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William "Bruce" Banerdt

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Address:

4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 321-B60
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone:

818.354.5413

Fax:

818.393.5421

Member of:

Planetary Science

InSight Principal Investigator, Principal Research Scientist

Education

  • B.S. in Physics (cum laude, University of Southern California (1975)
  • Pennsylvania State University (1975-1977)
  • Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (1983)

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1983-present)

  • Principal Investigator, InSight Project
  • Project Scientist, Mars Exploration Rover Project
  • Co-Investigator, ExoMars SEIS (Seismometer) Investigation
  • Co-Investigator, Rosetta SESAME (Surface Electrical, Seismic and Acoustic Monitoring Experiment) Team
  • Participating Scientist, Mars Global Surveyor MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) Investigation(1992-2006)
  • NRC Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Mars Priority Program Review Board
  • Principal Investigator, Discovery Mars NetLander Project
  • Principal Investigator, NetLander Short-Period Seismometer
  • Guest Investigator, Magellan Radar Investigation Team
  • Chair, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program Review Panel
  • Professeur Invité, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Research Interests

  • Formation and evolution of Mars
  • Geophysical studies of Mars, Moon, Venus, Mercury, and outer planet satellites
  • Deformation of planetary surfaces
  • Planetary interior structure and processes
  • Gravity analyses
  • Planetary seismology

Selected Awards

  • NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal (2019)
  • JPL Magellan Award (2014, 2018)
  • JPL People Leadership Award (2016)
  • ACLU Standing Up for Civil Liberties Award (2009)
  • JPL Award for Excellence (2002)
  • Editor's Award for Excellence, Journal of Geophysical Research (1990)
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards
    •       InSight SEIS Delivery Team (2018)
    •       MER Rover Science and Operations Team (2014)
    •       MER Extended Missions 3 and 4 Team (2008)
    •       MGS Extended Mission Operations Team (2006)
    •       MGS Science Operations Team (2000)
    •       MGS MOLA Team (2000)
    •       MGS GDS Development Team (1997)
    •       MGS Payload Development Team (1997)
    •       Mars Observer MOS Design (1993)
    •       Magellan Science Group (1992)

