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

  • 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).
  • 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
  • “Scalable Beamforming Radar Processor for High Resolution Imaging of Planetary Surfaces”, NASA Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO), PI

Current Spacecraft Involvement

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 2022

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
Fall 2022 PTYS 596A-001 W 2:30-3:30p.m. Kuiper 309 Syllabus
Spring 2023 PTYS/GEOS 549-001 TTH 12:30-1:45p.m. Kuiper 330 Syllabus
Spring 2023 PTYS/GEOS 549-001A F 10:00a.m.-12:50p.m. Kuiper 330 Syllabus

Last updated on October 3, 2022