Viranga Perera

Postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Curriculum Vitae

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Employment

Postdoctoral Researcher, January 2018–present
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Geological Sciences (Planetary Science & Science Education), December 2017
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Master of Science, Earth Sciences (Planetary Science), March 2014
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Bachelor of Science, Physics & Aerospace Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), June 2010
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.


Peer-reviewed papers

4. Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. (2018). Effect of Reimpacting Debris on the Solidification of the Lunar Magma Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123(5), 1168-1191. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JE005512

3. Perera, V., Mead, C., Buxner, S., Lopatto, D., Horodyskyj, L., Semken, S. & Anbar, A. (2017). Students in Fully Online Programs Report More Positive Attitudes toward Science Than Students in Traditional, In-Person Programs, CBE–Life Sciences Education, 16(4), ar60. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.16-11-0316

2. Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Asphaug, E. & Ballouz, R. (2016). The Spherical Brazil Nut Effect and its Significance to Asteroids, Icarus, 278, 194-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2016.06.014

1. Garrick-Bethell, I., Perera, V., Nimmo, F. & Zuber, M. (2014). The Tidal-Rotational Shape of the Moon and Evidence for Polar Wander, Nature, 512(7513), 181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13639


Works in progress

Perera, V., van der Hoeven Kraft, K. J., Husman, J., Semken, S., Mead, C., Angappan, R., Barik, A., Stanley, S., MacKenzie, S. & Buxner, S. Emotions as a Means of Alleviating the Lack of Diversity in the Geosciences, Journal of Geoscience Education (in revision). Preprint https://www.essoar.org/doi/abs/10.1002/essoar.10500036.1

Jackson, A. P., Perera, V., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Asphaug, E. & Gabriel, T. S. J. Impact Generation of Holes in the Early Lunar Crust, (in prep.)

Perera, V., Schwinger, S., Asimow, P. D., Jackson, A. P., Neal, C. R. & Antoshechkin, P. M. Thermochemical Model of the Lunar Magma Ocean using METLS, (in planning)

Perera, V., Ojha, L. & Karimi, S. Impacts onto Venus using iSALE, (in planning)


Conference Abstracts

Planetary Science Conference Talks

Perera, V. & Jackson, A. P. Using Monte Carlo Simulations to Constrain the Impact of Debris on the Infant Moon, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2018)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Asphaug, E. & Gabriel, T. S. J. Cratering and Penetration of the Early Lunar Crust, Bombardment: Shaping Planetary Surfaces and Their Environments (October 2018)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Re-impacting Debris Facilitated Cooling of the Lunar Magma Ocean, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (October 2017)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Effect of Re-Impacts on the Lunar Magma Ocean, Accretion: Building New Worlds Conference (August 2017)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Gabriel, T. S. J., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Expedited Cooling of the Lunar Magma Ocean Due to Impacts, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2017)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Asphaug, E. & Ballouz, R. The Spherical Brazil Nut Effect and its Significance to Asteroids, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (November 2015)

Perera, V., Movshovitz, N., Asphaug, E. & Thangavelautham, J. Material Studies of Asteroid Regolith and Accretion Using a Low-Cost CubeSat Laboratory, International Astronautical Congress (October 2014)

Perera, V. & Garrick-Bethell, I. Lunar Symmetry: The True Shape of the Moon?, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2012)

Perera, V. & Garrick-Bethell, I. Lunar Asymmetry: Coincidence of the Degree-1 and Degree-2 Features due to a Rayleigh-Taylor Instability and Reorientation, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2011)

Science Education Conference Talks

Perera, V., Mead, C., Buxner, S. R., Horodyskyj, L., Semken, S., Lopatto, D. & Anbar, A. Assessing Attitudes Towards Science During an Adaptive Online Astrobiology Course: Comparing Online and On-Campus Undergraduates, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (October 2016)

Perera, V., Buxner, S. R., Horodyskyj, L., Anbar, A., Semken, S., Mead, C. & Lopatto, D. Investigating Changes in Students’ Attitudes Towards Science During an Adaptive Online Astrobiology Course, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (November 2015)

