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Michael Hicks

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-501

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Small Bodies


  • B.S. in Planetary Science , Boston University, National Merit Scholar (1986)
  • Ph.D. in Planetary Science, University of Arizona (1997)

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997 - present)

  • Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT Team member (2001-2004)
  • Deep Space One Science Team Member (2001-2003)
  • Scientist in the Asteroids, Comets and Satellites Group (2001-present)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997-2001)

Research Interests

  • Origins and evolution of small bodies throughout the Solar System, with emphasis on detection and characterization of near-Earth Asteroids
  • Physical studies of NEOs using telescoping observations from visible to thermal-IR
  • Lightcurves, spectroscopy, photometry of of NASA mission targets

Selected Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Award Dawn Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Development (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Deep Space 1 Comet Team
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) Team

Selected Publications

Selected Publications (Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 2018-2013)

  • Howell, E. S.; Magri, C.; Vervack, R. J.; Nolan, M. C.; Taylor, P. A.; Fernández, Y. R.; Hicks, M. D.; Somers, J. M.; Lawrence, K. J.; Rivkin, A. S.; Marshall, S. E.; Crowell, J. L. "SHERMAN - A shape-based thermophysical model II. Application to 8567 (1996 HW1)" 2018. Icarus, Volume 303, p. 220-233.
  • Verbiscer, Anne J.; Porter, Simon B.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Weaver, Harold A.; Spencer, John R.; Showalter, Mark R.; Buie, Marc W.; Hofgartner, Jason D.; Hicks, Michael D.; Ennico-Smith, Kimberly; Olkin, Catherine B.; Stern, S. Alan; Young, Leslie A.; Cheng, Andrew; (The New Horizons Team) "Phase Curves of Nix and Hydra from the New Horizons Imaging Cameras" 2018. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 852.
  • Marshall, Sean E.; Howell, Ellen S.; Magri, Christopher; Vervack, Ronald J.; Campbell, Donald B.; Fernández, Yanga R.; Nolan, Michael C.; Crowell, Jenna L.; Hicks, Michael D.; Lawrence, Kenneth J.; Taylor, Patrick A. "Thermal properties and an improved shape model for near-Earth asteroid (162421) 2000 ET70" 2017.  Icarus, Volume 292, p. 22-35.
  • Buratti, B. J.; Hofgartner, J. D.; Hicks, M. D.; Weaver, H. A.; Stern, S. A.; Momary, T.; Mosher, J. A.; Beyer, R. A.; Verbiscer, A. J.; Zangari, A. M.; Young, L. A.; Lisse, C. M.; Singer, K.; Cheng, A.; Grundy, W.; Ennico, K.; Olkin, C. B. " Global albedos of Pluto and Charon from LORRI New Horizons observations" 2017. Icarus, Volume 287, p. 207-217.
  • Brozović, Marina; Benner, Lance A. M.; Magri, Christopher; Scheeres, Daniel J.; Busch, Michael W.; Giorgini, Jon D.; Nolan, Michael C.; Jao, Joseph S.; Lee, Clement G.; Snedeker, Lawrence G.; Silva, Marc A.; Lawrence, Kenneth J.; Slade, Martin A.; Hicks, Michael D.; Howell, Ellen S.; Taylor, Patrick A.; Sanchez, Juan A.; Reddy, Vishnu; Dykhuis, Melissa; Le Corre, Lucille "Goldstone radar evidence for short-axis mode non-principal-axis rotation of near-Earth asteroid (214869) 2007 PA8" 2017. Icarus, Volume 286, p. 314-329.
  • Buratti, B. J.; Hicks, M. D.; Dalba, P. A.; Chu, Devin; O'Neill, Ariel; Hillier, J. K.; Masiero, J.; Banholzer, Sophianna; Rhoades, H. "Photometry of Pluto 2008-2014: Evidence of Ongoing Seasonal Volatile Transport and Activity" 2015. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 804.
  • Becker, Tracy M.; Howell, Ellen S.; Nolan, Michael C.; Magri, Christopher; Pravec, Petr; Taylor, Patrick A.; Oey, Julian; Higgins, David; Világi, Jozef; Kornoš, Leonard; Galád, Adrián; Gajdoš, Štefan; Gaftonyuk, Ninel M.; Krugly, Yurij N.; Molotov, Igor E.; Hicks, Michael D.; Carbognani, Albino; Warner, Brian D.; Vachier, Frederic; Marchis, Franck; Pollock, Joseph T. "Physical modeling of triple near-Earth Asteroid (153591) 2001 SN263 from radar and optical light curve observations" 2015. Icarus, Volume 248, p. 499-515.
  • Hicks, Michael D.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Lawrence, Kenneth J.; Hillier, John; Li, Jian-Yang; Reddy, Vishnu; Schröder, Stefan; Nathues, Andreas; Hoffmann, Martin; le Corre, Lucille; Duffard, Rene; Zhao, Hai-Bin; Raymond, Carol; Russell, Christopher; Roatsch, Thomas; Jaumann, Ralf; Rhoades, Heath; Mayes, Deronda; Barajas, Tzitlaly; Truong, Thien-Tin; Foster, James; McAuley, Amanda "Spectral diversity and photometric behavior of main-belt and near-Earth vestoids and (4) Vesta: A study in preparation for the Dawn encounter"2014. Icarus, Volume 235, p. 60-74.
  • Lowry, S. C.; Weissman, P. R.; Duddy, S. R.; Rozitis, B.; Fitzsimmons, A.; Green, S. F.; Hicks, M. D.; Snodgrass, C.; Wolters, S. D.; Chesley, S. R.; Pittichová, J.; van Oers, P. "The internal structure of asteroid (25143) Itokawa as revealed by detection of YORP spin-up" 2014. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 562.
  • Buratti, B. J.; Dalba, P. A.; Hicks, M. D.; Reddy, V.; Sykes, M. V.; McCord, T. B.; O'Brien, D. P.; Pieters, C. M.; Prettyman, T. H.; McFadden, L. A.; Nathues, Andreas; Le Corre, Lucille; Marchi, S.; Raymond, Carol; Russell, Chris "Vesta, vestoids, and the HED meteorites: Interconnections and differences based on Dawn Framing Camera observations" Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Volume 118.
  • Person, M. J.; Dunham, E. W.; Bosh, A. S.; Levine, S. E.; Gulbis, A. A. S.; Zangari, A. M.; Zuluaga, C. A.; Pasachoff, J. M.; Babcock, B. A.; Pandey, S.; Amrhein, D.; Sallum, S.; Tholen, D. J.; Collins, P.; Bida, T.; Taylor, B.; Bright, L.; Wolf, J.; Meyer, A.; Pfueller, E.; Wiedemann, M.; Roeser, H.-P.; Lucas, R.; Kakkala, M.; Ciotti, J.; Plunkett, S.; Hiraoka, N.; Best, W.; Pilger, E. J.; Micheli, M.; Springmann, A.; Hicks, M.; Thackeray, B.; Emery, J. P.; Tilleman, T.; Harris, H.; Sheppard, S.; Rapoport, S.; Ritchie, I.; Pearson, M.; Mattingly, A.; Brimacombe, J.; Gault, D.; Jones, R.; Nolthenius, R.; Broughton, J.; Barry, T. "The 2011 June 23 Stellar Occultation by Pluto: Airborne and Ground Observations" 2013. The Astronomical Journal, Volume 146.