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Sylvain  Piqueux's Picture
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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 and ice-related processes
  • 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.

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 (2013-present)

  • Europa Clipper E-THEMIS Co-I and Investigation Scientist (2016-present)
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter MCS Co-I (2013-present)
  • InSight
    -Landing Sites Characterization (Thermophysics) (2013-2018)
    -Instrument Site Selection Working Gr. (Thermophysics) (2014-2018)
    -HP3 Science Collaborator (2014-present)
  • Mars Odyssey THEMIS Co-I (2004-present)
  • Mars 2020 Landing Sites Characterization (Thermophysics) (2016-present)
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Science Team Member (2015-2018)
  • Mars Science Laboratory REMS Science Collaborator (2015-2017)
  • Mars Global Surveyor TES Science Collaborator (2004-2006)


Selected Projects

  • Principal Investigator, NASA Solar System Workings, 2016-2019, Low Temperature Calorimetry of Meteorites and Geological Samples
  • Principal Investigator, JPL Lew Allen Award, 2018, Optimizing the numerical performance of a planetary thermal model
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools, 2016-2019, Planetary Thermal Model Development
  • Co-Investigator, JPL Critical Data Product, 2016-2019, Mars 2020 Landing Site Characterization (Thermophysics)
  • Principal Investigator, JPL Critical Data Product, 2016-2018, InSight Landing Site Characterization (Thermophysics)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Data Analysis, 2015-2018, Surface Dust Flux on Mars
  • Science Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Fundamental Research, 2010-2013, Thermal conductivity measurements of fines under Martian conditions
  • Science Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Fundamental Research, 2007-2010, Thermal conductivity measurements of fines under Martian conditions
  • Principal Investigator, JPL Critical Data Product, 2006, Phoenix Landing Site Monitoring with THEMIS

Selected Awards
  • NASA Early Career Public Achievement Award (2018)
  • Lew Allen award, JPL (2017)
  • Voyager award, JPL (2016)
  • Antarctica Service Medal, DoD, (2012)
  • Merit Prize, University of Paris VI (2002)

Selected Publications
  1. Vu, T. H., Piqueux, S., Choukroun, M., Edwards, C.S., Chritensen, P.R., Glotch, T.D., (2019), Low-temperature specific heat capacity measurements and application to Mars thermal modeling, Icarus, 321, 824-840, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.10.004.
  2. Morgan, P., Grott, M., Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., Golombek., M., Delage, P., Loignonne, P., Piqueux, S., + 10 colleagues, (2018), A Pre-Landing Assessment of Regolith Properties at the InSight Landing Site, Space Sci. Rev., 214, 6, UNSP 104.
  3. Golombek, M., + 45 colleagues, (2018), Geology and Physical Properties Investigations by the InSight Lander, Space Sci. Rev., 214, 5, UNSP 84.
  4. Smith, I., Diniega, S., Beaty, D., Thorsteinssan, T., Becerra, P., Bramson, A., Clifford, S., Hvidberg, C. Portyankina, C., Piqueux, S., Spiga, A., Titus, T., (2018), 6th international conference on Mars polar science and exploration: Conference summary and five top questions, Icarus, 308, 2-14, doi:  10.1016/j.icarus.2017.06.027.
  5. Edwards, C., Piqueux, S., Hamilton, V., Fergason, R., Herkenhoff, K., Vasavada, A., Bennett, K., Sacks, L., Lewis, K., Smith, M., (2018), The Thermophysical Properties of the Bagnold Dunes, Mars: Ground-Truthing Orbital Data, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 5, 1307-1326, doi:10.1029/2017JE005501.
  6. 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 (2018), Nature Astronomy, 2, 2, 126-132, doi: 10.1038/s41550-017-0353-4.
  7. 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:
  8. 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:
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 on Mars, J. Geophys. Res.121, 1174-1189, doi:10.1002/2016JE005034.
  12. Edwards, C., Piqueux, S., The Water Content of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars, (2016), Geophys. Res. Let.43, 8912-8919, doi:10.1002/2016GL070179.
  13. 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.
  14. Piqueux, S., Byrne, S., Titus, Timothy, Hansen, Candice, Kieffer H., (2015), Enumeration of Mars Years since the Beginning of the Telescopic Exploration, Icarus251, 332-338.
  15. Heavens, N., Cantor, B., Hayne, P., Kass, D., Kleinboehl, K., McCleese., D., Piqueux, S., Schofield, J., Shirley J., (2015), Extreme Detached Dust Layers near Martian Volcanoes: Evidence for Dust Transport by Mesoscale Circulations Forced by High Topography, Geophys. Res. Let., 42, 10, 3730-37-38, doi: 10.1002/2015GL064004.
  16. Piqueux, S., Kleinböhl, A., McCleese, D., Hayne, P., Schofield, T., Kass, D., (2015), Variability of the martian seasonal CO2 cap extent over eight mars years, Icarus, 251, 164-180 doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.10.045.
  17. 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.
  18. Piqueux, S., and P.R. Christensen, (2012), Visible and thermal infrared observations of the Martian surface during three Phobos shadow transits, Geophys. Res. Let., doi:10.1029/2012GL053352.
  19. Piqueux, S., and P.R. Christensen (2011), Temperature-dependent thermal inertia of homogeneous Martian regolith, J. Geophys. Res.116, E7, doi:10.1029/2011JE003805.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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, doi:10.1029/2007JE00 3009.

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