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Mr Benjamin Man

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Professional biography

I am a doctoral researcher as part of the Planetary Environments Research Group in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University. Studying under Professor David Rothery, Dr Matthew Balme, Dr Susan Conway and Dr Jack Wright, my research focuses on the geological mapping of H13, Neruda, a southern latitude quadrangle of Mercury. Additionally, my research includes the investigation of thrust systems and structural surface features in order to constrain the tectonic evolution of the planet.

PhD Student, The Open University | 2019 - present

PhD Student, Seoul National University, Korea | 2016 - 2018

MSc - Integrated Petroleum Geoscience, University of Aberdeen | 2014 - 2016

MSci - Geology, University of Birmingham | 2011 - 2014

Research interests

Planetary geology, Geological mapping, Surface Processes, Geomorphology, Crater counting, Structural geology, Planetary tectonics, Sedimentology

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Investigating the Neruda-Paramour thrust system, Mercury (2020-09-21)
Man, Ben; Rothery, David; Balme, Matthew; Conway, Susan and Wright, Jack
In : Europlanet Science Congress 2020 (21 Sep - 9 Oct 2020, Virtual)

Mercury tectonics and mapping the Neruda Quadrangle (2021)
Man, Ben
The Open University