Cybertechnology is changing the way we do science. One of Chan’s current projects is to help develop a mobile field application (for smart phone or tablet) that will be the ultimate “field assistant” to record all our field data into a database management system that will also plot up stratigraphic sections. This is a NSF EarthCube project 2016-2019.
Other projects include Concretion Characterization; detailed petrographic, mineralogical, and chemical characterization of iron oxide concretions (cemented nodules) to understand their formation. Recent project grants: Characterization and genesis of terrestrial analogs of Mars hematite - NASA Mars Fundamental Research 2006-2010, Mars for Earthlings - NASA EPOESS Mars for Earthlings 2011-2015, and Unlocking secrets of Jurassic Navajo Sandstone – NSF 2015-2018.