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Curriculum Vitae:

Sylvain Piqueux

  • Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (2009)
  • M.S. (DEA), Sedimentary Basins, University of Paris VI, Paris, France (2003)
  • M.S. (Magistére), Geodynamics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France (2003)
  • B.S., Geophysics, University of Paris XI, Orsay, France (2002)

Research Interests
  • Thermophysical properties of planetary surfaces
  • Polar processes on Mars
  • Atmosphere/surface interactions


InSight Icon InSight
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.

LRO - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Icon LRO - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launched in June 2009 with the objectives of finding safe lunar landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

MRO - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Icon MRO - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched in 2005 and is on a search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars for a long period of time.

Europa Mission Icon Europa Mission

NASA's Europa mission will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
    • Research Scientist (2015-Present)
    • Postdoc Scholar (2013-2014)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC, Program Associate (2012-2013)
  • Arizona State University, Postdoc Scholar (2010-2011)

Selected Awards
  • Lew Allen award, JPL (2017)
  • Voyager award, JPL (2016)
  • Antarctica Service Medal, DoD, (2012)
  • Merit Prize, University of Paris VI (2002)

Selected Publications
  1. Heavens, N., Kleinböhl, A., Chaffin, M., Halekas, J.S., Kass, D.M., Hayne, P.O., McCleese, D.J., Piqueux, S., Shirley, J.H., and J.T. Schofield, Enhanced hydrogen escape from Mars’s atmosphere because of deep convection in dust storm (accepted), Nature Astronomy

  2. Golombek, M., Kipp, D., Daubar, I.J., Fergason, R., Kirk, R.L., Beyer, R., Huertas, A., Piqueux, S., + 26 colleagues, (2017), Selection of the InSight Landing Site, Space Sci. Rev., 211,1-4,5-95, doi:

  3. Siegler, M.A., Smekar, S.E., Grott, M., Piqueux, S., Mueller, N., Williams, J.-P., Plesa, A.-C., Spohn, T., (2017), The InSight Mars Lander and Its Effect on the Subsurface Thermal Environment, Space Sci. Rev., 211,1-4,259-275, doi:</p

  4. Schaible, M., Johnson, R., Zhigilei, Z., Piqueux, S., (2017), High energy electron sintering of icy regolith: formation of the PacMan anomalies at Saturn, Icarus285, 211-223, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.08.033
  5. Vasavada, A. R., S. Piqueux, K. W. Lewis, M. T. Lemmon, M. D. Smith, (2017), Thermophysical properties along Curiosity's traverse in Gale crater, Mars, derived from the REMS ground temperature sensor, Icarus284, 372-386, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.11.035

  6. Piqueux, S., Kleinböhl, A., Hayne, P., Heavens, N., Kass, D., McCleese, D., Schofield, J., Shirley, J., (2016), Discovery of a widespread low-latitude diurnal CO2 frost cycle, and implication for dust mobility on Mars, J. Geophys. Res.121, 1174-1189, doi:10.1002/2016JE005034

  7. Edwards, C., Piqueux, S., The Water Content of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars, (2016), Geophys. Res. Let.43, 8912-8919, doi:10.1002/2016GL070179
  8. Plesa, A., Grott, M., Piqueux, S., Sielger, Interannual Variability of the Martian Surface Planetary Heat Flow Due to Dust Loading of the Atmosphere, (2016), J. Geophys. Res.121, 2166-2175, doi:10.1002/2016JE005127.

  9. Piqueux, S., S. Byrne, T. Titus, C. Hansen, and H. Kieffer (2015), Enumeration of Mars Years since the Beginning of the Telescopic Exploration, Icarus, 251, 332–338, doi:doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.014.

  10. Piqueux, S., A. Kleinböhl, P. O. Hayne, D. M. Kass, J. T. Schofield, and D. J. McCleese (2015b), Variability of the martian seasonal CO2 cap extent over eight Mars Years, Icarus, 251, 164–180, doi:doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.10.045.

  11. Heavens, N.G., Cantor, B.A., Hayne, P.O., Kass, D.M., Kleinböhl, A., McCleese, D.J., Piqueux, S., Schofield, J.T., Shirley, J.H., (2015), Extreme detached dust layers near Martian volcanoes: Evidence for dust transport by mesoscale circulations forced by high topography, Geophys. Res. Let., 42, 10, 3730-3738, doi:10.1002/2015GL064004.

  12. Brown, A., Piqueux, S., Titus, T., (2014),A H2O ice cycle on the CO2 ice south polar cap of Mars, Earth Plan. Sci. Let., 406, 102-109, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.08.039.

  13. Piqueux, S., and P.R. Christensen, (2012), Thermophysical observations of the Martian surface during three Phobos transits, Geophys. Res. Let., doi:10.1029/2012GL053352.

  14. Piqueux, S., and P.R. Christensen (2011), Temperature-­‐dependent thermal inertia of homogeneous Martian regolith, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E7, doi:10.1029/2011JE003805.

  15. Piqueux, S., and P. R. Christensen (2009), A model of thermal conductivity for planetary soils: 1. Theory for unconsolidated soils, J. Geophys. Res., 114, E9, doi:10.1029/2008JE003308.

  16. Piqueux, S., and P. R. Christensen (2009), A model of thermal conductivity for planetary soils: 2. Theory for cemented soils, J. Geophys. Res., 114, E9, doi:10.1029/2008JE003309.

  17. Piqueux, S., C. S. Edwards, and P. R. Christensen (2008), Distribution of the ices exposed near the south pole of Mars using Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) temperature measurements, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E8, doi:10.1029/2007JE003055.

  18. Piqueux, S., and P. R. Christensen (2008), North and south sub-ice gas flow and venting of the seasonal caps of Mars: A major geomorphological agent, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E6, d

  19. Piqueux, S., and P. R. Christensen (2008), Deposition of CO2 and erosion of the Martian south perennial cap between 1972 and 2004: Implications for current climate change, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E2, doi:10.1029/2007JE002969.

  20. Piqueux, S., S. Byrne, and M. I. Richardson (2003), Sublimation of Mars's southern seasonal CO2 ice cap and the formation of spiders, J. Geophys. Res., 108, E8, doi:10.1029/2002JE002007.

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