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Jennifer Scully

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Address:

4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-301

Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone:

818.393.8025

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Small Bodies

Biography

  • 2017-Present: Scientist in Small Bodies Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
    • Scientific research about Ceres, Vesta, Europa and other planetary bodies through geologic mapping using ArcGIS software, geomorphologic analysis of impact craters and mass wasting deposits, analysis of structural features (e.g. fractures/faults) and laboratory experiments:
      • Geologic mapping and geomorphic analysis of mass wasting deposits and impact craters, and laboratory experiments, for the project ‘Volatiles on Vesta and Ceres’, funded by NASA ROSES’ Discovery Data Analysis Program (DDAP) (role: Principal Investigator)
      • Geologic mapping and geomorphic analysis of impact craters and structural features for the project ‘Detailed Geologic Mapping of Pwyll and Manannán Impact Craters: Indicators of Europa’s Ice Shell Thickness’, funded by NASA ROSES’ Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Start-Up Program for Named Fellows (role: Principal Investigator)
      • Geologic mapping/geomorphic analysis of the entire surface of Ceres for the project ‘The Global Geologic Map of Ceres from Dawn’, funded by NASA ROSES’ Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) (role: Co-Investigator)
      • Geologic mapping and geomorphic analysis of the interior and exterior of a 170-km-diameter impact crater, including fractures and mass wasting features, for the project ‘High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of Urvara Crater, Ceres’, funded by NASA ROSES’ DDAP (role: Co-Investigator)
      • Structural and geomorphic analysis of contractional features on Mercury, for the project ‘Mapping Mercury’s lithospheric thickness’ funded by NASA ROSES’ DDAP (role: Co-Investigator)
      • Geomorphic analysis and laboratory experiments about networks of troughs on Mars, for the project ‘Araneiforms on Mars: a window into the role of carbon dioxide sublimation on landscape modification’ funded by NASA ROSES’ Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP) (role: Co-Investigator)
    • Mission formulation, in particular planning landing and sampling site reconnaissance and selection for the Europa Lander mission concept (a Flagship class mission) and a future Ceres lander (a New Frontiers or Discovery class mission)
    • Leadership role as a Science Mentor at NASA’s Planetary Science Summer School, held at JPL
  • 2015-2017: Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at JPL
    • Scientific research funded by the Dawn mission: See above
    • Mission formulation: See above
    • Comparative studies of icy satellites and dwarf planets, including Ceres
    • Advisor: Dr. Carol Raymond
  • 2010-2015: Graduate Student Researcher & Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles (EPSS, UCLA)
    • Scientific research funded by the Dawn mission: implications of fractures/faults, curvilinear gullies, lobate deposits and pitted terrain for Vesta’s geologic evolution and hydration, and geologic mapping
    • Advisors: Prof. Christopher Russell and Prof. An Yin

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Education

  • Jun. 2015: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geology from 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

  • 2021: Participant, invitation-only workshop, ‘Non-Nuclear Exploration of the Solar System’, W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies
  • 2020-present: Project Science Contributor, Europa Lander mission concept (in formulation for NASA Flagship class)
  • 2020-present: Science Mentor, NASA’s Planetary Science Summer School, JPL
  • 2020 Peer reviewer of Cambridge University Press book chapter: ‘Geomorphology of Vesta’ from ‘Vesta and Ceres: Insights into the Dawn of the Solar System’
  • 2020-present: Recon Focus Group Facilitator, Europa Clipper mission
  • 2019-2020: Deputy Project Scientist & Co-Investigator, Proteus mission about the origins of Earth’s water (proposed to NASA’s Discovery mission class)
  • 2016-2018: Co-Investigator, CODEX mission to land on Ceres (formulated for NASA’s Discovery mission class)
  • 2016-2017: Co-Investigator, CONDOR comet surface sample return mission (proposed to NASA’s New Frontiers mission class)
  • 2010-present: Collaborator/Associate, Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres (a NASA Discovery Class mission)
  • 2019-2022: Member of the SBAG (Small Bodies Assessment Group) Steering Committee
  • 2019-2020: Member of the Ceres Planetary Mission Concept Study: Assessing Dwarf Planet Ceres Past and Present Habitability Potential
  • 2015-2020: Peer reviewer for journals: ‘Science’, ‘EPSL’, ‘JGR – Planets’ and ‘Icarus’
  • 2016-2020: Organizer and chair of AOGS, GSA and AGU sessions about Ceres/Vesta science from Dawn
  • 2015-2020: Chair of COSPAR, LPSC and DPS sessions about small bodies science
  • 2016-2019: Lead guest editor, Icarus Special Issue: The formation and evolution of Ceres’ Occator crater (volume 320)
  • 2016-2019: Panelist, NASA Review Panels
  • 2015-2019: Co-organizer of bi-monthly ‘Icy Worlds Collaboration & Exchange (ICE)’ JPL seminar
  • 2016-2018: Team member, Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW)
  • 2015: Co-guest editor, Icarus Special Issue: Vesta’s surface composition (volume 259)

