Arya Udry

Associate Professor of Geoscience
Expertise: Planetary Igneous Petrology, Martian Geology, Planetary Science, Meteorites


Geoscience professor Arya Udry is an expert on planetary igneous petrology, including Martian petrology.

Udry's research aims to better understand the general evolution of Mars through meteorite and rover data analyses. Under the support of UNLV and NASA, she has studied rocks measured at the Martian surface by rovers. Udry's research also expands to the asteroid belt, with investigation of enstatite-rich meteorites that are comparative to those found on the planet Mercury.


  • Ph.D.. University of Tennessee
  • M.S., University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • B.S., University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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Arya Udry In The News

Missouri State University
November 22, 2021
Mark your calendars for the free seminars.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
September 16, 2021
UNLV science professors Libby Hausrath and Arya Udry are finally getting an opportunity to analyze data after being selected by NASA for the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission.
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March 31, 2021
The Franco-Swiss of Valaisan origin works on Martian meteorites. "I am focusing on the magmatic minerals that we will be able to find in the Jezero crater, where Perseverance landed. The goal is to understand the evolution of the interior of Mars", she explains Tuesday in La Matinale.
Las Vegas Sun
March 2, 2021
For Las Vegas, the touchdown of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars was a source of both national and community pride.

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Research | December 27, 2021

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

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Research | February 18, 2021

Before you tune into today's Mars landing, read up on UNLV's role in the search for life on the Red Planet.