Clive Neal

Clive Neal

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Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

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

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Areas of Expertise

Petrology, geochemistry, planetary geology

Neal uses petrology 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.



Mars finding a significant step


Water on the Moon: It’s been there all along

Notre Dame a partner in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

Notre Dame geologist: Mars Curiosity Rover mission ‘critical’ for NASA

Researcher Simonetti coauthors important new dinosaur-dating paper

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


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

Huffington Post UK—‘Honeybee’ Lander Will Be The Coolest Thing To Land On The Moon Since Us

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

The Weather Channel—What are Moonquakes? Exactly What They Sound Like

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