PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 524


Shane Byrne

Professor, Assistant Department Head

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.

Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology

Years with LPL: 2007 to present

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 Staff Scientists

  • Michael Sori


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Shane Byrne

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Years 2017 through June 2020

Smith, I. B., Hayne, P. O., Byrne, S., Becerra, P., Kahre, M., Calvin, W., Hvidberg, C., Milkovich, S., Buhler, P., Landis, M., Horgan, B., Kleinböhl, A., Perry, M. R., Obbard, R., Stern, J., Piqueux, S., Thomas, N., Zacny, K., Carter, L., Edgar, L., Emmett, J., Navarro, T., Hanley, J., Koutnik, M., Putzig, N., Henderson, B. L., Holt, J. W., Ehlmann, B., Parra, S., Lalich, D., Hansen, C., Hecht, M., Banfield, D., Herkenhoff, K., Paige, D. A., Skidmore, M., Staehle, R. L., Siegler, M. The Holy Grail: A road map for unlocking the climate record stored within Mars' polar layered deposits 2020P&SS..18404841S

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. Landslides on Ceres: Diversity and Geologic Context 2019JGRE..124.3329D

Sori, M. M., Bapst, J., Becerra, P., Byrne, S. Islands of ice on Mars and Pluto 2019JGRE..124.2522S

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. Landslides on Ceres: Inferences Into Ice Content and Layering in the Upper Crust 2019JGRE..124.1512C

Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Bandfield, J. L., Hayne, P. O. Thermophysical Properties of the North Polar Residual Cap using Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer 2019JGRE..124.1315B

Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Bapst, J., Smith, I. B., McClintock, T. A Migration Model for the Polar Spiral Troughs of Mars 2019JGRE..124.1020B

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. Bright carbonate surfaces on Ceres as remnants of salt-rich water fountains 2019Icar..320...39R

Landis, M. E., Byrne, S., Combe, J.-P., Marchi, S., Castillo-Rogez, J., Sizemore, H. G., Schörghofer, N., Prettyman, T. H., Hayne, P. O., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T. Water Vapor Contribution to Ceres' Exosphere From Observed Surface Ice and Postulated Ice-Exposing Impacts 2019JGRE..124...61L

Combe, J.-P., Raponi, A., Tosi, F., De Sanctis, M. C., Carrozzo, F. G., Zambon, F., Ammannito, E., Hughson, K. H. G., Nathues, A., Hoffmann, M., Platz, T., Thangjam, G., Schorghofer, N., Schröder, S., Byrne, S., Landis, M. E., Ruesch, O., McCord, T. B., Johnson, K. E., Singh, S. M., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T. Exposed H2O-rich areas detected on Ceres with the dawn visible and infrared mapping spectrometer 2019Icar..318...22C

Dundas, C. M., McEwen, A. S., Diniega, S., Hansen, C. J., Byrne, S., McElwaine, J. N. The formation of gullies on Mars today 2019GSLSP.467...67D

Savage, R., Palafox, L. F., Morrison, C. T., Rodriguez, J. J., Barnard, K., Byrne, S., Hamilton, C. W. A Bayesian Approach to Subkilometer Crater Shape Analysis Using Individual HiRISE Images 2018ITGRS..56.5802S

Sori, M. M., Sizemore, H. G., Byrne, S., Bramson, A. M., Bland, M. T., Stein, N. T., Russell, C. T. Cryovolcanic rates on Ceres revealed by topography 2018NatAs...2..946S

Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Brown, A. J. On the icy edge at Louth and Korolev craters 2018Icar..308...15B

Tornabene, L. L., Seelos, F. P., Pommerol, A., Thomas, N., Caudill, C. M., Becerra, P., Bridges, J. C., Byrne, S., Cardinale, M., Chojnacki, M., Conway, S. J., Cremonese, G., Dundas, C. M., El-Maarry, M. R., Fernando, J., Hansen, C. J., Hansen, K., Harrison, T. N., Henson, R., Marinangeli, L., McEwen, A. S., Pajola, M., Sutton, S. S., Wray, J. J. Image Simulation and Assessment of the Colour and Spatial Capabilities of the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter 2018SSRv..214...18T

Dundas, C. M., Bramson, A. M., Ojha, L., Wray, J. J., Mellon, M. T., Byrne, S., McEwen, A. S., Putzig, N. E., Viola, D., Sutton, S., Clark, E., Holt, J. W. Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes 2018Sci...359..199D