Other Planetary Science Abstracts

Klima, R. L., Denevi, B. W., Ernst, C. M., Murchie, S. L., Peplowski, P. N., Perera, V. & Vander Kaaden, K. Carbon on Mercury, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2018)

Perera, V. & Jackson, A. P. Early Lunar Crust Healed Itself After Impacts Punctured Holes, Bombardment: Shaping Planetary Surfaces and Their Environments (October 2018)

Klima, R. L., Blewett, D. T, Denevi, B. W., Ernst, C. M., Murchie, S. L., Peplowski, P. N., Perera, V. & Vander Kaaden, K. Carbon on Mercury’s Surface–Origin, Distribution and Concentration, Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet Meeting (May 2018)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Effect of Re-impacting Debris on the Solidification of the Lunar Magma Ocean, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2018)

Jackson, A. P., Perera, V., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Impact Generation of Holes in the Early Lunar Crust, Accretion: Building New Worlds Conference (August 2017)

Dunham, E., Desch, S. J., Perera, V., & Schwartz, S. R. Probing the Internal Structure and Habitability of Icy Worlds Using Haumea, Astrobiology Science Conference (April 2017)

Jackson, A. P., Perera, V., Gabriel, T. S. J., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. & Asphaug, E. Impacts into Thin Crust Overlying a Magma Ocean, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2017)

Dunham, E., Desch, S. J., Perera, V. & Schwartz, S. R. Modeling the Axis Ratios of a Differentiated Haumea to Determine Its Internal Structure, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2017)

Cournède, C., Garrick-Bethell, I., Coe, R., Perera, V., Weiss, B. P. & Nelson, R. Insights into Early Lunar Paleomagnetism from the Ancient Norite 78235, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2017)

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Asphaug, E. & Ballouz, R. Driving Mechanism of the Brazil Nut Effect in Asteroids, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (October 2016)

Asphaug, E., Jackson, A. P., Gabriel, T. S. J., Perera, V., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Minton, D. A. & Hesselbrock, A. Fate of debris from the Borealis basin impact on Mars and from the formation of the Earth-Moon system, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (October 2016)

Perera, V., Lightholder, J., Noviello, J., Cotto-Figueroa, D., Asphaug, E. & Thangavelautham, J. The Study of Planet Formation and Asteroid Surfaces Using a CubeSat Laboratory, Low Cost Planetary Missions Conference (June 2015)

Perera, V., Cotto-Figueroa, D., Noviello, J., Asphaug, E. & Morris, M. Asteroid Origins Satellite (AOSAT): Science in a CubeSat Centrifuge, Conference on Spacecraft Reconnaissance of Asteroid and Comet Interiors (January 2015)

Garrick-Bethell, I., Perera, V., Nimmo, F. & Zuber, M. The Tidal-Rotational Shape of the Moon and Evidence for Polar Wander, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2014)

Garrick-Bethell, I., Perera, V., Nimmo, F. & Zuber, M. The Early Shape of the Moon, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2013)

Other Science Education Abstracts

Perera, V., Che, G., Davis, K., Semken, S., Groppi, C. & Walker, C. My child just built a radio and we hear music!, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2018)

Perera, V., Mead, C., Buxner, S. R., Horodyskyj, L., Semken, S., Lopatto, D. & Anbar, A. Gauging Students’ Attitudes Towards Science to Improve Science Pedagogy, Astrobiology Science Conference (April 2017)

Perera, V., Mead, C., Buxner, S. R., Horodyskyj, L., Semken, S., Lopatto, D. & Anbar, A. Assessing Student Attitudes Towards Science in an Adaptive Online Astrobiology Course: Comparing Online and On-Campus Undergraduates, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2016)

Buxner, S. R., Anbar, A., Semken, S., Mead, C., Horodyskyj, L., Perera, V., Bruce, G. & Schönstein, D. A Guide for Scientists Interested in Researching Student Outcomes, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (November 2015)