Veronica Bray

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Veronica Bray (She/Her)

Associate Research Professor

Ph.D., 2008, Imperial College London

Years with LPL: 2008-present

Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Surfaces, Impact Cratering and Mission Operations

Dr. Veronica Bray is Planetary Scientist and Spacecraft Science Operations Engineer at the University of Arizona. Dr Bray's past and current research projects focus on impact cratering, channel formation, fracturing and landscape evolution on a variety of planetary bodies - both rocky and icy.  She uses observations at multiple wavelengths, computer modeling, terrestrial fieldwork and theoretical analysis to study the surface processes themselves and also the surface/sub-surface properties of planetary bodies. 

Please note I am not planning to accept new graduate students in 2024-2025. You can find opportunities being advertised with other LPL faculty here: Current Research Opportunities.


Current Spacecraft Involvement

  • New Horizons - Science Team Member.
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LROC) - PSP Targeting Action Team and Science Team Member. 
  • High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) - Spacecraft Operations Engineer and Science Team Member.

Former Spacecraft Involvement

Cassini - Associate Science Team Member.

Student Collaborations/Advising

Robin Van Auken - Graduate (Advisor)

Reed Spurling - Undergraduate (Collaborator)

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author search: Veronica Bray

Recent refereed publications (NASA ADS): Years 2019 through 2024

Bland, Michael T. & Bray, Veronica J. 2024, Icarus. The inevitability of large shallow craters on Callisto and Ganymede: Implications for crater depth-diameter trends

Bray, V. J., Schenk, P. M., Melosh, H. J., Morgan, J. V., & Collins, G. S. 2024, Icarus. Corrigendum to "Ganymede crater dimensions - Implications for central peak and central pit formation and development" [Icarus (2012) 115-129]

Rae, A. S. P. and V. J. Bray (In Review). Impact Effects on Target Geology. In Impact Cratering Across the Solar System, Elsevier, edited by Catherine Neish, Veronica Bray and Gordon Osinski. 

Hedgepeth, Joshua E., Neish, Catherine D., & Bray, Veronica J. 2023, The Planetary Science Journal. Impact Crater Morphometry on Pluto: Implications for Surface Composition and Evolution

McEwen, A., Byrne, S., Hanson, C., & HiRISE Team 2023, LPI Contributions. The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) in the MRO Extended Science Phases (2009-2022)

Nicholson, Uisdean, Bray, Veronica J., Gulick, Sean P. S., & Aduomahor, Benedict 2022, Science Advances. The Nadir Crater offshore West Africa: A candidate Cretaceous-Paleogene impact structure

Bray, V. J., Hagerty, J. J., & Collins, G. S. 2022, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. "False peak" creation in the Flynn Creek marine target impact crater

Singer, Kelsi N., White, Oliver L., Schmitt, Bernard, Rader, Erika L., Protopapa, Silvia, Grundy, William M., Cruikshank, Dale P., Bertrand, Tanguy, Schenk, Paul M., McKinnon, William B., Stern, S. Alan, Dhingra, Rajani D., Runyon, Kirby D., Beyer, Ross A., Bray, Veronica J., Ore, Cristina Dalle, Spencer, John R., Moore, Jeffrey M., Nimmo, Francis, Keane, James T., Young, Leslie A., Olkin, Catherine B., Lauer, Tod R., Weaver, Harold A., & Ennico-Smith, Kimberly 2022, Nature Communications. Large-scale cryovolcanic resurfacing on Pluto

Marusiak, A. G., Schmerr, N. C., Pettit, E. C., Avenson, B., Bailey, S. H., Bray, V. J., Dahl, P., DellaGiustina, D. N., Wagner, N., & Weber, R. C. 2022, Earth and Space Science. The Detection of Seismicity on Icy Ocean Worlds by Single-Station and Small-Aperture Seismometer Arrays

Schenk, P., Castillo-Rogez, J., Otto, K. A., Marchi, S., O'Brien, D., Bland, M., Hughson, K., Schmidt, B., Scully, J., Buczkowski, D., Krohn, K., Hoogenboom, T., Kramer, G., Bray, V., Neesemann, A., Hiesinger, H., Platz, T., De Sanctis, M. C., Schroeder, S., Le Corre, L., McFadden, L., Sykes, M., Raymond, C., & Russell, C. T. 2021, Icarus. Compositional control on impact crater formation on mid-sized planetary bodies: Dawn at Ceres and Vesta, Cassini at Saturn

Robbins, Stuart J., Schenk, Paul M., Riggs, Jamie D., Parker, Alex H., Bray, Veronica J., Beddingfield, Chloe B., Beyer, Ross A., Verbiscer, Anne J., Binzel, Richard, & Runyon, Kirby D. 2021, Icarus. Depths of Pluto's and Charon's craters, and their simple-to-complex transition

Buie, M. W., Hofgartner, J. D., Bray, V. J., & Lellouch, E. 2021, The Pluto System After New Horizons. Future Exploration of the Pluto System

