Susan Taylor, Ph.D., research scientist at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, is serving as one of the guest editors for the June 2016 issue of Elements, An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology, featuring "Cosmic Dust." Taylor has led NSF and NASA funded projects in Antarctica where she suctioned dust from the bottom of the South Pole water well on two occasions (with her previous work featured on the cover of the journal Nature).
Taylor is planning to return to Antarctica in 2016 to suction cosmic dust from the clean South Pole air. Taylor developed the first classification system for micrometeorites (a subset of cosmic dust) and found that particle textures are linked to atmospheric entry heating. She also discovered the first micrometeorites from the asteroid Vesta, and has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal articles.