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Ali M. Bramson

Graduate Student
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
bramson (at)


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012-present
PhD Candidate, Planetary Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2007-2011
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, certificate in Computer Science
Cumulative GPA: 3.815/4.0
GPA in physical science/math courses: 3.72/4.0
Named on UW's Dean's List 6 semesters

Verona Area High School, Verona, WI, 2003-2007
High School diploma with honors

Honors and Awards



Research Experiences

Graduate Research Associate
Terraced craters and subsurface ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars
Planetary Science Department, 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. Ellen Howell and Dr. Michael Nolan

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


Peer-Reviewed Publications


Activities and Departmental Involvement

Teaching and Mentoring