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Title of Presentation
Outer Planets
Research Interests
  Depths of Saturn and Jupiter Revealed by Modern Spacecraft
Planetary Atmospheres

Co-Investigator, PFS and VIRTIS on Venus Express
Cassini /VIMS Science Team Member
Galileo/NIMS Co-Investigator
Galileo/NIMS Venus/Earth/Jupiter Atmospheric Science Coordinator
Probing Our Local Dust Disk with Transneptunian Multiples
Solar System Archaeology
Kuiper Belt Binaries and Multiples
Observations of Kuiper Belt
Kuiper Belt Object Colors
Kuiper Belt Surveys

Dr. Michael Bland

Washington University
(St. Louis, MO

The Tectonic and Thermal Evolution of Icy Satellites
The Geophysical Evolution of Ganymede
Use of numerical modeling to understand the geophysical evolution of icy satellites. 
Modeling the deformation of ice lithospheres and the formation of satellite surface features, the thermal evolution of icy satellites, and the production of Ganymede's magnetic field.
Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Pasadena, CA)
Oddballs in Outer Space: The Icy Moons of Saturn
Exploring Pluto
The nature of the moons of the giant planets, especially Iapetus and Enceladus.
Dr. Matthew Burger

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
and University of Maryland
(Baltimore, MD)
The Atmospheres of Objects without Atmospheres
Studies of X's Exosphere
Tenuous Atmospheres

Moons of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn
Interactions of atmospheres and surfaces with planetary magnetospheres and the solar wind
Julie Castillo

castillo photo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Pasadena, CA)
Laboratory work on ices with application to outer planet satellites
Theoretical modeling of the geophysical and dynamical evolution of small outer planet satellites
Laboratory measurements of ice properties
Icy satellite geophysics and dynamics
Outer Solar system early chronology
David Choi

choi photo
ORAU/Goddard Space Flight Center
(Greenbelt, MD)
Meteorology of Outer Planet Atmospheres Revealed Through Automated Cloud-Feature Tracking
Atmospheric dynamics and structure of time-variable phenomena in giant planet atmospheres
Kate Craft

dalton photo
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Blacksburg, VA)
Sill Emplacement in Europa's Ice Shell
Fracturing and sill emplacement within Europa's icy shell
Hydrothermal activity at Europa's crust-ocean interface
Europa's habitability
Brad Dalton

dalton photo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Pasadena, CA)
Surface Composition of Europa: Salts and Acids
Organic Material on Saturn's Chaotic Moon, Hyperion
Icy Satellite Surface Chemistry and Composition
Cryogenic Laboratory Spectroscopy
Imaging Spectroscopy of Planetary Surfaces
Formation and Evolution of Planetary Surfaces
Remote Sensing
Mineralogy of Mars
Anna DeJong

dejong photo
Southwest Research Institute
(San Antonio, TX)

The Near Saturn Space Environment: What we've learned from Cassini
The Near Jupiter Space Environment: What we hope to learn from Juno
Magnetospheres of Outer Planets
Plasma (ions and electrons) in Saturn's Inner Magnetosphere
Periodicity of the Saturnian Magnetosphere
Murthy Gudipati

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Pasadena, CA)

Chemistry of / in Ices in the Universe

Spectroscopy of Ices from VUV – to - FIR
Evolution of Ices in the Universe.
Physics and chemistry of cryogenic ices.
    Kevin Hand

    hand photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Magnetic Field Interactions at Europa
    Searching for a Second Origin
    Habitability of icy worlds
    Magnetic field interactions
    Laboratory experiments of radiolytic chemistry
    Life detection
    Amanda Hendrix

    hendrix photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Cassini visits the Moons of Saturn

    The Galilean Satellites of Jupiter: A Mini Solar System



    Solar system surfaces (Galilean satellites, saturnine satellites, Earth's moon and asteroids).
    Ultraviolet Spectroscopy


    Mark Hofstadter

    hofstadter photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
      Exploring Weather and Seasons on Uranus
    Use of Radio Telescopes to study atmospheres of planets.
    Sarah Hörst

    hendrix photo
    University of Colorado
    (Boulder, CO)
    The Origin of Oxygen Species in Titan's Atmosphere

    Do the Building Blocks of Life Exist in Titan’s Atmosphere?