Singer, K. N., Greenstreet, S., Schenk, P. M., Robbins, S. J., & Bray, V. J. 2021, The Pluto System After New Horizons. Impact Craters on Pluto and Charon and Terrain Age Estimates

Hurford, T. A., Henning, W. G., Maguire, R., Lekic, V., Schmerr, N., Panning, M., Bray, V. J., Manga, M., Kattenhorn, S. A., Quick, L. C., & Rhoden, A. R. 2020, Icarus. Seismicity on tidally active solid-surface worlds

Spencer, J. R., Stern, S. A., Moore, J. M., Weaver, H. A., Singer, K. N., Olkin, C. B., Verbiscer, A. J., McKinnon, W. B., Parker, J. Wm., Beyer, R. A., Keane, J. T., Lauer, T. R., Porter, S. B., White, O. L., Buratti, B. J., El-Maarry, M. R., Lisse, C. M., Parker, A. H., Throop, H. B., Robbins, S. J., Umurhan, O. M., Binzel, R. P., Britt, D. T., Buie, M. W., Cheng, A. F., Cruikshank, D. P., Elliott, H. A., Gladstone, G. R., Grundy, W. M., Hill, M. E., Horanyi, M., Jennings, D. E., Kavelaars, J. J., Linscott, I. R., McComas, D. J., McNutt, R. L., Protopapa, S., Reuter, D. C., Schenk, P. M., Showalter, M. R., Young, L. A., Zangari, A. M., Abedin, A. Y., Beddingfield, C. B., Benecchi, S. D., Bernardoni, E., Bierson, C. J., Borncamp, D., Bray, V. J., Chaikin, A. L., Dhingra, R. D., Fuentes, C., Fuse, T., Gay, P. L., Gwyn, S. D. J., Hamilton, D. P., Hofgartner, J. D., Holman, M. J., Howard, A. D., Howett, C. J. A., Karoji, H., Kaufmann, D. E., Kinczyk, M., May, B. H., Mountain, M., Pätzold, M., Petit, J. M., Piquette, M. R., Reid, I. N., Reitsema, H. J., Runyon, K. D., Sheppard, S. S., Stansberry, J. A., Stryk, T., Tanga, P., Tholen, D. J., Trilling, D. E., & Wasserman, L. H. 2020, Science. The geology and geophysics of Kuiper Belt object (486958) Arrokoth

Beddingfield, Chloe B., Beyer, Ross A., Singer, Kelsi N., McKinnon, William B., Runyon, Kirby, Grundy, Will, Stern, S. Alan, Bray, Veronica, Dhingra, Rajani, Moore, Jeffrey M., Ennico, K., Olkin, C. B., Schenk, Paul, Spencer, John R., Weaver, H. A., Young, L. A., & New Horizons Team 2020, Icarus. Landslides on Charon

Cruikshank, D. P., Materese, C. K., Pendleton, Y. J., Boston, P. J., Grundy, W. M., Schmitt, B., Lisse, C. M., Runyon, K. D., Keane, J. T., Beyer, R. A., Summers, M. E., Scipioni, F., Stern, S. A., Dalle Ore, C. M., Olkin, C. B., Young, L. A., Ennico, K., Weaver, H. A., & Bray, V. J. 2019, Astrobiology. Prebiotic Chemistry of Pluto

