Back to MSFC Planetary Dr. Heidi Fuqua Haviland

Dr. Heidi Haviland is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Originally from California, Dr. Haviland studied at Biola University and the University of Southern California earning two bachelor's, and began her career designing and building spacecraft at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Following, Dr. Haviland then moved to Strasbourg, France, to study at the International Space University and obtained a master's degree. Afterwards, Heidi studied at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab and completed her dissertation. Subsequently, she joined the Planetary Science Laboratory at Louisiana State University.


Heidi's scientific research focuses on understanding planetary interiors using electromagnetic geophysical methods, neutron measurements, seismic normal modes, and the space plasma environment of airless bodies such as the Moon. She is the project scientist of the Neutron Measurements at the Lunar Surface (NMLS) instrument that will fly on Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission one, and a science team member on the InSight mission. Heidi also leads an interdisciplinary research group focused on understanding the chemistry of the Moon through thermoelastic and petrological modeling. Heidi is the Project Scientist for the CLPS PRISM1a (CP-11) delivery which will investigate the Reiner Gamma surface swirl.



Heidi Fuqua Haviland, PhD


ST13 / NSSTC 2070

320 Sparkman Dr.

Huntsville AL 35805

Phone: (256) 961-7711

heidi.haviland at nasa dot gov


BS, Physical Science, Biola University, 2004


BS, Aerospace-Astronautics Engineering, University of Southern California, 2004


MS, Space Studies, International Space University, 2010


PhD, Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2017


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