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David Senske

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Europa Clipper Deputy Project Scientist


David Senske is a Research Scientist in the Science Division

In 1984, Dr. Senske received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Arizona. He received his ScM. and PhD. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1989 and 1993 respectively. Prior to receiving his advanced degrees, Dr. Senske worked as a researcher in marine geology at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has worked on numerous NASA missions including the Magellan mission to Venus, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, Mars Polar Lander, and served as the NASA Headquarters Program Scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Currently, Dr. Senske it the Deputy Project Scientist for the Europa Clipper Mission.


  • PhD., Geological Sciences, Brown University (1993)
  • Sc.M., Geological Sciences, Brown University (1989)
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, University of Arizona (1984)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1999-Present)
    • Research Scientist
    • Deputy Project Scientist, Europa Clipper
    • Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Odyssey
    • Program Manager, Solar System Exploration Office of Science Research and Analysis
  • NASA Headquarters (Detailee from JPL, 2000-2002)
    • Discipline Scientist for Planetary Geology and Geophysics Research Program
    • Program Scientist, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Sterling Software (1994-1999)
    • Science Coordinator Galileo Solid State Imaging (SSI) System
    • Mission Science Support
  • National Research Council Research Associate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1992-1994)
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/USGS Woods Hole (1985-1986)
    • Research Assistant
    • Geologic Field Assistant

Community Service

  • Deputy Study Scientist, Europa Flagship Science Definition Teams
  • Co-Chair of Jupiter System Observer Science Definition Team
  • JIMO Science Definition Team
  • Co-Chair of Joint NASA/IKI Venera-D Science Definition Team
  • Co-Chair NASA Venus Flagship Science Definition Team
  • NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics review panel chair
  • NASA Planetary Geology Management Operations Working Group
  • NASA Planetary Geology Planetary Cartography and Mapping Working Group

Research Interests

Evolution of the crust of Europa over time as revealed through its geology and stratigraphy

  • Processes that drive the geology of the icy satellites
  • Understanding the relation between rifting and volcanism on Venus and their relation to interior dynamics
  • Understanding the evolution of the surface of Venus through geologic mapping

Selected Awards

  • JPL Voyager Award (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards:
    • Europa Geologic Mapping Team (2019)
    • 2001 Mars Odyssey Project Management Team (2005)
    • 2001 Mars Odyssey Science Operations Support Team (2005)
    • Jupiter Icey Moons Orbiter (2005)
    • Galileo Project Team (1998)
    • Magellan Project, Gravity data collection (1994)
    • Magellan Project (1992)

