Lynn Carter

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 533A


Lynn Carter (she/her)

Associate Professor, University Distinguished Scholar

Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University

Years with LPL: 2016 to present

Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System,

Radar Remote Sensing

Dr. Carter’s research interests include volcanism and impact cratering on the terrestrial planets and Moon, surface properties of asteroids and outer Solar System moons, planetary analog field studies, climate change, and the development of radar remote sensing techniques. She is currently a a team member on five spacecraft instruments: SHARAD on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, RIMFAX on Mars2020, REASON on the Europa flagship mission, and Shadowcam on Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter. She also uses Earth-based telescope radar observations to obtain polarimetric images of planets, the Moon and asteroids. Prior field studies using ground penetrating radar have included Kilauea lava flows and pyroclastics in Hawaii, Sunset crater and Meteor crater in Arizona, and permafrost sites near Bonanza Creek outside of Fairbanks Alaska. She is also part of a team at Goddard developing a polarimetric digital beamforming radar system for planetary or Earth orbiter missions. 

View LPL Evening Lecture from October 4, 2017, An Underground Look at Mars Climate and Evolution

Current Grants

  • SESAR-LITE: Probing the Lunar Subsurface to Meet Artemis Science Goals, NASA Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation (DALI), PI
  • EnVision VenSAR Science Team Participation: Polarimetry and Interdisciplinary Science, NASA VenSAR Science Team, PI and Science Team Lead
  • Geophysical Exploration Of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Solar System (GEODES), Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Co-I (PI is Nicholas Schmerr, U. Maryland).
  • Investigating Possible Pyroclastic Deposits on Venus, NASA Solar System Workings (SSW), PI
  • Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR): A Digital Beamforming Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar for Subsurface Imaging, NASA Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE), PI

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Current Graduate Students

Former Postdocs

  • Ali Bramson
  • David Hollibaugh Baker
  • Catherine Neish


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author Search: Lynn M. Carter

Recent refereed publications (NASA ADS): Years 2019 through June 2023

Herrick, Robert R., Bjonnes, Evan T., Carter, Lynn M., Gerya, Taras, Ghail, Richard C., Gillmann, Cédric, Gilmore, Martha, Hensley, Scott, Ivanov, Mikhail A., Izenberg, Noam R., Mueller, Nils T., O'Rourke, Joseph G., Rolf, Tobias, Smrekar, Suzanne E., & Weller, Matthew B. 2023, Space Science Reviews. Resurfacing History and Volcanic Activity of Venus

Bramson, A. M., Carter, L. M., Patterson, G. W., Sori, M. M., Morgan, G. A., Jozwiak, L. M., Nypaver, C. A., & Cahill, J. T. S. 2022, The Planetary Science Journal. Burial Depths of Extensive Shallow Cryptomaria in the Lunar Schiller-Schickard Region

Ganesh, Indujaa, Carter, Lynn M., & Henz, Triana N. 2022, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Radar Backscatter and Emissivity Models of Proposed Pyroclastic Density Current Deposits on Venus

Häggström, I., Carter, L. M., Fuchs, T. J., & Kesner, A. L. 2022, Journal of Instrumentation. Depth resolved pencil beam radiography using AI - a proof of principle study

Shoemaker, E. S., Carter, L. M., Garry, W. B., Morgan, G. A., & Plaut, J. J. 2022, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). New Insights Into Subsurface Stratigraphy Northwest of Ascraeus Mons, Mars, Using the SHARAD and MARSIS Radar Sounders

Ganesh, Indujaa, McGuire, Luke A., & Carter, Lynn M. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Modeling the Dynamics of Dense Pyroclastic Flows on Venus: Insights Into Pyroclastic Eruptions

Hamran, Svein-Erik, Paige, David A., Amundsen, Hans E. F., Berger, Tor, Brovoll, Sverre, Carter, Lynn, Damsgârd, Leif, Dypvik, Henning, Eide, Jo, Eide, Sigurd, Ghent, Rebecca, Helleren, Øystein, Kohler, Jack, Mellon, Mike, Nunes, Daniel C., Plettemeier, Dirk, Rowe, Kathryn, Russell, Patrick, & Øyan, Mats Jørgen 2020, Space Science Reviews. Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Experiment—RIMFAX

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

Ganesh, Indujaa, Carter, Lynn M., & Smith, Isaac B. 2020, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. SHARAD mapping of Arsia Mons caldera

Campbell, Bruce A., Campbell, Donald B., Carter, Lynn M., Chandler, John F., Giorgini, Jon D., Margot, Jean-Luc, Morgan, Gareth A., Nolan, Michael C., Perillat, Phillip J., & Whitten, Jennifer L. 2019, Icarus. The mean rotation rate of Venus from 29 years of Earth-based radar observations

Baker, David M. H. & Carter, Lynn M. 2019, Icarus. Probing supraglacial debris on Mars 1: Sources, thickness, and stratigraphy

Baker, David M. H. & Carter, Lynn M. 2019, Icarus. Probing supraglacial debris on Mars 2: Crater morphology

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Spring 2024 PTYS/ASTR 170A1-1 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 D2L

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