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Kimberly Seelos

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Planetary geologist; Spectroscopist
240-228-8415
  • B.S., Geology
    1999, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • M.A., Earth and Planetary Science
    2002, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Science
    2006, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Kim's research involves the investigation of geologic relationships and mineralogy of solid surface planets using visible/near-infrared remote sensing datasets. Her current focus is on understanding the distribution and formation of phyllosilicates and other alteration minerals indicative of past aqueous activity, as well as primary mineralogy and ices, on Mars. Her recent work has focused on alteration minerals in Gale crater, Margaritifer Terra, and the Huygens impact basins. She has mentored students in Mars research projects that investigate oxalate minerals, lower crustal materials exposed in impact basin rings, and spectrally distinct eolian deposits that form a chain of maculae near the base of Olympus Mons. She is also the Science Operations Lead for the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and for the Dragonfly mission to Titan that is expected to launch in 2026.

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2001 - Present American Geophysical Union, member
1998 - Present Geological Society of America, member
2008 - 2016 Mars Exploration Student Data Team mentor
2015 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award, CRISM Operations Team for Comet Siding Spring Observing Campaign
2014 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award, CRISM Operations Team for MSL Relay Operations Support
2004 - 2013 Mineralogical Society of America, member
2012 Outstanding STEM Volunteer, JHU/APL
2011 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award, CRISM Science Team

Scholarly Publications

Anomalous Phyllosilicate‐Bearing Outcrops South of Coprates Chasma: A Study of Possible Emplacement Mechanisms

Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2019
Debra L. Buczkowski, Kimberly D. Seelos, Christina E. Viviano, Scott L. Murchie, Frank P. Seelos, Eric Malaret, Christopher Hash, (2019), Anomalous Phyllosilicate-Bearing Outcrops South of Coprates Chasma: A Study of Possible Emplacement Mechanisms, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019je006043

The distribution, composition, and particle properties of Mars mesospheric aerosols: An analysis of CRISM visible/near-IR limb spectra with context from near-coincident MCS and MARCI observations

Icarus, 2019
R. Todd Clancy, Michael J. Wolff, Michael D. Smith, Armin Kleinböhl, Bruce A. Cantor, Scott L. Murchie, Anthony D. Toigo, Kim Seelos, Franck Lefèvre, Franck Montmessin, Frank Daerden, Brad J. Sandor, (2019), The distribution, composition, and particle properties of Mars mesospheric aerosols: An analysis of CRISM visible/near-IR limb spectra with context from near-coincident MCS and MARCI observations, Icarus, 328, 246--273, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.025

How Much of the Sediment in Gale Crater's Central Mound Was Fluvially Transported?

Geophysical Research Letters, 2019
Bradley J. Thomson, Debra L. Buczkowski, Larry S. Crumpler, Kimberly D. Seelos, Caleb I. Fassett, (2019), How Much of the Sediment in Gale Crater's Central Mound Was Fluvially Transported?, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 10, 5092--5099, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018gl081727

Discovery of alunite in Cross crater, Terra Sirenum, Mars: Evidence for acidic, sulfurous waters

American Mineralogist, 2016
Bethany L. Ehlmann, Gregg A. Swayze, Ralph E. Milliken, John F. Mustard, Roger N. Clark, Scott L. Murchie, George N. Breit, James J. Wray, Brigitte Gondet, Francois Poulet, John Carter, Wendy M. Calvin, William M. Benzel, Kimberly D. Seelos, (2016), Discovery of alunite in Cross crater, Terra Sirenum, Mars: Evidence for acidic, sulfurous waters, American Mineralogist, 101, 7, 1527--1542, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2016-5574

Orbital evidence for more widespread carbonate-bearing rocks on Mars

Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2016
James J. Wray, Scott L. Murchie, Janice L. Bishop, Bethany L. Ehlmann, Ralph E. Milliken, Mary Beth Wilhelm, Kimberly D. Seelos, Matthew Chojnacki, (2016), Orbital evidence for more widespread carbonate-bearing rocks on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 121, 4, 652--677, https://doi.org/10.1002/2015je004972

New insights into gully formation on Mars: Constraints from composition as seen by MRO/CRISM

Geophysical Research Letters, 2016
J. I. Núñez, O. S. Barnouin, S. L. Murchie, F. P. Seelos, J. A. McGovern, K. D. Seelos, D. L. Buczkowski, (2016), New insights into gully formation on Mars: Constraints from composition as seen by MRO/CRISM, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 17, 8893--8902, https://doi.org/10.1002/2016gl068956

