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Jodi Berdis

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Staff Scientist
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  • PhD, Astronomy
    2021, New Mexico State University
  • MS, Astronomy
    2018, New Mexico State University
  • BS, Astrophysics
    2015, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Jodi Berdis defended her PhD in Astronomy from New Mexico State University in March 2021. During her PhD at NMSU, she was a NASA Jenkins Graduate Fellow and conducted part of her research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her dissertation was focused on the composition of Europa’s surface, and consisted of laboratory-, ground-, and space-based spectroscopic observations, including remote sensing, as well as modeling efforts to constrain the water ice crystallinity of Europa’s surface.

At APL, she is a facilitator for the Surface Power and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) focus groups in the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC), dedicated to building collaborations in academia and industry to achieve sustained human presence on the Moon. She is the organizer for the Neptune/Triton System Seminar Series (http://neptuneodyssey.jhuapl.edu/Events/), and leads a project dedicated to identifying whether a flyby spacecraft to a potentially hazardous asteriod (PHA) could acquire sufficient imagery for planetary defense characterization. She is especially interested in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, and serves on the Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS).

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2021-Present Member of AAS DPS Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee
2017-2021 NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
2020, 2021 NMSU Scott Murrell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award, in recognition of professional development and research accomplishment.
2016-2021 Group Facilitator of NMSU Inclusive Astronomy
2020 Project Manager of JPL Planetary Science Summer School Mission Concept Study
2017 President of NMSU Astronomy Graduate Student Organization

Scholarly Publications

Europa’s Surface Water-ice Crystallinity and Correlations between Lineae and Hydrate Composition

The Planetary Science Journal, 2022
Jodi R. Berdis, James R. Murphy, Nancy J. Chanover, (2022), Europa's Surface Water-ice Crystallinity and Correlations between Lineae and Hydrate Composition, The Planetary Science Journal , 3, 2, 36, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/ac4cb6

Tiger: Concept Study for a New Frontiers Enceladus Habitability Mission

The Planetary Science Journal, 2021
Elizabeth M. Spiers, Jessica M. Weber, Chandrakanth Venigalla, Andrew M. Annex, Christine P. Chen, Carina Lee, Patrick Clifton Gray, Kathleen J. McIntyre, Jodi R. Berdis, Shane R. Carberry Mogan, Paula do Vale Pereira, Saroj Kumar, William O’Neill, Elizabeth A. Czajka, Perianne E. Johnson, Alyssa Pascuzzo, Sindhoora Tallapragada, Deanna Phillips, Karl Mitchell, Alfred Nash, Jennifer Scully, Leslie Lowes, (2021), Tiger: Concept Study for a New Frontiers Enceladus Habitability Mission, The Planetary Science Journal , 2, 5, 195, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/ac19b7

Europa’s surface water ice crystallinity: Discrepancy between observations and thermophysical and particle flux modeling

Icarus, 2020
Jodi R. Berdis, Murthy S. Gudipati, James R. Murphy, Nancy J. Chanover, (2020), Europa's surface water ice crystallinity: Discrepancy between observations and thermophysical and particle flux modeling, Icarus, 341, 113660, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113660