Clive Neal

Clive Neal

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Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Office: 106D Cushing Hall of Engineering
Phone: 574-631-8328

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Areas of Expertise

Lunar petrology (rocks), geochemistry, planetary geology, the moon

Neal uses petrology (the study of rocks) and geochemistry to investigate the environment, from planetary differentiation to heavy metal pollution. His research is not constrained to the earth and his research projects use samples and geophysics to explore the moon as well as studies of Martian meteorites. His interests also include the evolution of the moon and Mars and the origin of the solar system. Neal is chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) and also sits on the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He also is chair of the readiness assessment team for the JOIDES Resolution, a riserless drilling vessel operated by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program for scientific exploration of the ocean floor.


Drilling for Geological Treasure


Mars finding a significant step


Momentum builds for creation of ‘moon villages’
Notre Dame a partner in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
Water on the Moon: It’s been there all along
Notre Dame geologist: Mars Curiosity Rover mission ‘critical’ for NASA
Researcher Simonetti coauthors important new dinosaur-dating paper
Planetary geologist Neal helps link asteroid impact, mass extinction
Notre Dame’s Neal being briefed on water findings from lunar-impact mission
Moonwalk memories
Neal to participate in Beijing lunar science workshop
Geologist Neal named to NASA Lunar Science Institute
Drilling for answers: Clive Neal and the JOIDES Resolution
Planetary geologist Neal to chair lunar analysis group
Rumblings on the moon could be problematic for lunar base


AFP — China shoots for first landing on dark side of the moon
Christian Science Monitor — If China lands on far side of moon, that would be a first for mankind
Mashable — European Space Agency is shooting for a moon base by the 2030s — Lunar Leap: Europe Is Reaching for a Moon Base by the 2030s
United Press International — Man in the moon likely caused by volcano, not astroid — NASA Defends Science Plan for Mars Rover Curiosity
CBS News — Curiosity at Mount Sharp, NASA defends science
The Times of India — Nasa review says Mars rover Curiosity lacks focus
Nature — Curiosity rover comes in last in NASA ranking
South Bend Tribune — Notre Dame geologist: Jet search area huge, desolate
Huffington Post UK — ‘Honeybee’ Lander Will Be The Coolest Thing To Land On The Moon Since Us — Moon Rovers Planned for Commercial Lunar Exploration Project — Scientists Petition U.S. Congress for Return to the Moon
Yahoo News — Under a China Moon: The Politics of Cooperation in Space
Yahoo News — China Moon Landing: ‘Jade Rabbit’ Rover Basks in Lunar Bay of Rainbows
The Independent — Chinese and American space agencies butt heads over competing moon landers — China’s 1st Moon Lander May Cause Trouble for NASA Lunar Dust Mission
The Weather Channel — What are Moonquakes? Exactly What They Sound Like
The Washington Post — New Mexico-size volcano discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean
Huffington Post — The ‘Dry Moon’ Myth
International Business Times — Curtin Geologists Discover Proof of Meteorite Collisions on the Moon
International Business Times — Moon May Be 200 Million Years Younger Than Thought: Scientists
Los Angeles Times — Moon may be younger than thought, study says
Chicago Tribune — Moon may be younger than thought, study says
The Christian Science Monitor — Is the moon really a ‘been there done that’ world?
MSNBC — Prospect of moon ice spurs excitement