Selected Publications

  1. Golombek, M. P., W. B. Banerdt, K. L. Tanaka, and D. M. Tralli, A prediction of Mars seismicity from surface faulting, Science, 258, 979-981, 1992.
  2. Banerdt, W. B., G. E. McGill, and M. T. Zuber, Plains tectonics on Venus, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer, D. M. Hunten, and R. J. Phillips, eds., University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona, 901-930, 1997.
  3. Sjogren, W. L., W. B. Banerdt, P. W. Chodas, A. S. Konopliv, G. Balmino, J. P. Barriot, T. R. Colvin, M. E. Davies, and J. Arkani–Hamed, The Venus gravity field and other geodetic parameters, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer, D. M. Hunten, and R. J. Phillips, eds., University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona, 1125-1162, 1997.
  4. Hansen, V., J. Willis, and W. B. Banerdt, An Overview of Venus Tectonics, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer, D. M. Hunten, and R. J. Phillips, eds., University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona, 797-844, 1997.
  5. Zuber, M. T., S. C. Solomon, R. J. Phillips, D. E. Smith, G. L. Tyler, O. Aharonson, G. Balmino, W. B. Banerdt, J. W. Head, C. L. Johnson, F. G. Lemoine, P.J. McGovern, G. A. Neumann, D. D. Rowlands, and S. Zhong, Internal structure and early thermal evolution of Mars from Mars Global Surveyor topography and gravity, Science, 287, 1788-1793, 2000.
  6. Solomon, S.C., O. Aharonson, J.M. Aurnou, W.B. Banerdt, M.H. Carr, A.J. Dombard, H.V. Frey, M.P. Golombek, S.A. Hauck, II, J.W. Head, III, B.M. Jakosky, C.L. Johnson, P.J. McGovern, G.A. Neumann, R.J. Phillips, D.E. Smith, M.T. Zuber, New Perspectives on Ancient Mars, Science, 307, 1214-1220, 2005.
  7. Searls, M. L., W. B. Banerdt, and R. J. Phillips, Utopia and Hellas basins, Mars: Twins separated at birth, Geophys. Res., 111, E08005, 2006, DOI: 10.1029/2005JE002666.
  8. Banerdt, W. B., T. Chui, C. E. Griggs, E. T. Herrin, Y. Nakamura, H. J. Paik, K. Penanen, D. Rosenbaum, V. L. Teplitz, J. Young, Using the Moon as a low-noise seismic detector for strange quark nuggets, Phys. B (Proc. Suppl.) 166, 203-208, 2007, DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2006.12.045.
  9. Andrews-Hanna, J. C., M. T. Zuber, and W. B. Banerdt, The Borealis Basin and the Martian crustal dichotomy, Nature, 453, 1212-1215, 2008.
  10. Banerdt, W. B., V. Dehant, R. Grimm, M. Grott, P. Lognonné, and S. Smrekar, Probing the Interiors of Planets with Geophysical Tools, in Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd ed., T. Spohn editor, Elsevier, 2014.
  11. Panning, M., E. Beucler, M. Drilleau, A. Mocquet, P. Lognonné, and W. B. Banerdt, Verifying single-station seismic approaches using Earth-based data: Preparation for data return from the InSight mission to Mars, Icarus, 248, 230-242, 2015.
  12. Khan, A, M. van Driel, M. Böse, D. Giardini, S. Ceylan, J. Yan, J. Clinton, F. Euchner, P. Lognonné, M. Panning, M. Knapmeyer, and W. B. Banerdt, Single-station and single-event marsquake location and inversion for structure using synthetic Martian waveforms, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 258, 28-42, 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pepi.2016.05.017.
  13. Böse, M., J. F. Clinton, S. Ceylan, F. Euchner, M. van Driel, A. Khan, D. Giardini, P. Lognonné and W. B. Banerdt, A probabilistic framework for single-station location of seismicity on Earth and Mars, Earth Planet. Int., 262, 48–65, 2017, DOI:10.1016/j.pepi.2016.11.003
  14. Bozdağ, E., Y. Ruan, N. Metthez, A. Khan, K. Leng, M. van Driel, M. Wieczorek, A. Rivoldini, C. Larmat, D. Giardini, J. Tromp, P. Lognonné, and B. Banerdt, Simulations of seismic wave propagation on Mars, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0350-z
  15. Delage, P., F. Karakostas, A. Dhemaied, M. Belmokhtar, E. De Laure, J.-C. Dupla, Y. J. Cui, P. Lognonné, K. Hurst, M. Golombek, B. Banerdt, and S. Kedar, An investigation of the geotechnical properties of some Martian regolith simulants with respect to the surface properties at the InSight mission landing site, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0339-7
