Graduate Directory

Secana Portia Goudy
  • Pronouns she/her
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Earth & Marine Sciences, C548
  • Mail Stop Earth and Planetary Sciences

Summary of Expertise

Scanning Electron Microscope (EDS, BSE, EBSD)

Chondrite Classification

Optical Microscopy (300+ hours)

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Machine Learning (PCA, PLSR, Naive Bayes, Artifical Neural Networks, Clustering)


Research Interests

Meteoritic Geochemistry, Petrology, and Microtectonics

Biography, Education and Training

PhD in Progress, University of California at Santa Cruz

  • Project: Evidence for multiple early impacts on the H parent body from electron backscatter diffraction analysis
  • Project: CM carbonate isotopic analysis (near future)


Master of Science in Geology, Portland State University – 2019


  • Thesis: Assessment of cluster chondrite accretion temperature using electron backscatter diffraction
  • Teaching Assistant: Meteoritics, Astrobiology, Martian Exploration, Petrology, Mineralogy, Oregon Geology, Introductory Geology
  • Other: Meteorite classification and registry
  • Other: Electron dispersive spectroscopic analysis of bleached chondrules


Bachelor of Science in Geology with High Honors, New Mexico State University – 2017


  • Undergraduate Research: Mineral identification using machine learning and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Laboratory Assistant: Prepared and analyzed soil samples with laser induced breakdown spectroscopy


Transfer, De Anza Community College – 2015

Honors, Awards and Grants

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California at Santa Cruz 2019

Kristovich Scholarship, Portland State University 2018

John F. Kalesky Memorial Scholarship, New Mexico State University 2016

Chemistry Outstanding Student Award, New Mexico State University 2016

Teaching Interests

Planetary Science, Petrology, Mineralogy, Structural Geology