PTYS/LPL Faculty

Shane Byrne

Professor, Assistant Department Head
Planetary surface processes
Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology

Kuiper 524

Years with LPL: 2007 to present


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
  • Dawn at Ceres: Guest Investigator

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • 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 PTYS Graduate Students

Student Collaborations/Advising

Former Students

  • 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)
  • Jonathan Bapst

Former Postdocs

  • Michael Sori

Current Staff Scientists

  • Michael Sori


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

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Year 2016 through July 2018

Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Brown, A. J. 308 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. 214 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. 359 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. 10 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

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

Platz, T., Nathues, A., Schorghofer, N., Preusker, F., Mazarico, E., Schröder, S. E., Byrne, S., Kneissl, T., Schmedemann, N., Combe, J.-P., Schäfer, M., Thangjam, G. S., Hoffmann, M., Gutierrez-Marques, P., Landis, M. E., Dietrich, W., Ripken, J., Matz, K.-D., Russell, C. T.  Surface water-ice deposits in the northern shadowed regions of Ceres 2016NatAs...1E...7P

Brown, A. J., Calvin, W. M., Becerra, P., Byrne, S.  Martian north polar cap summer water cycle 2016Icar..277..401B

Buczkowski, D. L., Schmidt, B. E., Williams, D. A., Mest, S. C., Scully, J. E. C., Ermakov, A. I., Preusker, F., Schenk, P., Otto, K. A., Hiesinger, H., O'Brien, D., Marchi, S., Sizemore, H., Hughson, K., Chilton, H., Bland, M., Byrne, S., Schorghofer, N., Platz, T., Jaumann, R., Roatsch, T., Sykes, M. V., Nathues, A., De Sanctis, M. C., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T.  The geomorphology of Ceres 2016Sci...353.4332B

Ruesch, O., Platz, T., Schenk, P., McFadden, L. A., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Quick, L. C., Byrne, S., Preusker, F., O'Brien, D. P., Schmedemann, N., Williams, D. A., Li, J.-Y., Bland, M. T., Hiesinger, H., Kneissl, T., Neesemann, A., Schaefer, M., Pasckert, J. H., Schmidt, B. E., Buczkowski, D. L., Sykes, M. V., Nathues, A., Roatsch, T., Hoffmann, M., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T.  Cryovolcanism on Ceres 2016Sci...353.4286R

Combe, J.-P., McCord, T. B., Tosi, F., Ammannito, E., Carrozzo, F. G., De Sanctis, M. C., Raponi, A., Byrne, S., Landis, M. E., Hughson, K. H. G., Raymond, C. A., Russell, C. T.  Detection of local H2O exposed at the surface of Ceres 2016Sci...353.3010C

Thompson, M. S., Zega, T. J., Becerra, P., Keane, J. T., Byrne, S.  The oxidation state of nanophase Fe particles in lunar soil: Implications for space weathering 2016M&PS...51.1082T

Bierson, C. J., Phillips, R. J., Smith, I. B., Wood, S. E., Putzig, N. E., Nunes, D., Byrne, S.  Stratigraphy and evolution of the buried CO2 deposit in the Martian south polar cap 2016GeoRL..43.4172B

Landis, M. E., Byrne, S., Daubar, I. J., Herkenhoff, K. E., Dundas, C. M.  A revised surface age for the North Polar Layered Deposits of Mars 2016GeoRL..43.3060L

Daubar, I. J., Dundas, C. M., Byrne, S., Geissler, P., Bart, G. D., McEwen, A. S., Russell, P. S., Chojnacki, M., Golombek, M. P.  Changes in blast zone albedo patterns around new martian impact craters 2016Icar..267...86D

Sori, M. M., Byrne, S., Hamilton, C. W., Landis, M. E.  Viscous flow rates of icy topography on the north polar layered deposits of Mars 2016GeoRL..43..541S

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