  16. Golombek, M., D. Kipp, N. Warner, I. J. Daubar, R. Fergason, R. Kirk, R. Beyer, A. Huertas, S. Piqueux, N. Putzig, B. A. Campbell, G. A. Morgan, C. Charalambous, W. T. Pike, K. Gwinner, F. Calef, D. Kass, M. Mischna, J. Ashley, C. Bloom, N. Wigton, C. Schwartz, H. Gengl, L. Redmond, J. Sweeney, E. Sklyanskiy, M. Lisano, J. Benardini, P. Lognonné, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt, Selection of the InSight landing site, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0321-9
  17. Kedar, S., J. Andrade, B. Banerdt, P. Delage, M. Golombek, M. Grott, T. Hudson, A. Kiely, M. Knapmeyer, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, C. Krause, T. Kawamura, P. Lognonné, T. Pike, Y. Ruan, T. Spohn, N. Teanby, J. Tromp, and J. Wookey, Analysis of regolith properties using seismic signals generated by InSight's HP3 penetrator, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0391-3
  18. Kenda, B., P. Lognonné, A. Spiga, T. Kawamura, S. Kedar, W. B. Banerdt, R. D. Lorenz, D. Banfield, and M. Golombek, Modeling of ground deformation and shallow surface waves generated by Martian dust devils and perspectives for near-surface structure inversion, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0378-0
  19. Mimoun, D., N. Murdoch, P. Lognonné, K. Hurst, T. Pike, J. Hurley, T. Nebut, and B. Banerdt, The Noise Model of the SEIS Seismometer of the InSight Mission to Mars, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0409-x
  20. Murdoch, N., B. Kenda, T. Kawamura, A. Spiga, P. Lognonné, D. Mimoun, and W. B. Banerdt, Estimations of the seismic pressure noise on Mars determined from Large Eddy Simulations and demonstration of pressure decorrelation techniques for the InSight mission, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-017-0343-y
  21. Murdoch, N., D. Mimoun, R.F. Garcia, W. Rapin, T. Kawamura, P. Lognonné, D. Banfield, and W. B. Banerdt, Evaluating the wind-induced mechanical noise on the InSight seismometers, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0311-y
  22. Panning, M. P., P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt, R. Garcia, M. Golombek, S. Kedar, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, A. Mocquet, N. A. Teanby, J. Tromp, R. Weber, E. Beucler, J.-F. Blanchette-Guertin, E. Bozdağ, M. Drilleau, T. Gudkova, S. Hempel, A. Khan, V. Lekić, N. Murdoch, A.-C. Plesa, A. Rivoldini, N. Schmerr, Y. Ruan, O. Verhoeven, C. Gao, U. Christensen, J. Clinton, V. Dehant, D. Giardini, D. Mimoun, W. T. Pike, S. Smrekar, M. Wieczorek, M. Knapmeyer, and J. Wookey, Planned products of the Mars Structure Service for the InSight mission to Mars, Space Sci. Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0317-5
  23. Bissig, F., A. Khan, M. van Driel, S. Stähler, D. Giardini, M. Panning, M. Drilleau, P. Lognonné, T. V. Gudkova, V. N. Zharkov, A.-C. Plesa, and W. B. Banerdt, On the detectability and use of normal modes for determining interior structure of Mars, Space Sci. Rev., 214:114, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0547-9.
  24. Böse, M., D. Giardini, S. Stähler, S. Ceylan, J. Clinton, M. van Driel, A. Khan, F. Euchner, P. Lognonné, and W. B. Banerdt, Magnitude scales for marsquakes, Seismol. Soc. Am, 108, 2764–2777, 2018, doi: 10.1785/0120180037.
  25. Clinton, J., D. Giardini, M. Böse, S. Ceylan, M. van Driel, F. Euchner, R. Garcia, S. Kedar, A. Khan, S. C. Stähler, B. Banerdt, P. Lognonné, E. Beucler, I. Daubar, M. Drilleau, M. Golombek, T. Kawamura, M. Knapmeyer, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, D. Mimoun, A. Mocquet, M. Panning, C. Perrin, and N. A. Teanby, The Marsquake Service: Securing daily analysis of SEIS data and building the Martian seismicity catalogue for InSight, Space Sci. Rev., 214:133, 2018. doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0567-5
  26. Daubar, I., P. Lognonné, N. A. Teanby, K. Miljkovic, J. Stevanović, J. Vaubaillon, B. Kenda, T. Kawamura, J. Clinton, A. Lucas, M. Drilleau, C. Yana, G. S. Collins, D. Banfield, M. Golombek, S. Kedar, N. Schmerr, R. Garcia, S. Rodriguez, T. Gudkova, S. May, M. Banks, J. Maki, E. Sansom, F. Karakostas, M. Panning, N. Fuji, J. Wookey, M. van Driel, M. Lemmon, V. Ansan, M. Böse, S. Stähler, H. Kanamori, J. Richardson, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt, Impact-Seismic Investigations of the InSight Mission, Space Sci. Rev., 214:132, 2018. doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0562-x
