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Luther Beegle

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-601

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Science Division

Deputy Division Manager


  • B.S., Physics/Astronomy, University of Delaware (1990)
  • M.S., Physics University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995)
  • Ph.D., Astrophysics University of Alabama at Birmingham (1997)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2001 - Present)
    • Principal Investigator, SHERLOC (2014-Present)
    • Deputy Division Manager, Science (2016-Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2015-Present)
    • Deputy Section Manager, Planetary Science (2013-2016)
    • Group Supervisor, Advanced Instrumentation & Spectroscopy Group (2005-2013)
    • Research Scientist (2003-present)
    • Scientist (2001-2003)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (1999-2001)
    • National Research Council Post-Doctoral Scholar (1999-2001)
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (1991-1996)
    • Ph.D., Astrophysics University of Alabama at Birmingham (1997)

Selected Awards

  • JPL Voyager Award (2017)
    • For leading the Lab-wide conference travel adjudication process.
  • JPL Explorer Award (2014)
    • For leading the winning SHERLOC instrument proposal for Mars 2020
  • JPL Mariner Award, MSL Science Operations (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Extended Mission-1 Science and Operations Team (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Non-Percussive Drilling Development Team (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Prime Mission Science and Operations Team (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL SA/SPaH Dirty Testing Team (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Instrument Cost Model Team (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Project Operations Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Surface Sampling and Science Systems Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Development of the NASA Instrument Cost Model (2007)
  • Team Bonus Award, Mars Roadmapping Support Team) (2006)
  • Team Bonus Award, Mars Next Decade Study Team, In situ Sample Processing Team) (2004)
  • Outstanding Physics Graduate Student, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (1996-97)

