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Jonathan Bapst

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Planetary And Exoplanetary Atmospheres


Jonathan Bapst is a Postdoctoral Fellow at JPL. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Since completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, he has pursued a career in science. Jonathan received his PhD from University of Washington in Earth and Space Sciences and Astrobiology. His primary research focuses on the planet Mars and how its climate is reflected in icy terrains that stretch from the poles to the mid latitudes. In general, he is interested in using spacecraft data and theoretical models to characterize the surface properties of other worlds. At JPL, Jonathan also leads the science efforts for Mars Science Helicopter SRTD Systems Task, where he is defining mission concepts for a next-generation Mars rotorcraft.


  • Ph.D., 2018, Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • B.S., 2010, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Professional Experience

  • JPL Postdoctoral Fellow (2018–present)
  • Research Specialist, University of Arizona (2014–2018)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington (2010–2014)
  • Research Assistant, SUNY Buffalo (2009–2010)
  • Summer Research Intern, NASA Glenn (2008)

Community Service

  • Conducted reviews for JGR, Icarus, PSS, and PSJ
  • Serve regularly as panelist and external reviewer on NASA Review Panels
  • JPL Mars Forum Organizer (April 2019–present)

Research Interests

  • Thermophysics remote sensing
  • Thermal modeling
  • Volatile stability and exchange
  • Mars ice and recent climate
  • Mars rotorcraft science

Selected Awards

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2012–2015)
  • SUNY Buffalo Zimmer Research Award (2009)
  • SUNY Buffalo Scholar Award (2005–2009)

Selected Publications

  • Sori, M. M., Bapst, J., Becerra, P., and S. Byrne. 2019. “Islands of ice on Mars and Pluto”. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124, 2522–2542.
  • Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Bandfield, J. L., & Hayne, P. O., 2019. “Thermophysical Properties of the North Polar Residual Cap using MGS TES”. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124.
  • Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Bapst, J., Smith, I. B., & McClintock, T., 2019. “A Migration Model for the Polar Spiral Troughs of Mars”. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(4), 1020–1043.
  • Bapst, J., Byrne, S., Brown, A. J., 2018. “On the icy edge at Louth and Korolev craters”. Icarus 308, 15–26.
  • Bramson, A.M., Byrne, S., Bapst, J., 2017. “Preservation of Mid-Latitude Ice Sheets on Mars”. J. Geophys. Res. Planets 122 (11), 2250–2266.
  • Sori, M. M., Bapst, J., Bramson, A. M., Byrne, S., Landis, M. E. 2017. “A Wunda-full world? Carbon dioxide ice deposits on Umbriel and other Uranian moons”. Icarus 290, 1–13.
  • Bapst, J., Bandfield, J. L., and S. E. Wood. 2015. “Hemispheric Asymmetry in Martian Seasonal Surface Water Ice from MGS TES”. Icarus 260, 396–408.