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Leslie Tamppari
Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Leslie Tamppari graduated in 1990 from the University of Arizona, majoring in Applied Math. During her studies she had an internship with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. After graduation from the U of A, Tamppari was hired back to JPL to work as an Investigation Scientist for the Photopolarimeter/Radiometer (PPR) Experiment aboard the Galileo spacecraft. A few years into this job she returned to continue her education at University of California, Los Angeles where she received her PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics in 2000. She studied water-ice clouds in the Mars atmosphere, using the Viking orbiter data set. She was able to detect and map the clouds over the course of a Mars year, which showed for the first time that Mars has nearly constant widespread cloud cover. She has also held jobs such as the science lead for many future mission proposals and studies including those for Mars, Europa, and Titan and served as the deputy project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory during its inital days. In 2002, Tamppari was invited to be a Co-Investigator for atmospheric studies on the Phoenix mission and in 2003 she was invited to become the Phoenix project scientist. Currently, she is the deputy project scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Education
  • B.S.in Mathematics, University of Arizona (1990)
  • M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (1997)
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (2000)

Research Interests
  • Water cycling on Mars, particularly in and around the north polar region
  • Water-ice cloud detection and interannual variability on Mars
  • Martian dust, including dust devils and dust variability as a function of time-of-day, season, and year
  • Exporation of Mars analog locations on Earth (Antarctic Dry Valleys)

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1990-present)

  • NEX-SAG: Science Advisory Group member for next Mars Orbiter (2015)
  • Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2012 - Present)
  • Deputy Project Scientist, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Project (2010-2012)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program (2010-present)
  • Co-Investigator, Mars Fundamental Research program (2009-present)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA International Polar Year (2007-2010)
  • Principal Investigator, JPL R&TD program (2005-2010)
  • Project Scientist, NASA Phoenix Scout Mission (2003-2009)
  • Co-Investigator, NASA Phoenix Scout Mission (2002-2009)
  • Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Mars Science Laboratory (2001-2003)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Global Surveyor Data Analysis Program (2001-2004)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program (2000-2003)
  • Co-Investigator, NASA Jupiter Data Analysis Program (1998-2000)
  • Science Lead, Team-X, Europa and Titan future missions studies (1999-2001)
  • Science Coordinator, Galileo Photopolarimeter/Radiometer Experiment (1990-1999)
    • Deputy Lead, JPL Satellites Working Group (1993-1997)
    • Deputy Lead, Science Instrument Testbed Team (1996)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MRO Comet Siding Spring Oberving (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Relay Operations Team (2013)
  • Mariner Outstanding Accomplishment Award (July 2009)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2009)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal recipient (April 1998)
  • JPL Nova award for "Initiative and Excellent Overview" (June 1997)

