PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 540


Jessica Barnes (She/Her)

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 2015, The Open University and The Natural History Museum, London UK

Years with LPL: Fall 2019

Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs

My main research focus is on understanding the origin and evolution of volatiles in the inner Solar System. I utilize a combination of nano and microanalytical techniques in the Kuiper Imaging Facility to study mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrological histories of a wide range of extraterrestrial materials. 

My group is currently engaged in a project under the umbrella of Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA). The release of sample 71036 presents a unique opportunity to study volatiles in a basalt that has been frozen and specially preserved since its return and to compare those results with basalts of similar bulk chemistries that have been stored at room temperature. This exceptional suite of basalts also offers a chance to unravel the history of volatile loss on the Moon, from the onset of mineral crystallization through vesicle formation, sampling, and subsequent curation. We are conducting a detailed study of the major, minor, and volatile element chemistry (including H isotopes) of H-bearing minerals and melt inclusions in four Apollo 17 basalts, and to determine the U-Pb and Ar ages of the basalts. 

Other ongoing projects include investigating the petrology of igneous lunar samples, coordinated microanalysis of meteorites to investigate the evolution of water in the Martian crust, and studies aimed at assessing the inventories and origins of volatiles on primitive chondritic and achondritic asteroids. Members of the Planetary Materials Group are also getting ready for the analysis of samples on their way to Earth from asteroid Bennu by the OSIRIS-REx space mission.

View LPL Evening Lecture from September 18, 2019 - The Geological History of the Moon from the Perspective of Unopened Apollo Samples

Current Grants

  • A Multifaceted Approach to Investigating the Magmatic and Post-magmatic History of Volatiles in Basalts from the Rim of Steno Crater - NASA - Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) program. CY19-22. Principal Investigator.
  • Investigating the Origins and Evolution of Volatiles in the Inner Solar System - NASA - Early Career Award. CY20-23. Principal Investigator.
  • Acquisition of a BSE detector and MAPS software for the FIB-SEM in the Kuiper Imaging Facility - TRIF - FY20-21. Co-Investigator. Principal Investigator - T. Zega (UA).
  • Investigating Degassing Histories of Apollo 15 and 17 Lunar Basalts with 3D Visualization and Coordinated Microanalysis - NASA - Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Program. CY21-23. Principal Investigator. Future Investigator - Z. Wilbur (UA)
  • Alien Earths: Which Nearby Planetary Systems Are Likely to Host Habitable Planets and Life? NASA Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) Program. CY20-25. Co-Investigator. Principal Investigator - D. Apai (UA).
  • Impact Modification of Indigenous Lunar Materials - CFPP/TRIF - FY20-21. Principal Investigator.

Current Spacecraft Involvement

  • Co-Investigator on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. The lead for the Sample Elements and Isotopes Analysis Working Group. Member of Mineralogy and Petrology Working Group, Sample Archiving Data Analysis Working Group, and Contact Pad Working Group.

Current Graduate Students

  • Research advisor to Roni Sims (Physics Major). Spring 2022.
  • Space Grant research advisor to Dayana Moreno Huerta (Chemistry Major). Fall 2021 - Spring 2022.
  • Research advisor to Cierra Carrillo (Chemistry & Biochem. Major). Fall 2021 - Spring 2022.
  • Research advisor to lunn Jenn Ong (Chemistry Major). Fall 2021 - Spring 2022.
  • Research advisor to Shavonne Morin (Astronomy Major). Fall 2020 - Spring 2021.


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author Search: Jessica J. Barnes and Google Scholar: Jessica Barnes

Recent refereed publications (NASA ADS): Years 2019 through 2021

McCubbin, Francis M., Lewis, Jonathan A., Barnes, Jessica J., Elardo, Stephen M., & Boyce, Jeremy W. 2021, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. The abundances of F, Cl, and H<SUB>2</SUB>O in eucrites: Implications for the origin of volatile depletion in the asteroid 4 Vesta

Hurley, Dana, Blewett, David T., Cahill, Joshua, Chabot, Nancy, Greenhagen, Benjamin, Hibbitts, Charles, Klima, Rachel, Lawrence, David, Mandt, Kathleen, Nunez, Jorge I., Patterson, Wes, Prem, Parvathy, Stickle, Angela, Deutsch, Ariel, Delitsky, Mona, Flahaut, Jessica, Sowers, George, Sefton-Nash, Eliot, Brisset, Julie, Zacny, Kris, Shukla, Shashwat, Grandidier, Jonathan, Hosseini, Sona, Liu, Yang, Bhiravarasu, Sriram, Stopar, Julie, Barker, Donald, Gertsch, Leslie, Jha, Devanshu, Colaprete, Anthony, Elphic, Richard, Banks, Maria, Benna, Mehdi, Farrell, William, Saxena, Prabal, Tucker, O. J., Mitchell, Julie, Needham, Debra, Atkinson, Jared, Barber, Simeon, Hendrix, Amanda, Kramer, Georgiana, Siegler, Matthew, Grava, Cesare, Poston, Michael, Retherford, Kurt, Kumari, Nandita, Barnes, Jessica, Hayne, Paul, Li, Shuai, Lucey, Paul, & Livengood, Timothy 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. Mission to Characterize Volatiles in Old, Cold, Permanently Shadowed Regions on the Moon

