Mark Robinson's research interests are focused on the origin and evolution of planetary crusts, including volcanism, tectonism, and regolith development. His investigations use data collected from a variety of spacecraft, including Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Clementine, Galileo, NEAR, Lunar Prospector, Mars Global Surveyor, and Mars Odyssey.
One of his current projects is the design and deployment of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), a suite of three separate, high-resolution imagers designed to return unprecedented high-resolution pictures of the moon's surface. The cameras will be loaded on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, due for launch in October 2008.
Prior to joining the faculty at Arizona State University in 2006, Robinson was at Northwestern University.