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Jennifer Scully

I have been an associate of the Dawn Science Team since I started graduate school in 2010. Thus, my current and past scientific research centers on the geology of the dwarf planet Ceres and of the asteroid Vesta. My present scientific research focuses on the geology of Ceres, in particular fractures, crater morphology, mass wasting processes and quadrangle-based geologic mapping. Furthermore, during the Ceres portion of the Dawn mission, I am serving as one of the team’s four lead geologic mappers. In addition, I am currently broadening my research interests to include the icy satellites and dwarf planets, by conducting comparative research about these bodies and Ceres, and by co-organizing a bi-monthly ‘Icy Worlds Collaboration & Exchange (ICE)’ at JPL, where scientists and engineers share and discuss their research. My PhD research focused on the geology of Vesta, in particular quadrangle-based geologic mapping, and curvilinear gullies, lobate deposits and fractures, and their implications for the geologic evolution and hydration of Vesta. For more information please see my:


Education
  • Jun. 2015: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geology from UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Jun. 2015: 3.97 GPA in UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Geology PhD program.
  • Sept. 2013: Passed Oral Qualifying Examination, advanced to candidacy for doctoral degree and awarded Candidate in Philosophy Degree from UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Sept. 2012: Passed Written Qualifying Examination in UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Jun. 2010: First Class Honors Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences (Geology) from the of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland (placed first in class).

Professional Experience

Employment:

  • 2015-current: Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
    • Advisor: Dr. Carol Raymond
  • 2010-current: Associate of the Dawn Science Team.
  • 2010-2015: Graduate Student Researcher, at Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles.
    • Advisors: Prof. Christopher Russell and Prof. An Yin
  • 2013: Teaching Assistant, at Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles.

Professional service:

  • 2016-current: Co-editor of Icarus Special Issue: Ceres’ Surface Composition (in preparation).
  • 2016-current: Serving on the Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW) team.
  • 2015-current: Serving as one of four lead geologic mappers on the Dawn Science Team.
  • 2015-current: Co-organizer of the bi-monthly ‘Icy Worlds Collaboration & Exchange (ICE)’ at JPL.
  • 2016: Served as a panelist on a NASA Review Panel.
  • 2015-2016: Served as a peer reviewer for Elsevier journals.
  • Nov. 2015: Chaired two DPS sessions: “208. Changing Perspectives on Mercury and the Moon” and “209. Vesta and Ceres by the Light of Dawn”.
  • 2015: Co-editor of Icarus Special Issue: Vesta’s Surface Composition.
  • 2015: Served as the executive secretary on a NASA Review Panel.
  • 2011-2012: Author and editor of Dawn "Image of the Day" explanatory paragraphs on the Dawn mission website (dawn.jpl.nasa.gov)

Selected Awards
  • Jan. 2015: Early career travel grant to attend the 12th meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group.
  • Sept. 2014: Harold and Mayla Sullwold Scholarship for excellence in research from UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Apr. 2014: 1st prize for poster presentation at the 8th Annual LA Basin Earth and Planetary Science Student Symposium, at UCLA.
  • Nov. 2013: NASA Group Achievement Award as a part of the Dawn Science Team.
  • Oct. 2013: Accepted for and attended the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration’s Impact Cratering Short Course and Field School.
  • Sept. 2013: Harold and Mayla Sullwold Scholarship for excellence in research from UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Aug. 2013: Pauley Fellowship from UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.
  • Aug. 2013: Accepted for and attended JPL’s Planetary Science Summer School.
  • Apr. 2012: 1st prize for oral presentation at the 5th Annual LA Basin Earth and Planetary Science Student Symposium, at UCLA.
  • Sept. 2008: Edge Prize in Geology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
  • Jul. 2007: Julian Boldy Prize in Geology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
  • Sept. 2006: Entrance Exhibition Award (based on second level (“high school”) examination results) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
  • Sept. 2005: First prize for summer intern project at Science and Technology (STEPSS) programme Research Symposium from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Jan. 2005: First prize in Senior Biological and Ecological Sciences category in the BT Young and Technology Exhibition 2005.
  • Jan. 2005: First prize for Best Biomedical Science or Health Related project in BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2005 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal publications: first author