Mainzer, Amy, Abell, P., Bannister, Michele T., Barbee, B., Barnes, J., Bell, J. F., Benner, L., Betts, B., Bose, Maitrayee, Bottke, W., Britt, D., Brozović, M., Bruckner, M., Busch, Michael W., Carey, S., Castillo-Rogez, J., Chesley, J., Christensen, E., Chodas, P., Cotto-Figueroa, D., Delbó, M., Daly, R. T., Dotson, J., Eisenhardt, P., Fernandez, Y. R., Fevig, Ronald A., Grav, T., Greenstreet, S., Gritsevich, M., Hammel, Heidi B., Harris, A., Harris, W., Hickson, D., Hughson, Kynan, Ivezić, Željko, Jha, Devanshu, Jones, Lynne, Jurić, Mario, Kacar, B., Lauretta, D., Lazio, Joseph, Lopes, Rosaly M. C., Marchis, F., Marshall, Sean E., Masiero, J., Mathias, D., McMillan, R. S., McMurtry, C., Michel, P., Naidu, S., Nolan, M. C., Okada, T., Pipher, J. L., Raymond, Carol, Rivera-Valentín, E., Rivkin, A., Schambeau, C. A., Scheeres, D., Scully, Jennifer, Sonnett, S., Spahr, T., Stern, A., Swindle, T., Taylor, P., Takir, D., Telus, M., Thomas, C., Venditti, F. C. F., Virkki, Anne K., Wong, A., & Wright, E. L. 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. The Future of Planetary Defense in the Era of Advanced Surveys

Miller, Kelly E., Theiling, Bethany, Hofmann, Amy E., Castillo-Rogez, Julie, Neveu, Marc, Hosseini, Sona, Barnes, Jessica, de Kleer, Katherine, Barrett, Thomas J., Franz, Heather B., Glein, Christopher R., House, Christopher H., Blase, Ryan C., Libardoni, Mark J., Spilker, Linda J., Choukroun, Mathieu, & Drouin, Brian J. 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. The value of CHONS isotopic measurements of major compounds as probes of planetary origin, evolution, and habitability

Stroud, Rhonda, Barnes, Jessica, Nittler, Larry, Gross, Juliane, Davidson, Jemma, Corrigan, Catherine, Ishii, Hope, Cook, Jamie Elsila, Filiberto, Justin, Lawrence, Samuel, Zolensky, Michael, Schrader, Devin, Cohen, Barbara, & McKeegan, Kevin 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. Strategic Investment in Laboratory Analysis of Planetary Materials as Ground Truth for Solar System Exploration

Thompson, Michelle, Barnes, Jessica, Blewett, David, Cahill, Joshua, Denevi, Brett, Donaldson Hanna, Kerri, Gillis-Davis, Jeff, Glotch, Tim, Jha, Devanshu, Kramer, Georgiana, Kumari, Nandita, Legett, Carey, Moriarty, Daniel, Retherford, Kurt, Shukla, Shashwat, Shusterman, Morgan, & Varatherajan, Indhu 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. Space Weathering Across the Solar System: Lessons from the Moon and Outstanding Questions

McCubbin, Francis, Allton, Judith H., Barnes, Jessica J., Calaway, Michael J., Corrigan, Catherine M., Filiberto, Justin, Fries, Marc D., Gross, Juliane, Harrington, Andrea D., Herd, Christopher D. K., Hutzler, Aurore, Ishii, Hope A., McCoy, Timothy J., McKeegan, Kevin, Mitchell, Julie L., Nittler, Larry R., Regberg, Aaron B., Righter, Kevin, Snead, Christopher J., Stroud, Rhonda, Tait, Kimberly T., Yada, Toru, Zeigler, Ryan A., Zolensky, Michael E., & Stansbery, Eileen K. 2021, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. Advanced Curation of Astromaterials for Planetary Science Over the Next Decade

McCubbin, Francis M. & Barnes, Jessica J. 2020, American Mineralogist. The chlorine-isotopic composition of lunar KREEP from magnesian-suite troctolite 76535

Barnes, Jessica J., McCubbin, Francis M., Santos, Alison R., Day, James M. D., Boyce, Jeremy W., Schwenzer, Susanne P., Ott, Ulrich, Franchi, Ian A., Messenger, Scott, Anand, Mahesh, & Agee, Carl B. 2020, Nature Geoscience. Multiple early-formed water reservoirs in the interior of Mars

Barrett, T. J., Barnes, J. J., Anand, M., Franchi, I. A., Greenwood, R. C., Charlier, B. L. A., Zhao, X., Moynier, F., & Grady, M. M. 2019, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Investigating magmatic processes in the early Solar System using the Cl isotopic systematics of eucrites

Peslier, A. H., Hervig, R., Yang, S., Humayun, M., Barnes, J. J., Irving, A. J., & Brandon, A. D. 2019, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Determination of the water content and D/H ratio of the martian mantle by unraveling degassing and crystallization effects in nakhlites

Barnes, Jessica J., Franchi, Ian A., McCubbin, Francis M., & Anand, Mahesh 2019, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Multiple reservoirs of volatiles in the Moon revealed by the isotopic composition of chlorine in lunar basalts

McCubbin, Francis M. & Barnes, Jessica J. 2019, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Origin and abundances of H<SUB>2</SUB>O in the terrestrial planets, Moon, and asteroids

Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2022 PTYS/ASTR 170A1-00001 MW 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 308 D2L
Spring 2023 PTYS 595B-00002 MW 9:00-10:40a.m. Kuiper 7

Last updated on October 11, 2021