Knob heights within circum-Caloris geologic units on Mercury: Interpretations of the geologic history of the region

Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2015
S.E. Ackiss, D.L. Buczkowski, C.M. Ernst, J.A. McBeck, K.D. Seelos, (2015), Knob heights within circum-Caloris geologic units on Mercury: Interpretations of the geologic history of the region, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 542--550, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.08.003

Mineralogy of the MSL Curiosity landing site in Gale crater as observed by MRO/CRISM

Geophysical Research Letters, 2014
Kimberly D. Seelos, Frank P. Seelos, Christina E. Viviano-Beck, Scott L. Murchie, Raymond E. Arvidson, Bethany L. Ehlmann, Abigail A. Fraeman, (2014), Mineralogy of the MSL Curiosity landing site in Gale crater as observed by MRO/CRISM, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 14, 4880-4887

Revised CRISM spectral parameters and summary products based on the currently detected mineral diversity on Mars

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2014
Christina E. Viviano-Beck, Frank P. Seelos, Scott L. Murchie, Eliezer G. Kahn, Kimberley D. Seelos, Howard W. Taylor, Kelly Taylor, Bethany L. Ehlmann, Sandra M. Wisemann, John F. Mustard, M. Frank Morgan, (2014), Revised CRISM spectral parameters and summary products based on the currently detected mineral diversity on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 119, 6, 1403-1431

A hematite-bearing layer in Gale Crater, Mars: Mapping and implications for past aqueous conditions

Geology, 2013
A. A. Fraeman, R. E. Arvidson, J. G. Catalano, J. P. Grotzinger, R. V. Morris, S. L. Murchie, K. M. Stack, D. C. Humm, J. A. McGovern, F. P. Seelos, K. D. Seelos, C. E. Viviano, (2013), A hematite-bearing layer in Gale Crater, Mars: Mapping and implications for past aqueous conditions, Geology, 41, 10, 1103-1106

Extensive MRO CRISM observations of 1.27 mu m O-2 airglow in Mars polar night and their comparison to MRO MCS temperature profiles and LMD GCM simulations (vol 117, E00J10, 2012)

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2013
R. Todd Clancy, Brad J. Sandor, Michael J. Wolff, Michael D. Smith, Franck Lefevre, Jean-Baptiste Madeleine, Francois Forget, Scott L. Murchie, Frank P. Seelos, Kim D. Seelos, Hari Nair, Anthony D. Toigo, David Humm, David M. Kass, Armin Kleinboehl, Nicholas Heavens, (2013), Extensive MRO CRISM observations of 1.27 mu m O-2 airglow in Mars polar night and their comparison to MRO MCS temperature profiles and LMD GCM simulations (vol 117, E00J10, 2012), Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 118, 5, 1148-1154

Extensive MRO CRISM observations of 1.27 mu m O-2 airglow in Mars polar night and their comparison to MRO MCS temperature profiles and LMD GCM simulations

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2012
R. Todd Clancy, Brad J. Sandor, Michael J. Wolff, Michael D. Smith, Franck Lefevre, Jean-Baptiste Madeleine, Francois Forget, Scott L. Murchie, Frank P. Seelos, Kim D. Seelos, Hari A. Nair, Anthony D. Toigo, David Humm, David M. Kass, Armin Kleinboehl, Nicholas Heavens, (2012), Extensive MRO CRISM observations of 1.27 mu m O-2 airglow in Mars polar night and their comparison to MRO MCS temperature profiles and LMD GCM simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 117

Giant polygons and circular graben in western Utopia basin, Mars: Exploring possible formation mechanisms

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2012
Debra L. Buczkowski, Kim D. Seelos, Michele L. Cooke, (2012), Giant polygons and circular graben in western Utopia basin, Mars: Exploring possible formation mechanisms, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 117

Evidence for episodic alluvial fan formation in far western Terra Tyrrhena, Mars

Icarus, 2011
Rebecca M. E. Williams, A. Deanne Rogers, Matthew Chojnacki, Joseph Boyce, Kimberly D. Seelos, Craig Hardgrove, Frank Chuang, (2011), Evidence for episodic alluvial fan formation in far western Terra Tyrrhena, Mars, Icarus, 211, 1, 222-237

