PTYS/LPL Faculty

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Christopher Hamilton

Assistant Professor

Astrobiology, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Volcanology

Dr. Hamilton's research focuses on geological surface processes to better understand the evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies. His specialty relates to volcanology and specifically to lava flows, magma-water interactions, and explosive eruptions using a combination of field observations, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, machine learning, and geophysical modeling. These topics provide insight into the evolution of planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres through magma production, ascent, and volcanism.

View LPL Evening Lecture from November 24, 2015, Volcanism on Earth and Mars

Ph.D., 2010, University of Hawaii

Years with LPL: 2014 to present

Current Grants

  • "LIFE: Lava-Induced Fumarolic Environments”, EUROVOLC 2nd Transnational Access Call (PI)
  • "Lunar Impact Melt Flows: Geological Mapping, Experimental Simulation, and Numerical Modeling" NASA Solar System Workings Program (PI)
  • "Assessing the Formation and Implications of Self-secondary Craters on Copernican Impact Ejecta" NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program (Co-I)
  • "Pattern to Process: Flood Basalt Emplacement Parameters and their Cross-Sectional Morphologies" JPL Strategic University Research Partnership Program (Co-I)

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Current Graduate Students

Former Students

  • 2016-2019: Amanda Stadermann, Graduate Student (Planetary Sciences - M.Sc. received in 2019)
  • 2017–2018: Anna Schuh, Undergraduate Honors Student (Geosciences)
  • 2016–2017: Léa Bonnefoy, Graduate Student (Planetary Sciences)
  • 2016–2017: Jade Bowers, Undergraduate Honors Student (Geosciences)
  • 2016–2017: Connor Williams, Undergraduate Student (College of Engineering)

Former Postdocs

  • 2015–2016: Michael Sori
  • 2014–2015: Stephen Scheidt
  • 2014–2016: Leon Palafox

Current Staff Scientists

  • 2016–Present: Michael Sori

Former Staff Scientists

  • 2015–2018: Stephen Scheidt
  • 2015–2017: Leon Palafox


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author Search: Christopher Hamilton

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Years 2017 through 2019

Bonnefoy, L. E., Hamilton, C. W., Scheidt, S. P., Duhamel, S., Hoskuldsson, A., Jonsdottir, I., Thordarson, T., Munzer, U. Landscape evolution associated with the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in Iceland. 2019. JVGR 397: 1-22.

Morrison, A. A., Zanetti, M., Hamilton, C. W., Lev, E., Neish, C. D., Whittington, A. G. Rheological investigation of lunar highland and mare impact melt simulants 2019Icar..317..307M

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

Voigt, J. R. C., Hamilton, C. W. Investigating the volcanic versus aqueous origin of the surficial deposits in Eastern Elysium Planitia, Mars 2018Icar..309..389V

Stadermann, A. C., Zanetti, M. R., Jolliff, B. L., Hiesinger, H., van der Bogert, C. H., Hamilton, C. W. The age of lunar mare basalts south of the Aristarchus Plateau and effects of secondary craters formed by the Aristarchus event 2018Icar..309...45S

Hamilton, C. W., Mouginis-Mark, P. J., Sori, M. M., Scheidt, S. P., Bramson, A. M.  Episodes of Aqueous Flooding and Effusive Volcanism Associated With Hrad Vallis, Mars 2018JGRE..123.1484H

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

Neish, C. D., Hamilton, C. W., Hughes, S. S., Nawotniak, S. K., Garry, W. B., Skok, J. R., Elphic, R. C., Schaefer, E., Carter, L. M., Bandfield, J. L., Osinski, G. R., Lim, D., Heldmann, J. L.  Terrestrial analogues for lunar impact melt flows 2017Icar..281...73N

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