Selected Publications

  1. Carrier Brandi, Luther Beegle, William Abbey, Rohit Bhartia, Yang Liu (2019) Attenuation of Ultraviolet Radiation in Rocks & Minerals: Implications for Mars Science. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. In Press
  2. Eshelman, E. J., M. J. Malaska, K. S. Manatt, I. J. Doloboff, G. Wanger, M. C. Willis, W. J. Abbey, L. W. Beegle, J. C. Priscu, and R. Bhartia (2019) WATSON: In Situ Organic Detection in Subsurface Ice Using Deep-UV Fluorescence Spectroscopy. Astrobiology 19 (6) 771-784. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2018.1925
  3. Sapers, H. M., J Razzell Hollis, R. Bhartia, L.W. Beegle, V. J. Orphan, J.P. Amend (2019) The Cell and the Sum of Its Parts: Patterns of Complexity in Biosignatures as Revealed by Deep UV Raman Spectroscopy. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00679
  4. Abbey, W. J., R. C. Anderson, L. Beegle, J. Hurowitz, K. Williford, G. Peters, J. M. Morookian, C. Collins, J. Feldman, R. Kinnett, L. Jandura, D. Limonadi, C. Logan, S, McCloskey, J. Melko, A. Okon, M. Robinson, C. Roumeliotis, C. Seybold, J. Singer, N. Warner (2018). A Look Back: The Drilling Campaign of the Curiosity Rover during the Mars Science Laboratory's Prime Mission. Icarus 319, 1-13. DOI:
  5. Peters, G.H., E.M. Carey, R.C. Anderson, W.J. Abbey, R. Kinnett, J.A. Watkins, M. Schemel, M.O. Lashore, M.D. Chasek, W. Green,L.W. Beegle, A.R. Vasavada (2018). Uniaxial compressive strengths of rocks drilled at Gale crater, Mars. Geophysical Research Letters 45, 108-116. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075965
  6. Abbey, W. J., R. Bhartia,L. W. Beegle, L. DeFlores, V. Paez, K. Sijapati, S. Sijapati, K. Williford, M. Tuite, W. Hug, R. Reid (2017). Deep UV Raman spectroscopy for planetary exploration: The search for in situ organics. Icarus 290, 201-214. DOI 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.01.039 0019-1035
  7. Jackson, R., R.C. Wiens, D. Vaniman,L. W. Beegle, O. Gasnault, H. Newsom, S. Maurice, P.-Y. Meslin, S. Clegg, A. Cousin, S. Schröder, J. Williams (2016). ChemCam investigation of the John Klein and Cumberland drill holes and tailings, Gale crater, Mars. Icarus 277, 330-341. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.04.026
  8. Anderson, R. C.,L. W. Beegle, J. Hurowitz, C. Hanson, W. Abbey, C. Seybold, D. Liminodi, S. Kuhn, L. Jandura, K. Brown, G. Peters, C. Roumeliotis, M. Robinson, K. Edgett, M. Minitti and J. Grotzinger (2015). The Mars Science Laboratory scooping campaign at Rocknest. Icarus 256: 66-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.03.033
  9. Grotzinger, J. P., D. Y. Sumner, L. C. Kah, K. Stack, S. Gupta, L. Edgar, D. Rubin, K. Lewis, J. Schieber, N. Mangold, R. Milliken, P. G. Conrad, D. DesMarais, J. Farmer, K. Siebach, F. Calef, J. Hurowitz, S. M. McLennan, D. Ming, D. Vaniman, J. Crisp, A. Vasavada, K. S. Edgett, M. Malin, D. Blake, R. Gellert, P. Mahaffy, R. C. Wiens, S. Maurice, J. A. Grant, S. Wilson, R. C. Anderson,L. Beegle, R. Arvidson, B. Hallet, R. S. Sletten, M. Rice, J. Bell, J. Griffes, B. Ehlmann, R. B. Anderson, T. F. Bristow, W. E. Dietrich, G. Dromart, J. Eigenbrode, A. Fraeman, C. Hardgrove, K. Herkenhoff, L. Jandura, G. Kocurek, S. Lee, L. A. Leshin, R. Leveille, D. Limonadi, J. Maki, S. McCloskey, M. Meyer, M. Minitti, H. Newsom, D. Oehler, A. Okon, M. Palucis, T. Parker, S. Rowland, M. Schmidt, S. Squyres, A. Steele, E. Stolper, R. Summons, A. Treiman, R. Williams, A. Yingst and M. S. L. S. Team (2014). A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343(6169). Doi: 10.1126/science.1242777.
  10. Farley, K. A., C. Malespin, P. Mahaffy, J. P. Grotzinger, P. M. Vasconcelos, R. E. Milliken, M. Malin, K. S. Edgett, A. A. Pavlov, J. A. Hurowitz, J. A. Grant, H. B. Miller, R. Arvidson,L. Beegle, F. Calef, P. G. Conrad, W. E. Dietrich, J. Eigenbrode, R. Gellert, S. Gupta, V. Hamilton, D. M. Hassler, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, D. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, S. P. Schwenzer, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, D. Vaniman, A. Vasavada, K. Williford, R. F. Wimmer-Schweingruber and MSL Science Team (2014). In Situ Radiometric and Exposure Age Dating of the Martian Surface. Science 343(6169). Doi: 10.1126/science.1247166
  11. Sokol, E., R. J. Noll, R. G. Cooks, L. W. Beegle, H. I. Kim, and I. Kanik Electrospray Ionization using a Miniature Mass Spectrometer to Model In Situ Analysis of Bio-organic Materials in Planetary Ices. Submitted to International Journal of Mass Spectroscopy (2010).
  12. Kim H. I., H. Kim, Y. S. Shin, L. W. Beegle, W. A. Goddard, J. R. Heath, I. Kanik, and J. L. Beauchamp (2010) Time Resolved Studies of Interfacial Reactions of Ozone with Pulmonary Phospholipid Surfactants Using Field Induced Droplet Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, 9496-9503.
  13. Kim, H. I., Y. Shin, H. Kim, L. W. Beegle, J. Heath, W. Goddard, I. Kanik, and J. L. Beauchamp, (2010) Investigation of Air-Liquid Interfacial Activities of Surfactant Lipids: Chemical and Physical Alteration of Surfactant under Oxidative Stress. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132, 2254-2263.
  14. Beegle, L.W., G. H. Peters, R. C. Anderson, R. Bhartia, A. G. Ball, and L. Sollitt (2009). Particle Sieving and Sorting Under Simulated Martian Conditions. Icarus 204, 687-696 doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.07.008
  15. Anderson R. C., L. W. Beegle, Gregory H. Peters, G. Fleming, L.Jandura, K. Kriechbaum, K. Manatt, A. Okon, E. Pounders, L. Sollitt, and D. Sunshine (2009). Particle Transport and Distribution on the Mars Science Laboratory Mission: Effects of Triboelectric charging. Icarus 204, 545-557 doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.07.006.