Investigation of an Argyre basin ring structure using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2010
Debra L. Buczkowski, Scott Murchie, Roger Clark, Kim Seelos, Frank Seelos, Erick Malaret, Christopher Hash, (2010), Investigation of an Argyre basin ring structure using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 115

Silica in a Mars analog environment: Ka'u Desert, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2010
Kimberly D. Seelos, Raymond E. Arvidson, Bradley L. Jolliff, Steven M. Chemtob, Richard V. Morris, Douglas W. Ming, Gregg A. Swayze, (2010), Silica in a Mars analog environment: Ka'u Desert, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 115

Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars observations of northern Martian latitudes in summer

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2009
W. M. Calvin, L. H. Roach, F. P. Seelos, K. D. Seelos, R. O. Green, S. L. Murchie, J. F. Mustard, (2009), Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars observations of northern Martian latitudes in summer, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 114

Distribution of Mid-Latitude Ground Ice on Mars from New Impact Craters

Science, 2009
Shane Byrne, Colin M. Dundas, Megan R. Kennedy, Michael T. Mellon, Alfred S. McEwen, Selby C. Cull, Ingrid J. Daubar, David E. Shean, Kimberly D. Seelos, Scott L. Murchie, Bruce A. Cantor, Raymond E. Arvidson, Kenneth S. Edgett, Andreas Reufer, Nicolas Thomas, Tanya N. Harrison, Liliya V. Posiolova, Frank P. Seelos, (2009), Distribution of Mid-Latitude Ground Ice on Mars from New Impact Craters, Science, 325, 5948, 1674-1676

Geomorphic and geologic settings of the Phoenix Lander mission landing site

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2009
T. L. Heet, R. E. Arvidson, S. C. Cull, M. T. Mellon, K. D. Seelos, (2009), Geomorphic and geologic settings of the Phoenix Lander mission landing site, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 114

Phoenix Landing Site Hazard Assessment and Selection

Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2009
David A. Spencer, Douglas S. Adams, Eugene Bonfiglio, Matthew Golombek, Raymond Arvidson, Kim Seelos, (2009), Phoenix Landing Site Hazard Assessment and Selection, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 46, 6, 1196-1201

Geomorphologic and mineralogic characterization of the northern plains of Mars at the Phoenix Mission candidate landing sites

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2008
K. D. Seelos, R. E. Arvidson, S. C. Cull, C. D. Hash, T. L. Heet, E. A. Guinness, P. C. McGuire, R. V. Morris, S. L. Murchie, T. J. Parker, T. L. Roush, F. P. Seelos, M. J. Wolff, (2008), Geomorphologic and mineralogic characterization of the northern plains of Mars at the Phoenix Mission candidate landing sites, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 113

Hydrated silicate minerals on mars observed by the Mars reconnaissance orbiter CRISM instrument

Nature, 2008
John F. Mustard, S. L. Murchie, S. M. Pelkey, B. L. Ehlmann, R. E. Milliken, J. A. Grant, J. -P. Bibring, F. Poulet, J. Bishop, E. Noe Dobrea, L. Roach, F. Seelos, R. E. Arvidson, S. Wiseman, R. Green, C. Hash, D. Humm, E. Malaret, J. A. McGovern, K. Seelos, T. Clancy, R. Clark, D. Des Marais, N. Izenberg, A. Knudson, Y. Langevin, T. Martin, P. McGuire, R. Morris, M. Robinson, T. Roush, M. Smith, G. Swayze, H. Taylor, T. Titus, M. Wolff, (2008), Hydrated silicate minerals on mars observed by the Mars reconnaissance orbiter CRISM instrument, Nature, 454, 7202, 305-309

Mars Exploration Program 2007 Phoenix landing site selection and characteristics

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2008
R. Arvidson, D. Adams, G. Bonfiglio, P. Christensen, S. Cull, M. Golombek, J. Guinn, E. Guinness, T. Heet, R. Kirk, A. Knudson, M. Malin, M. Mellon, A. McEwen, A. Mushkin, T. Parker, F. Seelos, K. Seelos, P. Smith, D. Spencer, T. Stein, L. Tamppari, (2008), Mars Exploration Program 2007 Phoenix landing site selection and characteristics, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 113

MRO/CRISM Retrieval of Surface Lambert Albedos for Multispectral Mapping of Mars With DISORT-Based Radiative Transfer Modeling: Phase 1-Using Historical Climatology for Temperatures, Aerosol Optical Depths, and Atmospheric Pressures

Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2008
Patrick C. McGuire, Michael J. Wolff, Michael D. Smith, Raymond E. Arvidson, Scott L. Murchie, R. Todd Clancy, Ted L. Roush, Selby C. Cull, Kim A. Lichtenberg, Sandra M. Wiseman, Robert O. Green, Terry Z. Martin, Ralph E. Milliken, Peter J. Cavender, David C. Humm, Frank P. Seelos, Kim D. Seelos, Howard W. Taylor, Bethany L. Ehlmann, John F. Mustard, Shannon M. Pelkey, Timothy N. Titus, Christopher D. Hash, Erick R. Malaret, CRISM Team, (2008), MRO/CRISM Retrieval of Surface Lambert Albedos for Multispectral Mapping of Mars With DISORT-Based Radiative Transfer Modeling: Phase 1-Using Historical Climatology for Temperatures, Aerosol Optical Depths, and Atmospheric Pressures, Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 46, 12, 4020-4040

Size-frequency distributions of rocks on the northern plains of Mars with special reference to Phoenix landing surfaces

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2008
M. P. Golombek, A. Huertas, J. Marlow, B. McGrane, C. Klein, M. Martinez, R. E. Arvidson, T. Heet, L. Barry, K. Seelos, D. Adams, W. Li, J. R. Matijevic, T. Parker, H. G. Sizemore, M. Mellon, A. S. McEwen, L. K. Tamppari, Y. Cheng, (2008), Size-frequency distributions of rocks on the northern plains of Mars with special reference to Phoenix landing surfaces, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 113

A closer look at water-related geologic activity on Mars

Science, 2007
A. S. McEwen, C. J. Hansen, W. A. Delamere, E. M. Eliason, K. E. Herkenhoff, L. Keszthelyi, V. C. Gulick, R. L. Kirk, M. T. Mellon, J. A. Grant, N. Thomas, C. M. Weitz, S. W. Squyres, N. T. Bridges, S. L. Murchie, F. Seelos, K. Seelos, C. H. Okubo, M. P. Milazzo, L. L. Tornabene, W. L. Jaeger, S. Byrne, P. S. Russell, J. L. Griffes, S. Martinez-Alonso, A. Davatzes, F. C. Chuang, B. J. Thomson, K. E. Fishbaugh, C. M. Dundas, K. J. Kolb, M. E. Banks, J. J. Wray, (2007), A closer look at water-related geologic activity on Mars, Science, 317, 5845, 1706-1709

Hyperspectral reflectance mapping of cinder cones at the summit of Mauna Kea and implications for equivalent observations on Mars

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2007
Edward A. Guinness, Raymond E. Arvidson, Bradley L. Jolliff, Kim D. Seelos, Frank P. Seelos, Douglas W. Ming, Richard V. Morris, Trevor G. Graff, (2007), Hyperspectral reflectance mapping of cinder cones at the summit of Mauna Kea and implications for equivalent observations on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 112, E8

Investigating Martian history with the CRISM imaging spectrometer

Johns Hopkins Apl Technical Digest, 2006
S. L. Murchie, K. J. Heffernan, P. D. Bedini, D. C. Humm, P. L. Thompson, J. Lees, M. J. Wirzburger, H. Darlington, J. D. Boldt, K. Strohbehn, D. A. Lohr, J. R. Hayes, F. P. Seelos, T. H. Choo, J. A. McGovern, E. Malaret, C. Hash, P. J. Cavender, D. L. Buczkowski, M. F. Morgan, K. D. Seelos, H. W. Taylor, (2006), Investigating Martian history with the CRISM imaging spectrometer, Johns Hopkins Apl Technical Digest, 27, 2, 145-155

Nature and origin of the hematite-bearing plains of Terra Meridiani based on analyses of orbital and Mars Exploration rover data sets

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2006
R. E. Arvidson, F. Poulet, R. V. Morris, J. -P. Bibring, J. F. Bell, S. W. Squyres, P. R. Christensen, G. Bellucci, B. Gondet, B. L. Ehlmann, W. H. Farrand, R. L. Fergason, M. Golombek, J. L. Griffes, J. Grotzinger, E. A. Guinness, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. R. Johnson, G. Klingelhoefer, Y. Langevin, D. Ming, K. Seelos, R. J. Sullivan, J. G. Ward, S. M. Wiseman, M. Wolff, (2006), Nature and origin of the hematite-bearing plains of Terra Meridiani based on analyses of orbital and Mars Exploration rover data sets, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 111, E12