PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 524


Shane Byrne (He/Him)


Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology

Years with LPL: 2007 to present

Astrobiology, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

I am interested in surface processes on planetary bodies throughout the solar system, especially those processes that affect, or are driven by, planetary ices. I enjoy working with a diverse group of graduate students and postdocs. Our areas of activity include Martian ice stability, polar stratigraphy and connection to past climates; Ceres ice, both cryovolcanic and as a source of water vapor; and ice-sublimation landforms on a variety of bodies.

Missions are a big part of what we do. I’m a co-Investigator on the HiRISE and CaSSIS cameras at Mars and a Guest Investigator on the Dawn mission at Ceres. I’m also the director of the Space Imagery Center, a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility. We archive planetary spacecraft and telescopic data not available online and conduct many outreach events.

Current Grants

  • Linking climate and geology: The recent accumulation of north polar ice on Mars
  • Physical and chemical evolution of airless landscapes
  • Volatiles on Ceres
  • Climatic Implications Of Non-Perennial Martian Water Frosts
  • Support for the Space Imagery Center: A NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility
  • Digitization And Public Archiving Of The Surveyor Imaging Dataset
  • Cold-Lightweight Imagers for Europa (C-LIFE)

Current Spacecraft Involvement

  • High Resolution Science Experiment (HiRISE): Co-Investigator
  • Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS): Co-Investigator

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Dawn at Ceres: Guest 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)

Current Graduate Students

Former Students

  • Ali Bramson, 2018 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Margaret Landis, 2018 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Jonathan Bapst, 2018 (Ph.D. U. Washington)
  • Patricio Becerra, 2016 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Jamie Molaro, 2015 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Priyanka Sharma, 2012 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Serina Diniega, 2010 (Ph.D. Applied Mathematics)

Former Postdocs

  • Jonathan Bapst
  • Michael Sori

Current Research/Staff Scientists

  • Michael Sori

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author search: Shane Byrne

Recent refereed publications: Years 2019 through June 2022

Sutton, Sarah S., Chojnacki, Matthew, McEwen, Alfred S., Kirk, Randolph L., Dundas, Colin M., Schaefer, Ethan I., Conway, Susan J., Diniega, Serina, Portyankina, Ganna, Landis, Margaret E., Baugh, Nicole F., Heyd, Rodney, Byrne, Shane, Tornabene, Livio L., Ojha, Lujendra, & Hamilton, Christopher W. 2022, Remote Sensing. Revealing Active Mars with HiRISE Digital Terrain Models

Sori, Michael M., Becerra, Patricio, Bapst, Jonathan, Byrne, Shane, & McGlasson, Riley A. 2022, Geophysical Research Letters. Orbital Forcing of Martian Climate Revealed in a South Polar Outlier Ice Deposit

Wei, Guangfei, Byrne, Shane, Li, Xiongyao, Feng, Jianqing, & Siegler, Matthew A. 2022, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. A New Method to Evaluate and Modify Chang'E-2 Microwave Radiometer Low-Frequency Data Constrained From Diviner Thermal Measurements

Dundas, Colin M., Becerra, Patricio, Byrne, Shane, Chojnacki, Matthew, Daubar, Ingrid J., Diniega, Serina, Hansen, Candice J., Herkenhoff, Kenneth E., Landis, Margaret E., McEwen, Alfred S., Portyankina, Ganna, & Valantinas, Adomas 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Active Mars: A Dynamic World

O'Brien, P. & Byrne, S. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Physical and Chemical Evolution of Lunar Mare Regolith

Becerra, P., Byrne, S., Brown, A. J. 2021, Icarus Corrigendum to "Transient bright "Halos" on the South Polar residual cap of mars: Implications for mass-balance" [Icarus 251 (2015) 211-225]

Dundas, C. M., Mellon, M. T., Conway, S. J., Daubar, I. J., Williams, K. E., Ojha, L., Wray, J. J., Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., McEwen, A. S., Posiolova, L. V., Speth, G., Viola, D., Landis, M. E., Morgan, G. A., Pathare, A. V. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets) Widespread Exposures of Extensive Clean Shallow Ice in the Midlatitudes of Mars

Wei, Guangfei, Byrne, Shane, Li, Xiongyao, & Hu, Guoping 2020, The Planetary Science Journal. Lunar Surface and Buried Rock Abundance Retrieved from Chang'E-2 Microwave and Diviner Data

Martellato, E., Bramson, A. M., Cremonese, G., Lucchetti, A., Marzari, F., Massironi, M., Re, C., & Byrne, S. 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Martian Ice Revealed by Modeling of Simple Terraced Crater Formation

Cook, Claire, Byrne, Shane, d'Aubigny, Christian Drouet, Viola, Donna, Mikucki, Jill, & Ellis, Walther 2020, The Planetary Science Journal. Detection Limits for Chiral Amino Acids Using a Polarization Camera

