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Ceri Nunn

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


Ceri is a lunar seismologist and planetary scientist. After obtaining her PhD in Seismology from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Nunn obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at LMU in Munich, Germany. She joined JPL in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and is now a research scientist at JPL.

Ceri is a co-investigator for the Farside Seismic Suite, a 2025 NASA mission to Schrödinger Crater on the farside of the Moon. The mission will deliver two seismometers, to be deployed on the deck of a CLPS lander. Ceri is also a member of the Lunar Geophysical Network (LGN) team. Additionally, Ceri is working with colleagues at JPL to develop mission concepts which involve using penetrators (bullet-shaped vehicles designed to penetrate the lunar surface, and embed instruments beneath the ground) to deploy microseismometers on the Moon. The group are also looking at lander-based missions as well as astronaut-installed instruments.

Ceri uses seismology to study the structure of the Moon. She uses historical data from the Apollo missions to learn more about the structure of the Moon. She is also developing new methods to use the data to be returned by the Farside Seismic Suite. The Moon is very highly fractured. Seismic energy from moonquakes and meteoroid impacts is strongly scattered by the fracturing. Ceri is currently studying the scattering of seismic energy to better understand the seismic signals from the Moon, so that we can better interpret seismic signals from the Moon's core and crust-mantle boundary.


  • 2014:  PhD    University of Cambridge
  • 2009:  MSci   University of Cambridge
  • 2008:  BA     University of Cambridge

Professional Experience

  • 2022 - present: Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2018 - 2022: Postdoctoral Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2016 - 2018:    Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, LMU, Munich
  • 2015 - 2016:    Postdoctoral researcher, Durham University

Community Service

  • NASA External Reviewer, 2022, 2023
  • Planetary Science Summer School, Contributor, 2022
  • Lead author/Co-author on White Papers to the Decadal Survey, 2020
  • NASA Panel Reviewer, 2019
  • Peer Reviewer, 2014-present

Research Interests

Ceri is a lunar seismologist. She uses seismology to understand the internal structure of the Moon and other planetary bodies. She studies moonquakes and the ways that seismic waves propagate within the Moon.

Selected Publications

  • Nunn, C., Nakamura, Y., Kedar, S., Panning, M.P., 2022. A New Archive of Apollo’s Lunar Seismic Data. Planet. Sci. J. 3, 219.
  • Nunn, C., 2022. Moon: Seismicity, in: Cudnik, B. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Lunar Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 1–11.
  • Marusiak, A.G., Panning, M.P., Vance, S.D., Nunn, C., Stähler, S.C., Tharimena, S., 2022. Seismic Detection of Euroquakes Originating From Europa’s Silicate Interior. Earth and Space Science 9.
  • Knapmeyer, M., Marusiak, A.G., Horleston, A., Nunn, C., Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., 2022. Seismology across the Solar System. Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft, Geophysik im Wandel,
  • Nunn, C., 2022. Legacy of the Apollo Seismic Experiments, in: Cudnik, B. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Lunar Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 1–11.
  • Nunn, C., Pike, W.T., Standley, I.M., Calcutt, S.B., Kedar, S., Panning, M.P., 2021. Standing on Apollo’s Shoulders: A Microseismometer for the Moon. Planet. Sci. J. 2, 36.
  • Nunn, C., Garcia, R.F., Nakamura, Y., Marusiak, A.G., Kawamura, T., Sun, D., Margerin, L., Weber, R., Drilleau, M., Wieczorek, M.A., Khan, A., Rivoldini, A., Lognonné, P., Zhu, P., 2020. Lunar Seismology: A Data and Instrumentation Review. Space Sci Rev 216, 89.
  • Panning, M.P., Pike, W.T., Lognonné, P., Banerdt, W.B., Murdoch, N., Banfield, D., Charalambous, C., Kedar, S., Lorenz, R.D., Marusiak, A.G., McClean, J.B., Nunn, C., Stähler, S.C., Stott, A.E., Warren, T., 2020. On‐Deck Seismology: Lessons from InSight for Future Planetary Seismology. J. Geophys. Res. Planets 125.
  • Garcia, Raphael F., Khan, A., Drilleau, M., Margerin, L., Kawamura, T., Sun, D., Wieczorek, M.A. Nunn, C., Weber, R.C., Marusiak, A.G., Lognonné, P., Nakamura, Y., Peimin, Z., Lunar Seismology: An Update on Interior Structure Models. Space Science Reviews 215, no. 8.,
  • Krischer, L., Aiman, Y.A., Bartholomaus, T., Donner, S., Driel, M. van, Duru, K., Garina, K., Gessele, K., Gunawan, T., Hable, S., Hadziioannou, C., Koymans, M., Leeman, J., Lindner, F., Ling, A., Megies, T., Nunn, C., Rijal, A., Salvermoser, J., Soza, S.T., Tape, C., Taufiqurrahman, T., Vargas, D., Wassermann, J., Wölfl, F., Williams, M., Wollherr, S., Igel, H., 2018. seismo‐live: An Educational Online Library of Jupyter Notebooks for Seismology. Seismological Research Letters 89, 2413–2419.
  • Nunn, C., Roecker, S. W., Priestley, K. F., Liang, X., Gilligan, A. Joint Inversion of Surface Waves and Teleseismic Body Waves Across the Tibetan Collision Zone: the Fate of Subducted Indian Lithosphere, Geophys. J. Int, 198, 1526–1542 (2014),
  • Nunn, C., Roecker, S. W., Tilmann, F. J., Priestley, K. F., Heyburn, R., Sandvol, E. A., Ni, J. F., Chen, Y. J., Zhao, W. and the INDEPTH IV and ASCENT Team, Imaging the lithosphere beneath NE Tibet: teleseismic P and S body wave tomography incorporating surface wave starting models, Geophys. J. Int, 196, 1724–1741 (2014),