Selected Awards

  • 2020: NASA Honor Award Early Career Public Achievement Medal for early career achievement in scientific research significantly advancing the understanding of the geological history and volatile content of Ceres and Vesta
  • 2020-2021: Principal Investigator of ‘Detailed Geologic Mapping of Pwyll and Manannán Impact Craters: Indicators of Europa’s Ice Shell Thickness’: a data analysis project funded by NASA ROSES’s Early Career Fellowship Start-Up Program for Named Fellows
  • 2019: NASA Group Achievement Award as a part of the Dawn Science Team
  • 2019: JPL Voyager Award for lead guest editor role, Icarus Special Issue (volume 320)
  • 2019: Selected to be an SBAG (Small Bodies Assessment Group) Steering Committee Member
  • 2017-2020: “Volatiles on Vesta and Ceres” funded by NASA ROSES’s Discovery Data Analysis Program
  • 2017: Selected as an Early Career Fellow in the NASA ROSES program
  • 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.
  • Nov. 2013: NASA Group Achievement Award as a part of the Dawn Science Team.
  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2021) The In-Situ Exploration of a Relict Ocean World: An Assessment of Potential Landing and Sampling Sites for a Future Mission to the Surface of Ceres. Planetary Science Journal, 2(3), 94.
  • Schenk, P., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2021) Compositional control on impact crater formation on mid-sized planetary bodies: Dawn at Ceres and Vesta, Cassini at Saturn. Icarus, 359, 114343.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2020) The varied sources of faculae-forming brines in Ceres’ Occator crater emplaced via hydrothermal brine effusion. Nature Communications, 11, 3680.
  • Raymond, C. A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2020) Impact-driven mobilization of deep crustal brines on dwarf planet Ceres. Nature Astronomy, 4, 741-747.
  • Park, R. S., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2020) Evidence of non-uniform crust of Ceres from Dawn’s high-resolution gravity data. Nature Astronomy, 4, 748-755.
  • Schmidt, B. E., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2020) Post-impact cryo-hydrologic formation of small mounds and hills in Ceres’s Occator crater. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/s41561-020-0581-6.
  • Schenk, P., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2020) Impact heat driven volatile redistribution at Occator crater on Ceres as a comparative planetary process. Nature Communications, 11, 3679.
  • Castillo-Rogez, J. C., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2020) Ceres: Astrobiological Target and Possible Ocean World. Astrobiology, 20(2), doi: 10.1089/ast.2018.1999.
  • Duarte, K. D., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Landslides on Ceres: Diversity and Geologic Context. JGR: Planets, 124, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JE005673.
  • Sizemore et al., (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) A global inventory of ice-related Cerean features: implications for the evolution and state of the cryosphere. JGR: Planets, 124(7), 1650-1689.
  • Chilton, H. T., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Landslides on Ceres: Inferences into ice content and layering in the upper crust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(6), 1512-1524.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2019) Synthesis of the Special Issue: The formation and evolution of Ceres’ Occator crater. Icarus, 320, 213-225.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2019) Ceres’ Occator crater and its faculae explored through geologic mapping. Icarus, 320, 7-23.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2019) Introduction to the Special Issue: The formation and evolution of Ceres’ Occator crater. Icarus, 320, 1-6.
  • Schenk, P., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) The central pit and dome at Cerealia Facula and floor deposits in Occator crater, Ceres: morphology and formation. Icarus, 320, 159-187.
  • Quick, L. C., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) A possible brine reservoir beneath Occator: thermal/compositional evolution & formation of Cerealia Dome & Vinalia Faculae. Icarus, 320, 119-135
  • Buczkowski, D. L., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Tectonic analysis of fracturing associated with Occator crater. Icarus, 320, 49-59.
  • Ruesch, O., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Bright carbonate surfaces on Ceres as remnants of salt-rich water fountains. Icarus, 320, 39-48.
  • Nathues, A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Occator crater in color at highest resolution. Icarus, 320, 24-38.
  • Stephan, K., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) Ceres’ impact craters – relationships between surface composition and geology. Icarus, 318, 56-74.
  • Combe, J.-P., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2019) The surface composition of Ceres’ Ezinu quadrangle analyzed by the Dawn mission. Icarus, 318, 124-146.
  • Williams, D. A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) Introduction: The geological mapping of Ceres. Icarus, 316, 1-13.
  • Ruesch, O., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) Geology of Ceres’ north pole quadrangle with Dawn FC imaging data. Icarus, 316, 14-27.
