Catherine Corrigan

Catherine Margaret Corrigan
Other names Cari Corrigan
Fields Meteoritics
Institutions National Museum of Natural History
Education PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2004
Thesis Carbonate minerals in martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001: Implications for environmental conditions on ancient Mars (2004)
Doctoral advisor Ralph Harvey
Spouse Ben Bussey

Catherine Margaret Corrigan, often known as Cari Corrigan, is an American scientist best known as a curator of the Meteorite Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a scientist in the Department of Mineral Science at the National Museum of Natural History.[1]


Corrigan obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1995 and a Master of Science in 1998, both in Geology at Michigan State University. Her master's thesis was titled The Composition of Impact Breccias from the Chicxulub Impact Crater, Yucatan Peninsula, Yucatan, Mexico. She later earned a Ph.D in Planetary Science at Case Western Reserve University in 2004 studying carbonate minerals in Martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001 which suggest the sample came from a surface on Mars that underwent multiple distinct exposures to liquid water, rather than long term exposure in a body of water.[2]


Field work

In 2001 and 2004, Corrigan travelled to Antarctica as a member of ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) teams.[3] She is a co-author of 35 seasons of U.S. Antarctic meteorites (1976-2010): a pictorial guide to the collection (2014) ISBN 1-118-79838-4 (OCLC Number: 879851951).

Research and curation

Cari Corrigan was a postdoctoral fellow at National Museum of Natural History and Applied Physics Lab.[4]

In 2004, Corrigan was instrumental in the initial examination and classification of newly discovered Martian meteorite MIL03346, only the seventh known Nakhlite.[5]

In early 2008, Corrigan was hired to classify meteorites and curate the meteorite collection for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.[3] As a curator, she is responsible for classifying meteorite samples collected in Antarctica for the Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter.[6]

Other professional work

Corrigan helps process and analyze images from the Mars Exploration Rover project's Opportunity rover.[7]

Corrigan is a member of the science team working with Moon Zoo, a Zooniverse citizen science project. She is interested in linking lunar meteorites to impact craters on the lunar surface.[8]

On behalf of the Meteoritical Society, Corrigan is editor of the society's contributions to Elements magazine.[9]


  1. "Department of Mineral Science Staff". Department of Mineral Science Staff. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  2. CORRIGAN, Catherine M.; HARVEY, Ralph P. (January 2004). "Multi-generational carbonate assemblages in martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001: Implications for nucleation, growth, and alteration". Meteoritics & Planetary Science. 39 (1): 17–30. doi:10.1111/j.1945-5100.2004.tb00047.x.
  3. 1 2 McCoy, Tim (1 February 2008). "Staff changes at the Smithsonian". Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter. 31 (1): 3. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. Corrigan, Catherine. "Catherine Corrigan". Department of Mineral Sciences Staff: Catherine Corrigan. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. Shatterwhite, Cecilia; Rightner, Kevin (July 2004). "Special edition ... Announcing the Availability of a New Martian Meteorite" (PDF). Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter. 27 (2): 2. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. "Antarctic meteorite Newsletter". Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter. NASA Johnson Space Center. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  7. "Catherine Corrigan: Geologist and Curator of Antarctic Meteorites". Q?rius. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  8. "Moon Zoo Team". Moon Zoo Team. Zooniverse. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. "About the Society: Other Personnel". The Meteoritical Society. The Meteoritical Society. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
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