Corbin L. Kling, Ph.D.

geologist/ planetary scientist/drone pilot/RC Enthusiast


Hi, my name is Corbin Kling, I am studying structural geology with an emphasis in planetary science. My masters work was focused on investigating large thrust faults on Mars and if they could inform us more about the subsurface crustal properties. My Ph.D. work has been focused on how pit craters form on Earth, Mars, and any planetary surface that host these enigmatic sinkhole-like geomorphological features.

My most recent work has included:

  1. Using drone data to estimate short-timescale movement of dunes. tracking dune movement with drones is a much improved method to previously used differential GPS surveys. Coupling drone data with novel point cloud comparision techniques allows for accuracte estimation of dune movement without the need for time consuming ground control point surveys conventionally used in drone data processing. The field sites for dune tracking are located in the Simpson Desert, Australia, and the San Rafael Desert in Utah.
  2. A large mapping project studying how pit craters influenced the formation Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars. I have mapped all normal faults, impact craters, and pit craters within Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars. Additionally I have found abundant evidence for periglacial processes post emplacement of the pit craters indicating some large volatile reservoir was present within the subsurface.
  3. Three field campaigns to look at pit craters on Earth; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, and Canyonlands National Park. This wowrk was to supplememtn observations of pit craters made on other planets, including at Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars, Nyx Mons, Venus, and numerous small satellites.


Australia Linear Dunes

Tracking Dunes with Drones

3d terrain models

tasty viewing of 3d mdoels