  • Pasckert, J. H., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) Geologic mapping of the Ac-2 Coniraya quadrangle of Ceres from Dawn: Implications for a heterogeneously composed crust. Icarus, 316, 28-45.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2018) Ceres’ Ezinu quadrangle: a heavily cratered region with evidence for localized subsurface water ice and the context of Occator crater. Icarus, 316, 46-62.
  • Hughson, K. G. H., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) The Ac-5 (Fejokoo) quadrangle of Ceres: Geologic map and geomorphological evidence for ground ice mediated surface processes. Icarus, 316, 63-83
  • Krohn, K., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) The unique geomorphology and structural geology of the Haulani crater of dwarf planet Ceres as revealed by geological mapping of equatorial quadrangle Ac-6 Haulani. Icarus, 316, 84-98.
  • Williams, D. A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) The Geology of the Kerwan quadrangle of dwarf planet Ceres: Investigating Ceres’ oldest impact basin. Icarus, 316, 99-113.
  • Frigeri, A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) The geology of the Nawish quadrangle of Ceres: the rim of an ancient basin. Icarus, 316, 114-127.
  • Buczkowski, D. L., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) Geology of Ceres’ Occator quadrangle: Floor fractured craters and other geomorphic evidence of cryomagmatism. Icarus, 316, 128-139.
  • Schulzeck, F., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2018) Geologic mapping of the Ac-11 Sintana quadrangle: Assessing diverse crater morphologies. Icarus, 316, 154-166.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2017) Evidence for the interior evolution of Ceres from geologic analysis of fractures. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 9564–9572.
  • Schmidt, B. E., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2017) Geomorphological evidence for ground ice from mass wasting on dwarf planet Ceres. Nature Geoscience, 10, 338-343.
  • Buczkowski, D. L., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2016) The geomorphology of Ceres. Science, 353 (6303), aaf4332-1-8.
  • Marchi, S., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2016) The missing large impact craters on Ceres. Nature Communications, 7, 12257.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2015) Geomorphological evidence for transient water flow on Vesta. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 411, 151-163.
  • Zambon, F., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2015) Spectral analysis of the quadrangles Av-13 and Av-14 on Vesta. Icarus, 259, 181-193.
  • Longobardo, A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2015) Mineralogical and spectral analysis of Vesta’s Gegania and Lucaria quadrangles and comparative analysis of their key features. Icarus, 259, 72-90.
  • McCord, T. B. & Scully, J. E. C. (2015) The composition of Vesta from the Dawn mission. Icarus, 259, 1-9.
  • Scully, J. E. C., et al. (2014) Geomorphology and structural geology of Saturnalia Fossae and adjacent structures in the northern hemisphere of Vesta. Icarus, 244, 23-40.
  • Williams, D. A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) The geology of the Marcia of asteroid Vesta: Assessing the effects of large, young craters. Icarus, 244, 74-88.
  • Blewett, D. T., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Vesta’s North Pole Quadrangle Av-1 (Albana): Geologic Map and the Nature of the South Polar Basin Antipodes. Icarus, 244, 13-22.
  • Krohn, K., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Mass movement on Vesta at steep scarps and crater rims. Icarus, 244, 120-132.
  • Schäfer, M., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Imprint of the Rheasilvia impact on Vesta – Geologic mapping of quadrangles Gegania and Lucaria. Icarus, 244, 60-73.
  • Buczkowski, D. L., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) The unique geomorphology and physical properties of the Vestalia Terra plateau. Icarus, 244, 89-103.
  • Ruesch, O., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Geologic map of the northern hemisphere of Vesta based on Dawn Framing Camera (FC) images. Icarus, 244, 41-59.
  • Williams, D. A., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Lobate and flow-like features on asteroid Vesta. Planetary and Space Science, 103, 24-35.
  • Alibay, F., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2014) Design of a low cost mission to the Neptunian system. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings.
  • Reddy, V., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2013) Comparing Dawn, Hubble Space Telescope, and ground based interpretations of (4) Vesta. Icarus, 226, 1103.
  • Denevi, B. W., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2012) Pitted Terrain on Vesta and implications for the presence of volatiles. Science, 338, 246.
  • Buczkowski, D. L., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2012) Large-scale troughs on Vesta: A signature of planetary tectonics. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L18205.
  • Reddy, V., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2012) Delivery of dark material to Vesta: Carbonaceous chondritic impacts. Icarus, 221, 544.
  • Russell, C. T., et al. (incl. Scully, J. E. C.) (2012) Dawn at Vesta: Testing the protoplanetary paradigm. Science, 336, 684.

Projects

Dawn