door (Annual)

2015–2019 ASU Homecoming (Annual)

2015–2019 ASU Earth and Space Exploration Day (Annual)

2015–2019 School of Earth and Space Exploration Open House (1-3 per semester)

2018 Basis Ahwatukee School Science Night

2016 Phoenix Comicon

PUBLICATIONS

Torrano Z. A., Brennecka G. A., Williams C. D., Romaniello S. J., Rai, V. K., Hines R. R., Wadhwa M. (2019). Titanium isotope signatures of calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from CV and CK chondrites: Implications for early Solar System reservoirs and mixing. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 263, 13–30.

Noviello J. L., Torrano Z. A., Rhoden A. R., Singer K. N. (2019) Mapping Europa’s microfeatures in regional mosaics: new constraints on formation models. Icarus, 329, 101–123.

Dustin M. K., Koeman E. C., Simonetti A., Torrano Z. A., Burns P. C. (2016). Comparative Investigation between In Situ Laser Ablation Versus Bulk Sample (Solution Mode) Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) Analysis of Trinitite Post-Detonation Materials. Appl Spectrosc. 70(9):1446–55

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

Torrano Z. A., Schrader D. L., Greenwood R. C., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2020) Evaluating the Relationship Between CM and CO Chondrites Using Chromium, Titanium, and Oxygen Isotopes. LPSC 51, #2524. (Oral Presentation – conference canceled)

Torrano Z. A., Davidson J., and Wadhwa M. (2020) The Reclassification of Northwest Africa (NWA) 2900 from CV3 to CK3 Chondrite. LPSC 51, #1748. (Poster Presentation – conference canceled)

Noviello J. L. and Torrano Z. A. (2020) An Investigation of the Relationships Between Double Ridges and Pits on Europa. LPSC 51, #1562. (Poster Presentation – conference canceled)

Torrano Z. A., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2019) Chromium Isotope Compositions of Refractory Inclusions: Implications for Isotopic Variability in the Early Solar System. MetSoc 82, #6104. (Oral Presentation)

Torrano Z. A., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2019) Titanium Isotope Compositions of Refractory Inclusions: Implications for Nebular Mixing. LPSC 50, #1501. (Oral Presentation)

Torrano Z. A., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2018) Combined Investigation of Chromium, Titanium, and Magnesium Isotope Compositions of Refractory Inclusions from a Variety of Carbonaceous Chondrites. LPSC 49, #2405. (Oral Presentation)

Noviello J. L., Torrano Z. A., Rhoden A. R., Manga M. (2017) The Inferred Distribution of Liquid Water in Europa’s Ice Shell: Implications for the Europa Lander Mission. AGU Fall Meeting, 232681.

Noviello J. L., Torrano Z. A., Rhoden A. R., Manga M. (2017) Microfeature Clustering on Europa: A Potential Clue to the Subsurface Structure. Europa Deep Dive I: Ice-Shell Exchange Processes, 7013.

Torrano Z. A., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2017) Titanium Isotopic Compositions of Refractory Inclusions from Several CV3 and CK3 Chondrites: Implications for Nebular Heterogeneity. MetSoc 80, #6318. (Oral Presentation)

Torrano Z. A., Rai V. K., and Wadhwa M. (2017) Magnesium, Titanium and Chromium Isotope Compositions of Refractory Inclusions from Several CV3 and CK3 Chondrites: Implications for Nebular Heterogeneity. LPSC 48, #3045. (Oral Presentation)

Mane P., Torrano Z. A., Romaniello S. J., Brennecka G. A., Shollenberger Q. R., Borg, L., and Wadhwa M. (2016) Zirconium and Chromium isotopic systematics of non-Allende CAIs. LPSC 47, #2778. (Poster Presentation)

Mittlefehldt D. W., Peng Z. X., and Torrano Z. A. (2015) Petrology and In Situ Trace Element Chemistry of a Suite of R Chondrites. MetSoc 78, #5338.

Torrano Z. A., Mittlefehldt D. W., and Peng, Z. X. (2015) Petrology and Cosmochemistry of a Suite of R Chondrites. LPSC 46, #1229. (Poster Presentation)

Krug K., Thomas R., Torrano Z., Cook N., Koeman E., and Simonetti A. (2015) Forensic Analysis of Trinitite Post-Detonation Materials at High Spatial Resolution: Developing Methods for Source Attribution. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. (Poster Presentation)

LABORATORY AND ANALYTICAL EXPERIENCE

Thermo-Neptune MC-ICPMS, ICAP-Q ICPMS, Column chromatography

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Meteoritical Society, Geochemical Society