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Ali M. Bramson

Graduate Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
bramson (at) lpl (dot) arizona (dot) edu


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012 - 2018 (expected)
PhD Candidate, Planetary Sciences with a minor in Geosciences
M.S., Planetary Sciences (awarded December 2015)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2007-2011
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, certificate (minor) in Computer Science
Graduated with distinction (honor's thesis); Named on UW's Dean's List 6 semesters

Honors and Awards

Total amount awarded: $406,242

Graduate ($349,642)

Undergraduate ($56,600)

Research Experiences

Graduate Research Associate
Investigations of excess ice in the Martian mid-latitudes using terraced craters, radar and modeling
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, August 2012-current
Advisor: Prof. Shane Byrne

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Using networking algorithms to assess the environments of galaxy groups (Senior Thesis Project)
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin, December 2008-May 2012
Advisor: Prof. Eric M. Wilcots

REU Student
Searching for ongoing geologic activity on Jupiter’s satellites
SETI Institute, June 2010-August 2010
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Phillips

REU Student
Modeling of 25143 Itokawa to improve radar-based shape estimation methods
Arecibo Observatory/Cornell University, May 2009-August 2009
Advisors: Dr. Michael Nolan and Dr. Ellen Howell

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Environmental transformations of metal nanoparticles
Solution based growth of nanoparticles
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), University of Wisconsin, June 2007-May 2009
Advisors: Dr. Kevin M. Metz and Prof. Joel A. Pedersen



Remote Sensing


Field Work


Professional Activities and Departmental Involvement

Teaching and Mentoring



Invited Talks

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Selected Conference Abstracts/Presentations