  1. 2016: Scully, J. E. C. et al. The internal evolution of Ceres revealed by fractures and secondary crater chains. In preparation for Nature/Nature Geoscience.
  2. 2016: Scully, J. E. C. et al. The localized distribution of water ice on Ceres, as evidenced by geologic mapping of the northern-mid-latitude Ezinu quadrangle. In preparation for Icarus ‘Geologic Mapping of Ceres Special Issue’.
  3. 2015: Scully, J. E. C. et al. Geomorphological evidence for transient water flow on Vesta. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 411, 151-163.
  4. 2014: Scully, J. E. C. et al. Geomorphology and structural geology of Saturnalia Fossae and adjacent structures in the northern hemisphere of Vesta. Icarus, 244, 23-40.

Peer-reviewed journal publications: co-author

  1. 2016: Williams, D. A. et al. The Geologic Mapping of Ceres. In preparation for Icarus ‘Geologic Mapping of Ceres Special Issue’.
  2. 2016: Schmidt, B. E. et al. Geomorphological Evidence for Ground Ice from Mass Wasting on Dwarf Planet Ceres. In preparation for Nature Geoscience.
  3. 2016: Buczkowski, D. L. et al. The Geomorphology of Ceres. Science, in review.
  4. 2016: Marchi, S. et al. The Missing Large Impact Craters on Ceres. Nature Communications, accepted.
  5. 2015: McCord, T. B. and Scully, J. E. C. The Composition of Vesta from the Dawn Mission. Icarus, 259, 1-9.
  6. 2015: Longobardo, A. et al. Mineralogical and spectral analysis of Vesta’s Gegania and Lucaria quadrangles and comparative analysis of their key features. Icarus, 259, 72-90.
  7. 2015: Zambon, F. et al. Spectral analysis of the quadrangles Av-13 and Av-14 on Vesta. Icarus, 259, 181-193.
  8. 2014: Blewett, D. T. et al. Vesta’s North Pole Quadrangle Av-1 (Albana): Geologic Map and the Nature of the South Polar Basin Antipodes. Icarus, 244, 13-22.
  9. 2014: Ruesch, O. et al. Geologic map of the northern hemisphere of Vesta based on Dawn Framing Camera (FC) images. Icarus, 244, 41-59.
  10. 2014: Schäfer, M. et al. Imprint of the Rheasilvia impact on Vesta – Geologic mapping of quadrangles Gegania and Lucaria. Icarus, 244, 60-73.
  11. 2014: Williams, D. A. et al. The geology of the Marcia of asteroid Vesta: Assessing the effects of large, young craters. Icarus, 244, 74-88.
  12. 2014: Buczkowski, D. L. et al. The unique geomorphology and physical properties of the Vestalia Terra plateau. Icarus, 244, 89-103.
  13. 2014: Krohn, K. et al. Mass movement on Vesta at steep scarps and crater rims. Icarus, 244, 120-132.
  14. 2014: Williams, D. A. et al. Lobate and Flow-like Features on Asteroid Vesta. Planetary and Space Science, 103, 24-35.
  15. 2014: Alibay, F. et al. Design of a low cost mission to the Neptunian system. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings.
  16. 2013: Reddy, V. et al. Comparing Dawn, Hubble Space Telescope, and ground based interpretations of (4) Vesta. Icarus, 226, 1103.
  17. 2012: Denevi, B. W. et al. Pitted Terrain on Vesta and Implications for the Presence of Volatiles. Science, 338, 246.
  18. 2012: Buczkowski, D. L. et al. Large-scale troughs on Vesta: A signature of planetary tectonics. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L18205.
  19. 2012: Reddy, V. et al. Delivery of Dark Material to Vesta: Carbonaceous Chondritic Impacts. Icarus, 221, 544.
  20. 2012: Russell, C. T. et al. Dawn at Vesta: Testing the Protoplanetary Paradigm. Science, 336, 684.

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