Stern, S. A., Weaver, H. A., Spencer, J. R., Olkin, C. B., Gladstone, G. R., Grundy, W. M., Moore, J. M., Cruikshank, D. P., Elliott, H. A., McKinnon, W. B., Parker, J. Wm., Verbiscer, A. J., Young, L. A., Aguilar, D. A., Albers, J. M., Andert, T., Andrews, J. P., Bagenal, F., Banks, M. E., Bauer, B. A., Bauman, J. A., Bechtold, K. E., Beddingfield, C. B., Behrooz, N., Beisser, K. B., Benecchi, S. D., Bernardoni, E., Beyer, R. A., Bhaskaran, S., Bierson, C. J., Binzel, R. P., Birath, E. M., Bird, M. K., Boone, D. R., Bowman, A. F., Bray, V. J., Britt, D. T., Brown, L. E., Buckley, M. R., Buie, M. W., Buratti, B. J., Burke, L. M., Bushman, S. S., Carcich, B., Chaikin, A. L., Chavez, C. L., Cheng, A. F., Colwell, E. J., Conard, S. J., Conner, M. P., Conrad, C. A., Cook, J. C., Cooper, S. B., Custodio, O. S., Dalle Ore, C. M., Deboy, C. C., Dharmavaram, P., Dhingra, R. D., Dunn, G. F., Earle, A. M., Egan, A. F., Eisig, J., El-Maarry, M. R., Engelbrecht, C., Enke, B. L., Ercol, C. J., Fattig, E. D., Ferrell, C. L., Finley, T. J., Firer, J., Fischetti, J., Folkner, W. M., Fosbury, M. N., Fountain, G. H., Freeze, J. M., Gabasova, L., Glaze, L. S., Green, J. L., Griffith, G. A., Guo, Y., Hahn, M., Hals, D. W., Hamilton, D. P., Hamilton, S. A., Hanley, J. J., Harch, A., Harmon, K. A., Hart, H. M., Hayes, J., Hersman, C. B., Hill, M. E., Hill, T. A., Hofgartner, J. D., Holdridge, M. E., Horányi, M., Hosadurga, A., Howard, A. D., Howett, C. J. A., Jaskulek, S. E., Jennings, D. E., Jensen, J. R., Jones, M. R., Kang, H. K., Katz, D. J., Kaufmann, D. E., Kavelaars, J. J., Keane, J. T., Keleher, G. P., Kinczyk, M., Kochte, M. C., Kollmann, P., Krimigis, S. M., Kruizinga, G. L., Kusnierkiewicz, D. Y., Lahr, M. S., Lauer, T. R., Lawrence, G. B., Lee, J. E., Lessac-Chenen, E. J., Linscott, I. R., Lisse, C. M., Lunsford, A. W., Mages, D. M., Mallder, V. A., Martin, N. P., May, B. H., McComas, D. J., McNutt, R. L., Mehoke, D. S., Mehoke, T. S., Nelson, D. S., Nguyen, H. D., Núñez, J. I., Ocampo, A. C., Owen, W. M., Oxton, G. K., Parker, A. H., Pätzold, M., Pelgrift, J. Y., Pelletier, F. J., Pineau, J. P., Piquette, M. R., Porter, S. B., Protopapa, S., Quirico, E., Redfern, J. A., Regiec, A. L., Reitsema, H. J., Reuter, D. C., Richardson, D. C., Riedel, J. E., Ritterbush, M. A., Robbins, S. J., Rodgers, D. J., Rogers, G. D., Rose, D. M., Rosendall, P. E., Runyon, K. D., Ryschkewitsch, M. G., Saina, M. M., Salinas, M. J., Schenk, P. M., Scherrer, J. R., Schlei, W. R., Schmitt, B., Schultz, D. J., Schurr, D. C., Scipioni, F., Sepan, R. L., Shelton, R. G., Showalter, M. R., Simon, M., Singer, K. N., Stahlheber, E. W., Stanbridge, D. R., Stansberry, J. A., Steffl, A. J., Strobel, D. F., Stothoff, M. M., Stryk, T., Stuart, J. R., Summers, M. E., Tapley, M. B., Taylor, A., Taylor, H. W., Tedford, R. M., Throop, H. B., Turner, L. S., Umurhan, O. M., Van Eck, J., Velez, D., Versteeg, M. H., Vincent, M. A., Webbert, R. W., Weidner, S. E., Weigle, G. E., Wendel, J. R., White, O. L., Whittenburg, K. E., Williams, B. G., Williams, K. E., Williams, S. P., Winters, H. L., Zangari, A. M., & Zurbuchen, T. H. 2019, Science. Initial results from the New Horizons exploration of 2014 MU<SUB>69</SUB>, a small Kuiper Belt object

Singer, K. N., McKinnon, W. B., Gladman, B., Greenstreet, S., Bierhaus, E. B., Stern, S. A., Parker, A. H., Robbins, S. J., Schenk, P. M., Grundy, W. M., Bray, V. J., Beyer, R. A., Binzel, R. P., Weaver, H. A., Young, L. A., Spencer, J. R., Kavelaars, J. J., Moore, J. M., Zangari, A. M., Olkin, C. B., Lauer, T. R., Lisse, C. M., Ennico, K., New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Science Theme Team, New Horizons Surface Composition Science Theme Team, & New Horizons Ralph and LORRI Teams 2019, Science. Impact craters on Pluto and Charon indicate a deficit of small Kuiper belt objects

Robbins, Stuart J., Beyer, Ross A., Spencer, John R., Grundy, William M., White, Oliver L., Singer, Kelsi N., Moore, Jeffrey M., Dalle Ore, Cristina M., McKinnon, William B., Lisse, Carey M., Runyon, Kirby, Beddingfield, Chloe B., Schenk, Paul, Umurhan, Orkan M., Cruikshank, Dale P., Lauer, Tod R., Bray, Veronica J., Binzel, Richard P., Buie, Marc W., Buratti, Bonnie J., Cheng, Andrew F., Linscott, Ivan R., Reuter, Dennis C., Showalter, Mark R., Young, Leslie A., Olkin, Catherine B., Ennico, Kimberly S., Weaver, Harold A., & Stern, S. Alan 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Geologic Landforms and Chronostratigraphic History of Charon as Revealed by a Hemispheric Geologic Map

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2024 PTYS/ASTR/GEOS 214-001 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 D2L

View LPL Evening Lecture from October 11, 2016, Getting to Know Pluto

View LPL Evening Lecture from October 13, 2015, Pluto - Up Close and Personal

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