Imperial College London

Dr Shoshana Z Weider

Faculty of Engineering

Communications Manager



+44 (0)20 7594 2572s.weider




Central LibrarySouth Kensington Campus





Shoshana joined the Institute of Molecular Sciences and Engineering as White Paper Coordinator (now Communications Manager) in November 2016 .

She is a planetary scientist by training, with an undergraduate Master's degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford and a PhD in lunar geology from Birkbeck College. After three and a half years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, as part of NASA's MESSENGER science team, she transitioned to working full time in science communications. She has been working as a freelance editor for Form and Content Media since 2012, working on online publications such as SPIE Newsroom and SPE PRO. She has also held a number of other roles for major science and engineering organisations in the UK and abroad, including the European Space Agency, Network Rail, Diamond Light Source, and the Science Media Centre.

Shoshana also maintains an active research portfolio and enjoys participating in science outreach projects. Her primary research interest is the exploration of terrestrial bodies in the solar system (mainly Mercury and the Moon), through the use of chemical remote sensing techniques (such as X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy).


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Vander Kaaden KE, McCubbin FM, Nittler LR, et al., 2017, Geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology of boninitic and komatiitic rocks on the mercurian surface: Insights into the mercurian mantle, Icarus, Vol:285, ISSN:0019-1035, Pages:155-168

Weider SZ, Nittler LR, Murchie SL, et al., 2016, Evidence from MESSENGER for sulfur- and carbon-driven explosive volcanism on Mercury, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:43, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:3653-3661

Evans LG, Peplowski PN, McCubbin FM, et al., 2015, Chlorine on the surface of Mercury: MESSENGER gamma-ray measurements and implications for the planet's formation and evolution, Icarus, Vol:257, ISSN:0019-1035, Pages:417-427

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