Science

I’ve been interested in astronomy and geology from a very early age (around five years old, if my parents are to be believed), and that pretty much sorted out my life thereafter. I took Geology O-level and A-level at school, and went on to spend a thoroughly enjoyable three years studying Exploration Geophysics at University College London, for which I received an Upper Second (Hons) degree. I then moved on to Queen Mary and Westfield College London to take an MSc in Astrophysics for which I submitted a dissertation on ‘The Origin of the Moon’. I applied to Lancaster after that to study Planetary Geology and haven’t looked back since. The net result of all this is that I have a pretty wide background in both astrophysics and geology and can combine knowledge of orbital dynamics, geodynamics and tectonic styles on a variety of planets, magnetic fields, and how individual planets fit into the scheme of things in a solar system – which is just as well, given what I ended up writing my thesis on!

Dissertations

Non-academic publications

Transhuman Space: Under Pressure, by David Morgan-Mar, Kenneth Peters and Constantine Thomas, 2003. This is a supplement for the Transhuman Space hard sci-fi tabletop roleplaying game, which uses GURPS as its engine. The setting describes a transhumanist future of genetic engineering, uploading, artificial intelligence and expansion into the Solar System in the year 2100 AD. Under Pressure describes the oceans of the setting, including an ‘Extraterrestrial Oceans’ chapter written by myself covering Europa, terraformed Mars, and the ethane lakes of Titan (which now don’t appear to exist in reality – the book was published before the Cassini Titan fly-bys).


Publications

Ph.D. Thesis

Thomas C.; 2002, The Structural and Orbital Evolution of the Galilean Satellites, Ph.D. Thesis (Planetary Science), Lancaster University. (5.2 MB locked print-only PDF file)

Posters

Thomas C., Thomson R.; 2003, Distant Shores: Oceans on other worlds, IOS Open House (2.5MB jpeg image)

Thomas C., Ghail R. C., & Wilson L.; 2002, The Internal Structure of Callisto., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXIII (2.5MB jpeg image)

Thomas C.; 2001, A morphological examination of Lugalmeslam crater, Ganymede., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXII (3.1MB jpeg image)

Thomas C. & Wilson L.; 2000, Photoclinometric Analysis of Resurfaced Regions on Europa., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXI (3.2MB jpeg image)

Thomas C., Head J. W., and the Galileo SSI Team; 1998, Lateral Displacement in Northern Marius Regio, Ganymede: Evidence from Galileo SSI Data., Lun. Plan. Sci. XIX (HTML Poster version)

Thomas, C.; 1997, Is Tyre Macula an Ice Cauldron?, Lun. Plan. Sci. XXVIII (HTML Poster version)

Abstracts

Thomas C.; 2004, Internal Structure Modelling of Europa., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXV (PDF Abstract only)

Thomas C., Ghail R. C., & Wilson L.; 2002, The Internal Structure of Callisto., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXIII (PDF Abstract version)

Thomas C.; 2001, A morphological examination of Lugalmeslam crater, Ganymede., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXII (PDF Abstract version)

Thomas C. & Ghail R. C.; 2001, Using elliptical craters as strain markers in Marius Regio, Ganymede., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXII (PDF Abstract version)

Ghail R. C. & Thomas C.; 2001, Unravelling the kinematics of Marius Regio, Ganymede., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXII (PDF Abstract version)

Thomas C. & Wilson L.; 2000, Photoclinometric Analysis of Resurfaced Regions on Europa., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXXI (PDF Abstract version)

Thomas C.; 1999, Is Global Expansion of Ganymede Still Required Given New Thermal Evidence from Callisto?, Lun. Plan. Sci. XXX (PDF Abstract only)

Thomas C., Head J. W., and the Galileo SSI Team; 1998, Morphology of Byblus Sulcus, Ganymede from Galileo SSI Data., Lun. Plan. Sci. XXIX (PDF Abstract version)

Thomas, C.; 1997, Is Tyre Macula an Ice Cauldron?, Lun. Plan. Sci. XXVIII (PDF Abstract version)