  27. Fayon, L., B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, P. Lognonné, M. Bierwirth, A. Kramer, P. Delage, F. Karakostas, S. Kedar, N. Murdoch, R. Garcia, N. Verdier, S. Tillier, W. T. Pike, K. Hurst, C. Schmelzbach, and W. B. Banerdt, A numerical model of the SEIS leveling system transfer matrix and resonances: Application to SEIS rotational seismology and dynamic ground interaction, Space Sci. Rev., 214:119, 2018. doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0555-9
  28. Golombek, M., M. Grott, G. Kargl, J. Andrade, J. Marshall, N. Warner, N. A. Teanby, V. Ansan, E. Hauber, J. Voigt, R. Lichtenheldt, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, I. J. Daubar, D. Kipp, N. Muller, P. Lognonné, C. Schmelzbach, D. Banfield, A. Trebi-Ollennu, J. Maki, S. Kedar, D. Mimoun, N. Murdoch, S. Piqueux, P. Delage, W. T. Pike, C. Charalambous, R. Lorenz, L. Fayon, S. Smrekar, T. Gudkova, R. Garcia, D. Giardini, U. Christensen, T. Nicollier, D. Sollberger, J. Robertsson, K. Ali, B. Kenda, and W. B. Banerdt, Geology and Physical Properties Investigations by the InSight Lander, Space Sci. Rev., 214:84, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11214-018-0512-7
  29. Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., N. Murdoch, B. Kenda, M. Golombek, M. Knapmeyer, L. Witte, N. Verdier, S. Kedar, P. Lognonné, and W. B. Banerdt, Influence of body waves, instrumentation resonances, and prior assumptions on Rayleigh wave ellipticity inversion for shallow structure at the InSight landing site, Space Sci. Rev., 214:94, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11214-018-0529-y
  30. Maki, J., M. Golombek, R. Deen, H. Abarca, C. Sorice, T. Goodsall, M. Schwochert, M. Lemmon, A. Trebi-Ollennu, and W. B. Banerdt, The Color Cameras on the InSight Lander, Space Sci. Rev., 214:105, 2018. doi 10.1007/s11214-018-0536-z
  31. Plesa, A. C., S. Padovan, N. Tosi, D. Breuer, M. Grott, M. A. Wieczorek, T. Spohn, S. E. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt, The thermal state and interior structure of Mars, Res. Lett., 45, 12,198–12, 209, 2018. htpps://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL080728
  32. Spiga, A., D. Banfield, N. A. Teanby, F. Forget, A. Lucas, B. Kenda, J. A. Rodriguez Manfredi, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, N. Murdoch, M. T. Lemmon, R. Garcia, L. Martire, O. Karatekin, S. LeMaistre, B. Van Hove, V. Dehant, P. Lognonné, N. Mueller, R. Lorenz, D. Mimoun, S. Rodriguez, E. Beucler, I. Daubar, M. P. Golombek, T. Bertrand, Y. Nishikawa, E. Millour, L. Rolland, Q. Brissaud, T. Kawamura, A. Mocquet, R. Martin, J. Clinton, E. Stutzmann, T. Spohn, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt, Atmospheric Science with InSight, Space Sci. Rev., 214:109, 2018. doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0543-0
  33. Spohn, T., M. Grott, S. E. Smrekar, J. Knollenberg, T. L. Hudson, C. Krause, N. Müller. J. Jänchen, A. Börner, T. Wippermann, O. Krömer, R. Lichtenheldt, L. Wisniewski, J. Grygorczuk, M. Fittock, S. Reershemius, T. Spröwitz, E. Kopp, I. Walter, A.-C. Plesa, D. Breuer, P. Morgan, and W. B. Banerdt, The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) for the InSight Mission, Space Sci. Rev., 214:96, 2018. DOI:10.1007/s11214-018-0531-4
  34. Vance, S. D., M. P. Panning, S. Stähler, F. Cammarano, B. G. Bills, S. Kedar, C. Sotin, W. T. Pike, R. Lorenz, V. Tsai, H.-H. Huang, J. M. Jackson, and B. Banerdt, Geophysical investigations of habitability in ice-covered ocean worlds, Geophys. Res. Planets, 122, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/2017JE005341
  35. Banfield, D., J. A. Rodriguez-Manfredi, C. Russell, K. M. Rowe, D. Leneman, H. Lai, P. R. Cruce, J. Means, C. L. Johnson, A. Mittelholz, S. P. Joy, P.-J. Ch, I. G. Mikellides, S. Carpenter, S. Navarro, E. Sebastian, J. Gomez-Elvira, J. Torres, L. Mora, V. Peinado, A. Lepinette, The TWINS Team, K. Hurst, P. Lognonné, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt, InSight Auxiliary Payload Sensor Suite (APSS), Space Sci. Rev., 215:4, 2019. doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0570-x

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InSight