PTYS/LPL Faculty

Shane Byrne


  • Patricio Becerra (PTYS)
  • Ali Bramson (PTYS)
  • Meghan Cassidy (PTYS)
  • Patrick Harner (PTYS)
  • Margaret Landis (PTYS)
  • Jamie Molaro (PTYS)


  • Serina Diniega, 2010 (Applied Mathematics)
  • Priyanka Sharma, 2012 (PTYS)
Shane Byrne
Associate Professor
Planetary sciences
Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology

Kuiper   #524

Years with LPL:  2007 to present


Dr. Byrne’s principal research interests are in surface processes on planetary bodies throughout the solar system, especially those processes which affect, or are driven by, planetary ices.

Mostly he investigates the formation and modification of the Martian polar ice deposits. Currently, he is also working on concentration of volatiles in the polar craters of the Moon and Mercury and on the possibility of surface frosts on large asteroids such as Ceres.
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  • Short-term climate record from landscape evolution in the martian residual CO2 cap
  • Linking Visible and Radar Stratigraphy in the Martian Polar Deposits
  • Quantitative Stratigraphy of North Polar Basal Layers
  • Volatile Migration on Ceres and Other Large Asteroids
  • Space Imagery Center: A NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility
  • Thermal Weathering in the Inner Solar System: NASA, Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program
  • Linking climate and geology: The recent Accumulation of North Polar ice on Mars
  • Advanced Change Detection Studies of Martian Dunes


High Resolution Science Experiment (HiRISE): Co-Investigator


High-Resolution Stereo Color Imager (HiSCI): Deputy-PI
Chronos Mars-scout proposal (2006) Co-Investigator
MOSAIC Mars-scout proposal (2006) Co-Investigator
Boreale Explorer Mars-scout proposal (2006) Co-Investigator
Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) (2002-2006)
MIT manned lunar exploration initiative (2004-2005)
Landing site selection, Mars Polar Lander (1999)


NASA ADS Author search: Shane Byrne


Hansen, C. J., et al. Observations of the northern seasonal polar cap on Mars: I. Spring sublimation activity and processes 2013Icar..225..881H

Clifford, S. M., et al. Introduction to the fifth Mars Polar Science special issue: Key questions, needed observations, and recommended investigations 2013Icar..225..864C

Daubar, I. J., et al. The current martian cratering rate 2013Icar..225..506D

Caudill, C. M., et al. Layered MegaBlocks in the central uplifts of impact craters 2012Icar..221..710C

Molaro, J., Byrne, S. Rates of temperature change of airless landscapes and implications for thermal stress weathering 2012JGRE..11710011M

Hvidberg, C. S., et al. Reading the climate record of the martian polar layered deposits 2012Icar..221..405H

Beyer, R., K. Stack, K. Griffes, R. Milliken, K. Herkenhoff, S. Byrne, J.W. Holt, and J. Grotzinger, An atlas of Mars sedimentary rocks as seen by HiRISE, Society for Sedimentary Geology Special Publication, In Press, 2012.

Dundas, C. M., et al. Seasonal activity and morphological changes in martian gullies 2012Icar..220..124D

Sharma, P., Byrne, S. Comparison of Titan's north polar lakes with terrestrial analogs 2011GeoRL..3824203S

McEwen, A. S., et al. Seasonal Flows on Warm Martian Slopes 2011Sci...333..740M

Phillips, R. J., et al. Massive CO2 Ice Deposits Sequestered in the South Polar Layered Deposits of Mars 2011Sci...332..838P

Hansen, C. J., et al. Seasonal Erosion and Restoration of Mars’ Northern Polar Dunes 2011Sci...331..575H

Sharma, P., Byrne, S. Constraints on Titan’s topography through fractal analysis of shorelines 2010Icar..209..723S

Diniega, S., Glasner, K., Byrne, S. Long-time evolution of models of aeolian sand dune fields: Influence of dune formation and collision 2010Geomo.121...55D

Reufer, A., et al. Models of high velocity impacts into dust-covered ice: Application to Martian northern lowlands 2010P&SS...58.1160R

Banks, M. E., et al. Crater population and resurfacing of the Martian north polar layered deposits 2010JGRE..11508006B

Holt, J. W., et al. The construction of Chasma Boreale on Mars 2010Natur.465..446H

Dundas, C. M., Byrne, S. Modeling sublimation of ice exposed by new impacts in the martian mid-latitudes 2010Icar..206..716D

Dundas, C. M., et al. New and recent gully activity on Mars as seen by HiRISE 2010GeoRL..3707202D

Fishbaugh, K. E., et al. First high-resolution stratigraphic column of the Martian north polar layered deposits 2010GeoRL..3707201F

Hansen, C. J., et al. HiRISE observations of gas sublimation-driven activity in Mars’ southern polar regions: I. Erosion of the surface 2010Icar..205..283H

Fishbaugh, K. E., et al. Evaluating the meaning of “layer” in the martian north polar layered deposits and the impact on the climate connection 2010Icar..205..269F

McEwen, A. S., et al. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO’s Primary Science Phase (PSP) 2010Icar..205....2M

Byrne, S., et al. Distribution of Mid-Latitude Ground Ice on Mars from New Impact Craters 2009Sci...325.1674B

Byrne, S. The Polar Deposits of Mars 2009AREPS..37..535B

Russell, P., et al. Seasonally active frost-dust avalanches on a north polar scarp of Mars captured by HiRISE 2008GeoRL..3523204R

Brown, A. J., et al. Louth crater: Evolution of a layered water ice mound 2008Icar..196..433B

Winebrenner, D. P., et al. Evidence for ice flow prior to trough formation in the martian north polar layered deposits 2008Icar..195...90W

Byrne, S., Zuber, M. T., Neumann, G. A. Interannual and seasonal behavior of Martian residual ice-cap albedo 2008P&SS...56..194B

Byrne, S. The surface of Mars, by Michael H. Carr 2007M&PS...42.2181B

Herkenhoff, K. E., et al. Meter-Scale Morphology of the North Polar Region of Mars 2007Sci...317.1711H

McEwen, A. S., et al. A Closer Look at Water-Related Geologic Activity on Mars 2007Sci...317.1706M

Koutnik, M. R., et al. Eolian controlled modification of the martian south polar layered deposits 2005Icar..174..490K

Schaller, E. L., et al. Modification of secondary craters on the Martian South Polar Layered Deposits 2005JGRE..11002004S

Byrne, S., Ivanov, A. B. Internal structure of the Martian south polar layered deposits 2004JGRE..10911001B

Jerolmack, D. J., et al. A minimum time for the formation of Holden Northeast fan, Mars 2004GeoRL..3121701J

Byrne, S. History and current processes of the Martian polar layered deposits 2003PhDT........13B

Piqueux, S., Byrne, S., Richardson, M. I. Sublimation of Mars's southern seasonal CO2 ice cap and the formation of spiders 2003JGRE..108.5084P

Byrne, S., Ingersoll, A. P. Martian climatic events on timescales of centuries: Evidence from feature morphology in the residual south polar ice cap 2003GeoRL..30m..29B

Byrne, S., Ingersoll, A. P. A Sublimation Model for Martian South Polar Ice Features 2003Sci...299.1051B

Koutnik, M., Byrne, S., Murray, B. South Polar Layered Deposits of Mars: The cratering record 2002JGRE..107.5100K

Byrne, S., Murray, B. C. North polar stratigraphy and the paleo-erg of Mars 2002JGRE..107.5044B

Murray, B., et al. Preliminary Geological Assessment of the Northern Edge of Ultimi Lobe, Mars South Polar Layered Deposits 2001Icar..154...80M