PTYS/LPL Postdocs

Kuiper 235D


Adrien Broquet

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. Planetary Geophysics, 2020, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur

Planetary Geophysics

My scientific interest encompasses various aspects of Planetary geophysics. More specifically, I enjoy studying large-scale physical processes with geologic implications, from lithospheric compensation mechanisms, thermal evolution models, to the spatio-temporal variation of the magnetic field. 

I recently defended my Ph.D. thesis (2017 – Oct. 2020, English manuscript link, slides link), which main objective is to characterize the composition, elastic and thermo-mechanical properties of the Martian lithosphere using orbital data. My thesis was done at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (Nice, France), under the supervision of Mark Wieczorek, and as a member of the research group Théories et Observations en Planétologie. Collaborator of NASA's InSight Mission, I also participate in the analysis and interpretation of the collected data.

Deeply attached to the transmission of knowledge, I was a teaching assistant at the Department of Earth, Environment & Space of the Université de Nice Côte d'Azur, where I contributed to the following undergraduate courses: Planetology, Mineralogy, Stratigraphy & Paleontology, Sedimentology, Magmatism & Metamorphism, Mass wasting & risks, Fieldworks (Alps). I also gave lectures to middle school students, and attended to several public outreach events where I talk about geology and geophysics in the solar system.

I am now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona working with Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna on Hesperian volcanism on Mars.

Advisor(s): Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna

Upper mantle structure of Mars from InSight seismic data (2021)
Khan A., Ceylan S., van Driel M., Giardini D., Lognonné P., Samuel H., Schmerr N. C., Stähler S. C., Duran A. C., Huang Q., Kim D., Broquet A., Charalambous C., Clinton J. F., Davis P. M., Drilleau M., Karakostas F., Lekic V., McLennan S. C., Maguire R. R., Michaut C., Panning M. P., Pike W. T., Pinot B., Plasman M., Scholz J.-R., Widmer-Schnidrig R., Spohn T., Smrekar S. E. and Banerdt W. B., Science, doi:

Thickness and structure of the martian crust from InSight seismic data (2021)
Knapmeyer-Endrun B., Panning M. P., Bissig F., Joshi R., Khan A., Kim D., Lekić V., Tauzin B., Tharimena S., Plasman M., Compaire N., Garcia R. F., Margerin L., Schimmel M., Stutzmann E., Schmerr N., Bozdağ E., Plesa A.-C., Wieczorek M. A., Broquet A., Antonangeli D., McLennan S. M., Samuel H., Michaut C., Pan L., Smrekar S. E., Johnson C. L., Brinkman N., Mittelholz A., Rivoldini A., Davis P. M., Lognonné P., Pinot B., Scholz J.-R., Stähler S., Knapmeyer M., van Driel M., Giardini D. and Banerdt W. B, Science, doi:

The composition of the south polar cap of Mars derived from orbital data (2021)
A. Broquet, M. A. Wieczorek, and W. Fa, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, doi:

Flexure of the lithosphere beneath the north polar cap of Mars: Implications for ice composition and heat flow (2020)
A. Broquet, M. A. Wieczorek, and W. Fa, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:

The Gravitational signature of Martian volcanoes (2019)
A. Broquet, and M. A. Wieczorek, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, doi:


Plume-induced flood basalts on Hesperian Mars: An investigation of Hesperia Planum. A. Broquet, J. C. Andrews-Hanna, Lunar Planet. Sci. 52, Abstract #1893 (2021). Link
Constraints on the thermal state of Mars from orbital data. A. Broquet, A.-C. Plesa C. Michaut, and M. A. Wieczorek, Lunar Planet. Sci. 51, Abstract #2064, (2020). Link
Composition of the Martian polar caps and planetary heat flow. A. Broquet, M. A. Wieczorek, and W. Fa, Lunar Planet. Sci. 51, Abstract #1838, (2020). Link
Geodynamic state of the lithosphere beneath the northern polar cap of Mars. A. Broquet, M. A. Wieczorek, and W. Fa, Lunar Planet. Sci. 50, Abstract #1892, (2019). Link
Gravitational signature of Martian volcanoes. A. Broquet, and M. A. Wieczorek, Lunar Planet. Sci. 49, Abstract #1859, (2018). Link

Last updated on October 19, 2021