PTYS/LPL Faculty

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Alfred McEwen

Regents Professor

Ph.D., 1988, Arizona State University

Years with LPL: 1996 to present

Astrobiology, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces

Dr. McEwen is a planetary geologist and director of the Planetary Image Research Laboratory (PIRL). He is working on several active spacecraft experiments, listed below.

His major research interest is understanding active geologic processes such as volcanism, impact cratering, and slope processes. He is PI of IVO, a proposed mission to Jupiter's hyperactive moon Io. For Mars and the Moon he is studying a broad range of topics in planetary geology. He is also pursuing studies and proposals for future missions and experiments at Earth and to Jupiter's moons Io and Europa.

Current Grants

  • HiRISE: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: NASA/JPL
  • LROC: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: NASA/GSFC
  • Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS): ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter: ESA
  • Europa Imaging System (EIS): Europa Clipper: NASA/APL
  • Io Volcano Observer (IVO) Phase A: NASA/UArizona/APL

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Participating scientist on Mars Odyssey THEMIS
  • Participating scientist on Mars Global Surveyor MOC
  • Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Galileo mission to Jupiter
  • Science team member on the Clementine mission to the Moon
  • Guest Investigator for the Voyager Neptune encounter
  • Principal Investigator of the High-resolution Stereo Color Imager (HiSCI) on the ESA/NASA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO)
  • Member of the imaging science team of the Cassini mission to Saturn, 1990-2018

Current Graduate Students

Former Students

  • Cecilia Leung, 2020 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Ethan Schaefer, 2018 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Corwin Atwood-Stone, 2018 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Donna Viola, 2017 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Ingrid Daubar, 2014 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Maria Banks, 2009 (Ph.D. Geosciences)
  • Colin Dundas, 2009 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Andrea Jones, 2009 (M.S. Geosciences)
  • Kelly Kolb, 2008 (M.S. PTYS), 2009 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Stephanie Fussner, 2006 (M.S. PTYS)
  • Moses Milazzo, 2005 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Brandon Preblich, 2005 (M.S. PTYS)
  • Jani Radebaugh, 2005 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Ross Beyer, 2004 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Peter Lanagan, 2004 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Cynthia Phillips, 2000 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Jennifer Grier, 1999 (Ph.D. PTYS)

Former Postdocs

  • Veronica Bray
  • Matthew Chojnacki
  • Colin Dundas
  • Jennifer Fernando
  • Lazslo Keszthelyi
  • Elizabeth Turtle
  • Marion Masse
  • Chris Okubo
  • Livio Tornabene

Current Staff Scientists

  • Veronica Bray

Former Staff Scientists

  • Matt Chojnacki

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author search: Alfred S. McEwen

Recent refereed publications: Years 2019 through 2020

Park, Ryan S., Riedel, Joseph E., Ermakov, Anton I., Roa, Javier, Castillo-Rogez, Julie, Davies, Ashley G., McEwen, Alfred S., & Watkins, Michael M. 2020, Planetary and Space Science. Advanced Pointing Imaging Camera (APIC) for planetary science and mission opportunities

Golombek, M., Williams, N., Warner, N. H., Parker, T., Williams, M. G., Daubar, I., Calef, F., Grant, J., Bailey, P., Abarca, H., Deen, R., Ruoff, N., Maki, J., McEwen, A., Baugh, N., Block, K., Tamppari, L., Call, J., Ladewig, J., Stoltz, A., Weems, W. A., Mora-Sotomayor, L., Torres, J., Johnson, M., Kennedy, T., & Sklyanskiy, E. 2020, Earth and Space Science. Location and Setting of the Mars InSight Lander, Instruments, and Landing Site

Munaretto, G., Pajola, M., Cremonese, G., Re, C., Lucchetti, A., Simioni, E., McEwen, A. S., Pommerol, A., Becerra, P., Conway, S. J., Thomas, N., & Massironi, M. 2020, Planetary and Space Science. Implications for the origin and evolution of Martian Recurring Slope Lineae at Hale crater from CaSSIS observations

Daubar, I. J., Lognonné, P., Teanby, N. A., Collins, G. S., Clinton, J., Stähler, S., Spiga, A., Karakostas, F., Ceylan, S., Malin, M., McEwen, A. S., Maguire, R., Charalambous, C., Onodera, K., Lucas, A., Rolland, L., Vaubaillon, J., Kawamura, T., Böse, M., Horleston, A., van Driel, M., Stevanović, J., Miljković, K., Fernando, B., Huang, Q., Giardini, D., Larmat, C. S., Leng, K., Rajšić, A., Schmerr, N., Wójcicka, N., Pike, T., Wookey, J., Rodriguez, S., Garcia, R., Banks, M. E., Margerin, L., Posiolova, L., & Banerdt, B. 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). A New Crater Near InSight: Implications for Seismic Impact Detectability on Mars

Thomas, M. F., McEwen, A. S., & Dundas, C. M. 2020, Icarus. Present-day mass wasting in sulfate-rich sediments in the equatorial regions of Mars

Perrin, C., Rodriguez, S., Jacob, A., Lucas, A., Spiga, A., Murdoch, N., Lorenz, R., Daubar, I. J., Pan, L., Kawamura, T., Lognonné, P., Banfield, D., Banks, M. E., Garcia, R. F., Newman, C. E., Ohja, L., Widmer-Schnidrig, R., McEwen, A. S., & Banerdt, W. B. 2020, Geophysical Research Letters. Monitoring of Dust Devil Tracks Around the InSight Landing Site, Mars, and Comparison With In Situ Atmospheric Data

Wang, Alian, Ling, Zongcheng, Yan, Yuanchao, McEwen, Alfred S., Mellon, Michael T., Smith, Michael D., Jolliff, Bradley L., & Head, James 2019, Icarus. Subsurface Cl-bearing salts as potential contributors to recurring slope lineae (RSL) on Mars

Bart, Gwendolyn D., Daubar, Ingrid J., Ivanov, Boris A., Dundas, Colin M., & McEwen, Alfred S. 2019, Icarus. Dark halos produced by current impact cratering on Mars

Schaefer, E. I., McEwen, A. S., & Sutton, S. S. 2019, Icarus. A case study of recurring slope lineae (RSL) at Tivat crater: Implications for RSL origins

Dundas, C. M., McEwen, Alfred S., Diniega, S., Hansen, C. J., Byrne, S., & McElwaine, J. N. 2019, Geological Society of London Special Publications. The formation of gullies on Mars today

Hendrix, Amanda R., Hurford, Terry A., Barge, Laura M., Bland, Michael T., Bowman, Jeff S., Brinckerhoff, William, Buratti, Bonnie J., Cable, Morgan L., Castillo-Rogez, Julie, Collins, Geoffrey C., Diniega, Serina, German, Christopher R., Hayes, Alexander G., Hoehler, Tori, Hosseini, Sona, Howett, Carly J. A., McEwen, Alfred S., Neish, Catherine D., Neveu, Marc, Nordheim, Tom A., Patterson, G. Wesley, Patthoff, D. Alex, Phillips, Cynthia, Rhoden, Alyssa, Schmidt, Britney E., Singer, Kelsi N., Soderblom, Jason M., & Vance, Steven D. 2019, Astrobiology. The NASA Roadmap to Ocean Worlds

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