    Chemistry in Titan's atmosphere using photochemical modeling and laboratory experiments.
    Rosaly Lopes

    lopes photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    The Surface of Titan: Results from Cassini-Huygens
    Jupiter's Moon Io,
    a World of Great Volcanoes
    Planetary geology, cryovolcanism, NIMS (Near-Infrared mapping Spectrometer).
    Ralph Lorenz

    lopes photo
    JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
    (Laurel, MD)
    Titan Unveiled
    Descent into the Unknown - The Huygens Probe
    Titan (all aspects of Titan science, but especially climate, weather
    and landscape).
    Icy Satellite Geology and Geophysics.
    Engineering and mission design of spacecraft, instrumentation and
    in-situ planetary exploration vehicles  (balloons, penetrators, etc.).
    Melissa McGrath

    mcgrath photo
    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    (Huntsville, AL)
    Jovian satellite atmospheres
    Planetary and satellite aurora
    To be supplied.
    Karl Mitchell

    mitchell photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    The Lakes of Titan
    Outer satellite volcanism
    Cryovolcanism Titan geology
    Titan hydrology
    Catherine Neish

    neish photo
    The Johns Hopkins University
    Applied Physics Laboratory
    (Laurel, MD)
    Life on Ice: Astrobiology in the Outer Solar System
    Titan: Earth in the Freezer Aisle?
    Prebiotic chemistry
    Geology of outer planet satellites
    Bob Pappalardo

    pappalardo photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Diapir-induced cryvolcanism on Enceladus
    Europa Fractures Patterns
    Icy regions on outer planetary worlds such as Europa and Enceladus.
    Darin Ragozzine

    ragozzine photo
    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    (Cambridge, MA)
    The Informative Dwarf Planet Haumea
    Outer Solar System Formation from Binaries and Families
    Formation of the Kuiper Belt and the Outer Solar System
    Orbital dynamics of Kuiper Belt Objects

    Binaries/Satellites in the Kuiper Belt

    Collisional Families in the Kuiper Belt

    The Dwarf Planet Haumea

    Trina Ray

    ray photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Mysterious Titan: Exploring the Largest Moon of Saturn
    Voyager – 12,396 Days and Still Going
    Titan Science Planning and Science Operations
    Kunio Sayanagi

    sayanagi photo
    California Institute of Technology
    (Pasadena, CA)

    Formation and Maintenence of Jets in Gas Giant Atmospheres

    Cassini Observations of Saturn's North Polar Hexagon
    Atmospheric Dynamics of gas-giant planets through spacecraft observation and numerical modeling.
    Formation and maintenance mechanisms of the atmospheric jetstreams on Jupiter and Saturn.


    Paul Schenk

    schenk photo
    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    (Houston, TX)
    Galileo's Discoveries at Jupiter:  400 years of Mapping the Medician Moons.
    Geology of Icy Satellites (jovian, saturnian, uranian, neptunian).
    Stereo and topographic mapping of icy satellites, impact cratering, polar wander, volcanism.

    Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009).

    Britney E. Schmidt

    schmidt photo
    University of Texas
    at Austin
    Institute for Geophysics
    (Austin, TX)
    Europa in Our Backyard: Terrestrial Analogs for an Icy World
    Astrobiology in the Asteroid Belt?
    Habitability and Geophysics of Europa
    Earth Analogs for Icy Moons
    Ice in the Asteroid Belt & Early Solar System
    DAWN Mission E/PO Science Liaison
    Mark Showalter

    SETI Institute
    (Mountain View, CA)
    Saturn's Restless Rings: Latest Results from Cassini

    The dynamics of rings and small moons orbiting the giant planets.

    Amy Simon-Miller

    simon-miller photo
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    (Greenbelt, MD)
    Galileo: The Little Mission that Could
    How NASA Missions Get Chosen
    Science Definition teams for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter, Enceladus Flagship, Titan Saturn System Flagship, Europa Jupiter System Flagship
    Jason Soderblom

    soderblom photo
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    (Cambridge, MA)
    Exploring Titan's Hydrocarbon Lakes and Seas
    Surfaces of icy worlds, with a particular focus on the influence of Titan's atmosphere on its surface.
    Design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions.
    Steve Vance

    Vance photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Deep Cold Biospheres
    Equations of State for Icy World Interiors
    Habitability of icy world interiors.
    Chemistry and physics of fluids under icy world ocean pressures and temperatures.
    Ashwin Vasaveda

    vasaveda photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
      Gas Giants, Wild Weather, and Two Spectacular Spacecraft
    Atmospheric dynamics, structure, lightning, and aurora on Jupiter and Saturn as observed by the Galileo and Cassini spacecraft.
    Robert West

    west photo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (Pasadena, CA)
    Giant Planet Atmospheres: Thermal Structure and Aerosols
    Haze and Clouds in the Titan Atmosphere
    Remote sensing of outer worlds.
    Investigations of scattering properties of nonspherical and inhomogeneous aerosol particles.
    Microphysical processes for aerosols.
    Use of aerosol particles and trace chemical species as tracers of atmospheric motion.
    Mike Wong

    vasaveda photo
    Astronomy Department
    University of California, Berkeley
    Red Spot Jr., Jupiter's Upheaval
    Outer Planet Volatile Abundances

    Outer Planetary Volatile Gases

    Dynamics and cloud formation
    Static stability
    Moist convection
    Atmospheric composition
    Icy planetesimals and planet formation
    Mass spectroscopy


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