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Nathan Williams

Nathan Williams is a planetary geologist with particular interest in the remote sensing of planetary surfaces, especially relating to structural geology, geodesy, and landform evolution. During this postdoctoral assignment, he is assisting with landing site selection for the Mars 2020 rover, as well as assessing tectonic structures at the proposed landing sites. His doctoral work focused on determining distributions, timing, and causes of tectonism on the Moon primarily using images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). He also applied Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) data to test formation hypotheses for central pit craters on Mars. Additionally, he also served as a Payload Downlink Lead for the Pancam instrument on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

  • PhD, Geological Sciences, Arizona State University (2016)
  • BS, Science of Earth Systems, College of Engineering, Cornell University (2011)

Research Interests

Planetary Geology, Remote Sensing, Structures, Tectonism, Geodesy, Landform Evolution

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2016- )
  • NASA Planetary Volcanology Field Workshop (Summer 2016)
  • Impact Cratering Short Course and Field Camp, NASA Lunar Science Institute, Canadian Lunar Research Network, LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (Fall 2013)
  • Pancam Instrument Payload Downlink Lead, Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (2012-2016)
  • Teaching/Research Assistant, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration (2011-2016)
  • Intern, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum (Summer 2011)
  • Student Research Assistant IV, Cornell University (2007-2011)
  • SURE Intern, Southern California Earthquake Center (Summer 2008)

Selected Awards
  • Graduate Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University, 2014-2015
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, 2012-2015
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Mars Exploration Rover Science and Operations Team, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2012
  • Career Development Award, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2012
  • University Graduate Fellowship, Arizona State University Graduate College, 2011
  • Michael Mitchell Prize, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 2011
  • Sid Kaufman Travel Grant, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 2011
  • Kiersch Scholarship, Cornell University College of Engineering, 2009-2011
  • Irwin and Joan Jacobs Scholarship, Cornell University College of Engineering, 2007-2011

Selected Publications
  1. N. R. Williams, J. F. Bell III, T. R. Watters, M. E. Banks, K. Daud, R. A. French, 2016. “Evidence for Recent and Ancient Faulting at Mare Frigoris and Implications for Lunar Tectonic Evolution.” Icarus, in review.
  2. N. R. Williams, J. F. Bell III, P. R. Christensen, J. D. Farmer, 2015. “Evidence for an Explosive Origin of Central Pit Craters on Mars.” Icarus 252, p. 175-185.
  3. T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, G. C. Collins, M. E. Banks, K. Daud, N. R. Williams, M. M. Selvans, 2015. “Global thrust faulting on the Moon and the influence of tidal stresses.” Geology 43, p. 851-854.
  4. N. R. Williams, T. R. Watters, M. E. Pritchard, M. E. Banks, J. F. Bell III, 2013. “Fault Dislocation Modeled Structure of Lobate Scarps from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Digital Terrain Models.” JGR 118. p. 224-233.
  5. M. E. Banks, T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, L. L. Tornabene, T. Tran, L. Ojha, N. R. Williams, 2011. “Morphometric Analysis of Small-Scale Lobate Scarps on the Moon Using Data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.” JGR 117. DOI: 10.1029/2011JE003907.
  6. T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, R. A. Beyer, M. E. Banks, J. F. Bell III, M. E. Pritchard, H. Hiesinger, C. H. van der Bogert, P. C. Thomas, E. P. Turtle, N. R. Williams, 2010. "Evidence of Recent Thrust Faulting on the Moon Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera." Science 329, 5994. p. 936 - 940.

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