Selected Publications
  1. Tamppari, L. K., et al., 2012. Effects of Extreme Cold and Aridity on Soils and Habitability: McMurdo Dry Valleys as an Analog for the Mars Phoenix Landing Site, Antarctic Science 24(3), 211-228, doi:10.1017/S0954102011000800.
  2. Tamppari, L. K., et al., 2009. Phoenix and MRO Coordinated Atmospheric Measurements, 115, E00E17, doi:10.1029/2009JE003415, 2010
  3. Tamppari, L. K., et al., 2008. The expected atmospheric characteristics during the Phoenix mission, J. Geophys. Res., 113 (E00A20), doi:10.1029/2007JE003034.
  4. Tamppari, L. K., M. D. Smith, D. S. Bass, A. S. Hale, 2007. Water-ice clouds and dust in the north polar region of Mars using MGS TES data, Planetary and Space Sciences.
  5. Tamppari, L. K., R. W. Zurek, D. A Paige, 2002. Viking Era Diurnal Water Ice Clouds, J. Geophys. Res., 108(E7), p. 5073.
  6. Tamppari, L. K., 2000. Mars Missions, Space Sciences, Vol. 4, pp. 98-101, Macmillan Reference USA.
  7. Tamppari, L. K., R. W. Zurek, D. A Paige, 2000. Viking Era Water Ice Clouds, J. Geophys. Res., 105 (E2), pp. 4087-4107.
  8. Tamppari, L. K., J. R. Spencer, T. Z. Martin, 1995. Observing the Icy Jovian Satellites with the Galileo Photopolarimeter Radiometer Instrument, J. Geophys. Res., 100 (E9), pp. 18973- 18983.
  9. Tamppari, L. K., , M. D. Smith, D. S. Bass, A. S. Hale, Water-ice clouds and dust in the north polar region of Mars using MGS TES data, accepted by Planetary and Space Sciences.
  10. Tamppari, L. K., M. D. Smith, D. S. Bass, A. S. Hale, "Mars North Polar Water Vapor: Interannual Variations," in preparation.
  11. Tamppari, L. K., R. W. Zurek, D. A Paige (2002). "Viking Era Diurnal Water Ice Clouds," J. Geophys. Res., 108(E7), p. 5073.
  12. Tamppari, L. K., "Mars Missions," in Space Sciences, Vol. 4, pp. 98-101, Macmillan Reference USA.
  13. Tamppari, L. K., R. W. Zurek, D. A Paige (2000). "Viking Era Water Ice Clouds," J. Geophys. Res., 105 (E2), pp. 4087-4107.
  14. Tamppari, L. K., J. R. Spencer, T. Z. Martin (1995). "Observing the Icy Jovian Satellites with the Galileo Photopolarimeter Radiometer Instrument," J. Geophys. Res., 100 (E9), pp. 18973-18983.
  15. Bridges, N.T., and L.K. Tamppari, 2015.  Dynamic Mars from long-term observations: Introduction, Icarus 251, pp. 1-4.
  16. Pankine, A.A., and L.K. Tamppari, 2015.  Constraints on water vapor vertical distribution at the Phoenix landing site during summer from MGS TES day and night observations, Icarus 252, pp. 107-120.
  17. Pankine, A. A., L.K. Tamppari, J. L. Bandfield, T. H. McConnochie, M. D. Smith, 2013.  Retrievals of martian atmospheric opacities from MGS TES nighttime data,  Icaure, 226(1), pp. 708-722, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2013.06.024.
  18. Hale, A. S., L. K. Tamppari, D. S. Bass, M. D. Smith, 2010. Martian Water-ice clouds: A view from MGS-TES, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E04004, doi:10.1029/2009JE003449
  19. Pankine, A., L. K. Tamppari, M. D. Smith, 2010. MGS TES observations of the water vapor above the seasonal and perennial ice caps during northern spring and summer, Icarus 210, 58-71, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.06.043.
  20. Pankine, A., L. K. Tamppari, M. D. Smith, 2008. Water vapor variability in the North Polar Region on Mars from Viking MAWD and MGS TES datasets, in preparation for submission to J. Geophys Res.
  21. Golombek, M. P., et al. (2008), Size-frequency distributions of rocks on the northern plains of Mars with special reference to Phoenix landing surfaces, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A09, doi:10.1029/2007JE003065.
  22. Hale, A. S., L.K. Tamppari, D. S. Bass, M. D. Smith, 2008. Martian Water-ice Clouds: A View from MGS TES, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E04004, doi:10.1029/2009JE003449.
  23. Martin, T. Z., L. K. Tamppari, 2008. Diurnal variation of Martian dust opacity, in preparation for submission to Icarus.
  24. Tsuyuki, G., Tamppari, L., Martin, T. and Murphy, J. "Development of the Surface Thermal Environment for the Mars Scout Phoenix Mission," Paper Number 2007-01-3239, Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Systems, Society of Automotive Engineers, Chicago, IL, dated July 2007.
  25. Hale, A. S., L. K. Tamppari, D. S. Bass, M. D. Smith, Martian Water-ice Clouds: A view from MGS TES, 2006, in preparation.
  26. Drake, N. B., L. K. Tamppari, R. D. Baker, B. A. Cantor, and A. S. Hale (2006), Dust devil tracks and wind streaks in the North Polar Region of Mars: A study of the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander Sites, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L19S02, doi: 10.1029/2006GL026270.
  27. Hale, A. Snyder, Bass, D.S., Tamppari, L.K. (2005). "Monitoring the perennial martian northern polar cap with MGS MOC." Icarus, 174, pp. 502-512.
  28. Rathbun, J. A., J. R. Spencer, L. K. Tamppari, T. Z. Martin, L. Barnard, and L. D. Travis (2004). "Mapping of Io's thermal radiation by the Galileo photopolarimter-radiometer (PPR) instrument," Icarus V. 169, No. 1, pp. 127-139.
  29. D. W. Beaty, S. Miller, W. Zimmerman, J. Bada, P. Conrad, E. Dupuis, T. Huntsberger, R. Ivlev, S. S. Kim, B. G. Lee, D. Lindstrom, L. Lorenzoni, P. Mahaffy, K. McNamara, D. Papanastassiou, S. Patrick, S. Peters, N. Rohatgi, J. J. Simmonds, J. Spray, T. D. Swindle, L. Tamppari, A. Treiman, J. K. Wolfenbarger and A. Zent (2004). "Planning for a Mars in situ sample preparation and distribution (SPAD) system," Planetary and Space Science, v. 52, p. 55-66.
  30. Cooper, J. F., C. B. Phillips, J. R. Green, X. Wu, R. W. Carlson, L. K. Tamppari, R. J., Terrile, R. E. Johnson, J. H. Eraker, N. C. Makris (2002). Europa Exploration: Science and Mission Priorities, The Future of Solar System Exploration, 2003-2013, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 272, pp. 217-252.
  31. Spencer, J. R., J. A. Rathbun, L. D. Travis, L. K. Tamppari, L. Barnard, and T. Z. Martin (2000). "High-resolution observations of Ios thermal emission from the Galileo photopolarimeter-radiometer," Science, 288, pp. 1198-1201.
  32. Spencer, J. R., L. K. Tamppari, T. Z. Martin, L. D. Travis (1999). "Temperatures on Europa from Galileo PPR: Nighttime Thernal Anomalies," Science, 284, p. 1514-1516.
  33. Martin, T. Z., G. Orton, L. Travis, L. Tamppari, I. Claypool (1995). "Observation of Shoemaker-Levy Impacts by the Galileo Photopolarimeter Radiometer," Science 268, p. 1875-79.

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