Dundas, C. M., McEwen, A. S., Chojnacki, M., Milazzo, M. P., Byrne, S., McElwaine, J. N., Urso, A. Granular flows at recurring slope lineae on Mars indicate a limited role for liquid water 2017NatGe..10..903D

Thomas, N., Cremonese, G., Ziethe, R., Gerber, M., Brändli, M., Bruno, G., Erismann, M., Gambicorti, L., Gerber, T., Ghose, K., Gruber, M., Gubler, P., Mischler, H., Jost, J., Piazza, D., Pommerol, A., Rieder, M., Roloff, V., Servonet, A., Trottmann, W., Uthaicharoenpong, T., Zimmermann, C., Vernani, D., Johnson, M., Pelò, E., Weigel, T., Viertl, J., De Roux, N., Lochmatter, P., Sutter, G., Casciello, A., Hausner, T., Ficai Veltroni, I., Da Deppo, V., Orleanski, P., Nowosielski, W., Zawistowski, T., Szalai, S., Sodor, B., Tulyakov, S., Troznai, G., Banaskiewicz, M., Bridges, J. C., Byrne, S., Debei, S., El-Maarry, M. R., Hauber, E., Hansen, C. J., Ivanov, A., Keszthelyi, L., Kirk, R., Kuzmin, R., Mangold, N., Marinangeli, L., Markiewicz, W. J., Massironi, M., McEwen, A. S., Okubo, C., Tornabene, L. L., Wajer, P., Wray, J. J. The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter 2017SSRv..212.1897T

Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Bapst, J. Preservation of Midlatitude Ice Sheets on Mars 2017JGRE..122.2250B

Schorghofer, N., Byrne, S., Landis, M. E., Mazarico, E., Prettyman, T. H., Schmidt, B. E., Villarreal, M. N., Castillo-Rogez, J., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T. The Putative Cerean Exosphere 2017ApJ...850...85S

Landis, M. E., Byrne, S., Schörghofer, N., Schmidt, B. E., Hayne, P. O., Castillo-Rogez, J., Sykes, M. V., Combe, J.-P., Ermakov, A. I., Prettyman, T. H., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T. Conditions for Sublimating Water Ice to Supply Ceres' Exosphere 2017JGRE..122.1984L

Molaro, J. L., Byrne, S., Le, J.-L. Thermally induced stresses in boulders on airless body surfaces, and implications for rock breakdown 2017Icar..294..247M

Sori, M. M., Bapst, J., Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Landis, M. E. A Wunda-full world? Carbon dioxide ice deposits on Umbriel and other Uranian moons 2017Icar..290....1S

Schmidt, B. E., Hughson, K. H. G., Chilton, H. T., Scully, J. E. C., Platz, T., Nathues, A., Sizemore, H., Bland, M. T., Byrne, S., Marchi, S., O'Brien, D. P., Schorghofer, N., Hiesinger, H., Jaumann, R., Pasckert, J. H., Lawrence, J. D., Buzckowski, D., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Sykes, M. V., Schenk, P. M., Desanctis, M.-C., Mitri, G., Formisano, M., Li, J.-Y., Reddy, V., Lecorre, L., Russell, C. T., Raymond, C. A. Geomorphological evidence for ground ice on dwarf planet Ceres 2017NatGe..10..338S

Viola, D., McEwen, A. S., Dundas, C. M., Byrne, S. Subsurface volatile content of martian double-layer ejecta (DLE) craters 2017Icar..284..325V

Forget, F., Byrne, S., Head, J. W., Mischna, M. A., Schörghofer, N. Recent Climate Variations

Titus, T. N., Byrne, S., Colaprete, A., Forget, F., Michaels, T. I., Prettyman, T. H. The CO2 Cycle

Sori, M. M., Byrne, S., Bland, M. T., Bramson, A. M., Ermakov, A. I., Hamilton, C. W., Otto, K. A., Ruesch, O., Russell, C. T. The vanishing cryovolcanoes of Ceres 2017GeoRL..44.1243S

Becerra, P., Sori, M. M., Byrne, S. Signals of astronomical climate forcing in the exposure topography of the North Polar Layered Deposits of Mars 2017GeoRL..44...62B

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