Cook, Claire W., Bramson, Ali M., Byrne, Shane, Holt, John W., Christoffersen, Michael S., Viola, Donna, Dundas, Colin M., & Goudge, Timothy A. 2020, Icarus. Sparse subsurface radar reflectors in Hellas Planitia, Mars

Smith, Isaac B., Hayne, Paul O., Byrne, Shane, Becerra, Patricio, Kahre, Melinda, Calvin, Wendy, Hvidberg, Christine, Milkovich, Sarah, Buhler, Peter, Landis, Margaret, Horgan, Briony, Kleinböhl, Armin, Perry, Matthew R., Obbard, Rachel, Stern, Jennifer, Piqueux, Sylvain, Thomas, Nicolas, Zacny, Kris, Carter, Lynn, Edgar, Lauren, Emmett, Jeremy, Navarro, Thomas, Hanley, Jennifer, Koutnik, Michelle, Putzig, Nathaniel, Henderson, Bryana L., Holt, John W., Ehlmann, Bethany, Parra, Sergio, Lalich, Daniel, Hansen, Candice, Hecht, Michael, Banfield, Don, Herkenhoff, Ken, Paige, David A., Skidmore, Mark, Staehle, Robert L., & Siegler, Matthew 2020, Planetary and Space Science. The Holy Grail: A road map for unlocking the climate record stored within Mars' polar layered deposits

Duarte, K. D., Schmidt, B. E., Chilton, H. T., Hughson, K. H. G., Sizemore, H. G., Ferrier, K. L., Buffo, J. J., Scully, J. E. C., Nathues, A., Platz, T., Landis, M., Byrne, S., Bland, M., Russell, C. T., & Raymond, C. A. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Landslides on Ceres: Diversity and Geologic Context

Sori, Michael M., Bapst, Jonathan, Becerra, Patricio, & Byrne, Shane 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Islands of ice on Mars and Pluto

Chilton, H. T., Schmidt, B. E., Duarte, K., Ferrier, K. L., Hughson, K. H. G., Scully, J. E. C., Wray, J. J., Sizemore, H. G., Nathues, A., Platz, T., Schorghofer, N., Schenk, P. M., Landis, M. E., Bland, M., Byrne, S., Russell, C. T. R., & Raymond, C. A. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Landslides on Ceres: Inferences Into Ice Content and Layering in the Upper Crust

Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Bandfield, J. L., & Hayne, P. O. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Thermophysical Properties of the North Polar Residual Cap using Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer

Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Bapst, J., Smith, I. B., & McClintock, T. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). A Migration Model for the Polar Spiral Troughs of Mars

Ruesch, O., Quick, L. C., Landis, M. E., Sori, M. M., Čadek, O., Brož, P., Otto, K. A., Bland, M. T., Byrne, S., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Hiesinger, H., Jaumann, R., Krohn, K., McFadden, L. A., Nathues, A., Neesemann, A., Preusker, F., Roatsch, T., Schenk, P. M., Scully, J. E. C., Sykes, M. V., Williams, D. A., Raymond, C. A., & Russell, C. T. 2019, Icarus. Bright carbonate surfaces on Ceres as remnants of salt-rich water fountains

Landis, M. E., Byrne, S., Combe, J. -Ph., Marchi, S., Castillo-Rogez, J., Sizemore, H. G., Schörghofer, N., Prettyman, T. H., Hayne, P. O., Raymond, C. A., & Russell, C. T. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Water Vapor Contribution to Ceres' Exosphere From Observed Surface Ice and Postulated Ice-Exposing Impacts

Combe, Jean-Philippe, Raponi, Andrea, Tosi, Federico, De Sanctis, Maria Cristina, Carrozzo, Filippo Giacomo, Zambon, Francesca, Ammannito, Eleonora, Hughson, Kynan H. G., Nathues, Andreas, Hoffmann, Martin, Platz, Thomas, Thangjam, Guneshwar, Schorghofer, Norbert, Schröder, Stefan, Byrne, Shane, Landis, Margaret E., Ruesch, Ottaviano, McCord, Thomas B., Johnson, Katherine E., Singh, Sandeep Magar, Raymond, Carol A., & Russell, Christopher T. 2019, Icarus. Exposed H<SUB>2</SUB>O-rich areas detected on Ceres with the dawn visible and infrared mapping spectrometer

Dundas, C. M., McEwen, Alfred S., Diniega, S., Hansen, C. J., Byrne, S., & McElwaine, J. N. 2019, Geological Society of London Special Publications. The formation of gullies on Mars today

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2022 PTYS/GEOS 551-00001 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 330 Syllabus
Fall 2022 PTYS/GEOS 551-00001A F 11:00a.m.-12:50p.m. Kuiper 330 Syllabus
Spring 2023 PTYS 590-001 F 3:00-5:00p.m. Kuiper 330 D2L

Last updated on November 17, 2022