Selected Publications

  1. Leonard, E., D. A. Patthoff, D. A. Senske, Global Geologic Map of Europa, USGS, in press, 2021.
  2. Resor, P. G., M. S. Gilmore, B. Straley, D. A. Senske, R. R. Herrick, Felsic Tesserae on Venus Permitted by Lithospheric Deformation Models, J. Geophys. Res., in press, 2021.
  3. Byrne, P., R. Ghail, M. Gilmore, A. M. Celal Sengor, C. Klimczak, D. Senske, J. Whitten, S. Khawja, R. Ernst, S. Solomon, Venus tesserae feature layered, folded, and eroded rocks, Geology, 2020.
  4. Pappalardo, R. T., S. Vance, F. Bagenal, B. Bills, D. Blaney, D. Blankenship, W. Brinckerhoff, J. Connerney, K. Hand, T. Hoehler, J. Leisner, W. Kurth, M. McGrath, M. Mellon, J. Moore, W. Patterson, L. Prockter, D. Senske, B Schmidt, E. Shock, D. Smith, K. Soderlund, Science Potential from a Europa Lander, Astrobiology, vol. 13, issue 8, pp. 740-773, 2013.
  5. Senske, D., J. Plaut, and the Mars Odyssey Team, Two Mars years of Science Operations: Results from the Mars Odyssey Mission, Proceedings of the 25th ISTS, 2006.
  6. Moore, J., E. Asphaug, M. Belton, B. Bierhaus, H. Breneman, S. Brooks, C. Chapman, F. Chuang, G. Collins, B. Giese, R. Greeley, J. Head, S. Kadel, K. KLaasen, J. Klemaszewski, K. Magee, J. Moreau, D. Morrison, G. Neukum, R. Pappalardo, C. Phillips, P. Schenk, D. Senske, R. Sullivan, E. Turtle, K. Williams, Impact Features on Europa: Results of the Galileo Europa Mission (GEM), Icarus, 151, 93-111, 2001.
  7. Greeley, R., G. Collins, N. Spaun, R. Sullivan, J., Moore, D. Senske, R. Tufts, T. Johnson, M. Belton, K. Tanaka, Geologic mapping of Europa, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 22559-22578, 2000.
  8. Prockter, L., J. Head, D. Senske, R. Pappalardo, G. Neukum. R. Wagner, U. Wolf, J. Oberst, B. Giese, J. Moore, C. Chapman, P. Helfenstein, R. Greeley, H. Breneman, M. Belton, Dark Terrain on Ganymede: Geological Mapping of Galileo Regio at High Resolution, Icarus, 135, 317-344, 1998.
  9. Bender, K., D. Senske, and R. Greeley, Geologic Map of the Carson Quadrangle, Venus, USGS, 1997.
  10. Tanaka, K., D. Senske, M. Price, and R. Kirk, Physiography, Geomorphic/Geologic Mapping and Stratigraphy of Venus, Venus II, R. J. Phillips, et. al., eds., 1997.
  11. Crumpler, L. S., J. Aubele, D. Senske, S. Keddie, K. Magee, and J. Head, Volcanoes and Centers of Volcanism on Venus, Venus II, R. J. Phillips et al., eds., 1997.
  12. Stofan, E. R., S. Smrekar, D. Bindschadler, D. Senske, Large Topographic Rises on Venus: Implications for Mantle Upwelling, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 2317-2327, 1995.
  13. Senske, D., G. Schaber, E. Stofan, Regional Topographic Rises on Venus: Geology of Western Eistla Regio and Comparison to Beta and Atla Region, J. Geophys. Res., 97, 13395-13420, 1992.
  14. Senske, D., D. Campbell, J. Head, P. Fisher, A. Hine, A. deCharon, S. Frank, S. Keddie, K. Roberts, E. Stofan, J. Aubele, L. Crumpler, and N. Stacy, Geology and Tectonics of the Themis Regio-Lavinia Planitia-Alpha Regio Area, Venus: Results from Arecibo Image Data, Earth, Moon, and Planets, 55, 97-161, 191.
  15. Senske, D., D. Campbell, E. Stofan, P. Fisher, J. Head, N. Stacy, J. Aubele, A. Hine, and J. Harmon, Geology and Tectonics of Beta Regio, Guinevere Planitia, Sedna Planitia, and Western Eistla Regio, Venus: Results from Arecibo Image Data, Earth, Moon, and Planets, 55, 163-214, 1991.
  16. Senske, D., J. Head, E. Stofan, and D. Campbell, Geology and Structure of Beta Regio, Venus: Results from Arecibo Radar Imaging, Geophys. Res. Letts. 18. 1159-1162, 1991.
  17. Campbell, D., D. Senske, J. Head, A. Hine, and P. Fisher, Venus Southern Hemisphere: Geologic Character and age of Terrains in the Themis-Alapha-Lada Regions, Science, 251, 180-183, 1991.
  18. Senske, D., Geology of the Venus Equatorial Region from Pioneer Venus Radar Imaging, Earth, Moon, and Planets, 50/51, 305-327, 1990.
  19. Ford, P. and D. Senske, The Radar Scattering Characteristics of Venus Landforms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 17, 1361-1364, 1990.