  16. Kim, H. I., H. Kim, E. Pang, L. W. Beegle, J. Loo, W. A. Goddard and I. Kanik (2009). Structural Characterization of Phospholipids Using Traveling Wave Ion Mobility Spectrometry in N2, Analytical Chemistry 81 (20), 8289-8297 doi: 10.1021/ac900672a.
  17. Peters, G.H. G. S. Mungas, G. H. Bearman, S. Douglas, W. Abbey, R.C. Anderson, and L. W. Beegle (2008). Mojave Mars Simulant - a New Approach to Martian Soil Simulants. Icarus 197( 2): 470-479.
  18. Liu, D., L. W. Beegle, and I. Kanik. (2008). Analysis of Underivatized Amino Acids of Geological Interest using Ion-Pairing Liquid Chromatography/Electrospray Ionization/Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Astrobiology 8(2), 229-241 doi: 10.1089/ast.2007.0176
  19. Kim, H, H. I. Kim, P. V. Johnson, L. W. Beegle, J. L. Beauchamp, W. A. Goddard, and I. Kanik (2008). An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation into the Correlation between Mass and Ion Mobility for Choline and Other Ammonium Cations in N2 Analytical Chemistry 80 (6), 1928-1936 doi: 10.1021/ac701888e.
  20. Peters, G. H., J. A. Smith, G. S. Mungas, G. H. Bearman, L. Shiraishi and L. W. Beegle* (2008). RASP based sample acquisition of analogue Martian permafrost samples: Implications for NASA's Phoenix scout mission, Planetary and Space Science 56 (3-4), 303-309 doi:10.1016/j.pss.2007.10.001.
  21. Beegle, L. W., M. G. Wilson, F. Abilleira, J. F. Jordan and G. R. Wilson (2007). A concept for NASA's mars 2016 astrobiology field laboratory. Astrobiology 7 (4): 545-577.
  22. Johnson, P. V., L. W. Beegle, H. I. Kim, G. A. Eiceman and I. Kanik (2007). Ion mobility spectrometry in space exploration. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 262 (1-2): 1-15.
  23. Kim, H. I., P. V. Johnson, L. W. Beegle, J. L. Beauchamp and I. Kanik (2005). Electrospray ionization ion mobility spectrometry of carboxylate anions: Ion mobilities and a mass-mobility correlation. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 109 (35): 7888-7895.
  24. Johnson, P. V., H. I. Kim, L. W. Beegle and I. Kanik (2004). Electrospray ionization ion mobility spectrometry of amino acids: Ion mobilities and a mass-mobility correlation. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 108 (27): 5785-5792.
  25. Ajello, J. M., D. L. Hansen, L. W. Beegle, C. A. Terrell, I. Kanik, G. K. James and O. P. Makarov (2002). Middle ultraviolet and visible spectrum of SO2 by electron impact. Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics 107 (A7.
  26. Beegle, L. W., I. Kanik, L. Matz and H. H. Hill (2002). Effects of drift-gas polarizability on glycine peptides in ion mobility spectrometry. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 216 (3): 257-268.
  27. Matz, L. M., H. H. Hill, L. W. Beegle and I. Kanik (2002). Investigation of drift gas selectivity in high resolution ion mobility spectrometry with mass spectrometry detection. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 13 (4): 300-307.
  28. Kanik I. and L.W. Beegle. Portable Instrument Detects Very Dilute Airborne Organics. NASA Tech Briefs, 71-72, March 2002.
  29. Beegle, L. W., I. Kanik, L. Matz and H. H. Hill (2001). Electrospray ionization nigh-resolution ion mobility spectrometry for the detection of organic compounds, 1. Amino acids. Analytical Chemistry 73 (13): 3028-3034.
  30. Beegle, L. W., T. J. Wdowiak and J. G. Harrison (2001). Hydrogenation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a factor affecting the cosmic 6.2 micron emission band. Spectrochimica Acta Part a-Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 57 (4): 737-744.
  31. Kanik, I., L. W. Beegle, J. M. Ajello and S. C. Solomon (2000). Electron-impact excitation/emission and photoabsorption cross sections important in the terrestrial airglow and auroral analysis of rocket and satellite observations. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth Part C-Solar-Terrestial and Planetary Science 25 (5-6): 573-581.
  32. Arnoult, K. M., T. J. Wdowiak and L. W. Beegle (2000). Laboratory investigation of the contribution of complex aromatic/aliphatic polycyclic hybrid molecular structures to interstellar ultraviolet extinction and infrared emission. Astrophysical Journal 535 (2): 815-822.
  33. Beegle, L. W., J. M. Ajello, G. K. James, D. Dziczek and M. Alvarez (1999). High resolution emission spectroscopy of the A (1)Pi-X (1)Sigma(+) fourth positive band system of CO excited by electron impact. Astronomy and Astrophysics 347 (1): 375-390.
  34. Kanik, I., L. Beegle, C. Noren, S. M. Ahmed and R. Link (1997). Temperature-dependent photoabsorption cross section measurements of O-2 at the NI airglow and auroral emission Lines. Chemical Physics Letters 279 (5-6): 297-302.
  35. Beegle, L. W., T. J. Wdowiak, M. S. Robinson, J. R. Cronin, M. D. McGehee, S. J. Clemett and S. Gillette (1997). Experimental indication of a naphthalene-base molecular aggregate for the carrier of the 2175 angstrom interstellar extinction feature. Astrophysical Journal 487 (2): 976-982.
  36. Beegle, L. W., T. J. Wdowiak and K. M. Arnoult (1997). A laboratory analog for the carrier of the 3 micron emission of the protoplanetary nebula IRAS 05341+0852. Astrophysical Journal 486 (2): L153-L155.
  37. Robinson, M. S., L. W. Beegle and T. J. Wdowiak (1997). Inference of a 7.75 eV lower limit in the ultraviolet pumping of interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon cations with resulting unidentified infrared emissions. Astrophysical Journal 474 (1): 474-478.
  38. Wdowiak, T. J., W. Lee, J. Cronin, L. W. Beegle and M. S. Robinson (1995). Plasma Processing of Interstellar Pahs into Solar-System Kerogen. Planetary and Space Science 43 (10-11): 1175-1182.
  39. Robinson, M. S., L. W. Beegle and T. J. Wdowiak (1995). Spectroscopy of PAH Species in the Gas-Phase. Planetary and Space Science 43 (10-11): 1293-1296.
  40. Wdowiak, T. J., L. W. Beegle, M. S. Robinson and W. Lee (1995). Dibs in Captivity. Planetary and Space Science 43 (10-11): 1429-1435.