Shannon MacKenzie Print


  240-592-1521

  Shannon.MacKenzie@jhuapl.edu

: SES

:   Planetary scientist; Physicist

:  Planetary, Earth

  Cassini, VIMS, RADAR, ISS

 
Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Physics 2017 University of Idaho
MSc Physics 2015 University of Idaho
BSc Physics 2012 University of Louisville

I am a planetary scientist interested in the creation and redistribution of sediments. My current research focuses on identifying and classifying sediments on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, using data from three Cassini instruments: RADAR, ISS, and VIMS. I'm also interested in scattering processes at work in Titan's atmosphere and the use of radiative transfer modeling to understand how they interfere with remote sensing data. The potentially habitable and inhabited environments of the icy satellites, particularly Titan and Enceladus, drive my interest in astrobiology, specifically how material availabilities affect what chemistries--be they abiotic, prebiotic, or biotic--are possible. Also, using data from the Earth satellite SMAP, I'm investigating the feasibilty of using microwave radiometers as volcanic event detectors at other bodies in the solar system (e.g. Venus, Titan, Pluto).

 
AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: ASTROBIOLOGY Hydrothermal systems and weathering on other planets
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Erosion and weathering
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Hydrology and fluvial processes
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Ices
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Physical properties of materials
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS Titan
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Start Year End Year Description
2012 2017 Graduate research assistant; University of Idaho
2014 2015 Graduate teaching assistant; University of Idaho
2018 2020 Post doctoral researcher, JHU APL
2020 Current Research scientist, JHU APL
Year Description
2018, 2020 DPS SOC
2014-2017 NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship
2013 Idaho Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
2019-current Network for Ocean Worlds Steering Committee
2020-current Network for Life Detection Steering Committee
2018-current NASA grant review panelist
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Ralph D. Lorenz, Shannon M. MacKenzie, Catherine D. Neish, Alice Le Gall, Elizabeth P. Turtle, Jason W. Barnes, Melissa G. Trainer, Alyssa Werynski, Joshua Hedgepeth, Erich Karkoschka, (2021), Selection and Characteristics of the Dragonfly Landing Site near Selk Crater, Titan, The Planetary Science Journal , 2, 1, 24, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/abd08f

Viranga Perera, Chris Mead, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft, Sabine Stanley, Regupathi Angappan, Shannon MacKenzie, Ankit Barik, Sanlyn Buxner, (2021), Considering intergroup emotions to improve diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, Journal of Geoscience Education , 1--10, https://doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2021.1881863

William J. Miller, Jason W. Barnes, Shannon M. MacKenzie, (2021), Solving the AlhazentextendashPtolemy Problem: Determining Specular Points on Spherical Surfaces for Radiative Transfer of Titan's Seas, The Planetary Science Journal , 2, 2, 63, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/abe4dd

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Marc Neveu, Alfonso F. Davila, Jonathan I. Lunine, Kathleen L. Craft, Morgan L. Cable, Charity M. Phillips-Lander, Jason D. Hofgartner, Jennifer L. Eigenbrode, Jr. J. Hunter Waite, Christopher R. Glein, Robert Gold, Peter J. Greenauer, Karen Kirby, Christopher Bradburne, Samuel P. Kounaves, Michael J. Malaska, Frank Postberg, G. Wesley Patterson, Carolyn Porco, Jorge I. Núñez, Chris German, Julie A. Huber, Christopher P. McKay, Jean-Pierre de Vera, John Robert Brucato, Linda J. Spilker, (2021), The Enceladus Orbilander Mission Concept: Balancing Return and Resources in the Search for Life, The Planetary Science Journal

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Samuel P. D. Birch, Sarah Hörst, Christophe Sotin, Erika Barth, Juan M. Lora, Melissa G. Trainer, Paul Corlies, Michael J. Malaska, Ella Sciamma-O’Brien, Alexander E. Thelen, Elizabeth Turtle, Jani Radebaugh, Jennifer Hanley, Anezina Solomonidou, Claire Newman, Leonardo Regoli, Sébastien Rodriguez, Benôit Seignovert, Alexander G. Hayes, Baptiste Journaux, Jordan Steckloff, Delphine Nna-Mvondo, Thomas Cornet, Maureen Y. Palmer, Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Sandrine Vinatier, Ralph Lorenz, Conor Nixon, Ellen Czaplinski, Jason W. Barnes, Ed Sittler, Andrew Coates, (2021), Titan: Earth-like on the Outside, Ocean World on the Inside, The Planetary Science Journal

Jason W. Barnes, Elizabeth P. Turtle, Melissa G. Trainer, Ralph D. Lorenz, Shannon M. MacKenzie, William B. Brinckerhoff, Morgan L. Cable, Carolyn M. Ernst, Caroline Freissinet, Kevin P. Hand, Alexander G. Hayes, Sarah M. Hörst, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Erich Karkoschka, David J. Lawrence, Alice Le Gall, Juan M. Lora, Christopher P. McKay, Richard S. Miller, Scott L. Murchie, Catherine D. Neish, Claire E. Newman, Jorge Núñez, Mark P. Panning, Ann M. Parsons, Patrick N. Peplowski, Lynnae C. Quick, Jani Radebaugh, Scot C. R. Rafkin, Hiroaki Shiraishi, Jason M. Soderblom, Kristin S. Sotzen, Angela M. Stickle, Ellen R. Stofan, Cyril Szopa, Tetsuya Tokano, Thomas Wagner, Colin Wilson, R. Aileen Yingst, Kris Zacny, Simon C. Stähler, (2021), Science Goals and Objectives for the Dragonfly Titan Rotorcraft Relocatable Lander, The Planetary Science Journal

Morgan L. Cable, Carolyn Porco, Christopher R. Glein, Christopher R. German, Shannon M. MacKenzie, Marc Neveu, Tori M. Hoehler, Amy E. Hofmann, Amanda R. Hendrix, Jennifer Eigenbrode, Frank Postberg, Linda J. Spilker, Alfred McEwen, Nozair Khawaja, J. Hunter Waite, Peter Wurz, Jörn Helbert, Ariel Anbar, Jean-Pierre de Vera, Jorge Núñez, (2021), The Science Case for a Return to Enceladus, The Planetary Science Journal , 2, 4, 132, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/abfb7a

Jason D. Hofgartner, Alexander G. Hayes, Donald B. Campbell, Jonathan I. Lunine, Gregory J. Black, Shannon M. MacKenzie, Samuel P. D. Birch, Charles Elachi, Randolph D. Kirk, Alice Le Gall, Ralph D. Lorenz, Stephen D. Wall, (2020), The root of anomalously specular reflections from solid surfaces on Saturn's moon Titan, Nature Communications , 11, 1, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16663-1

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Ralph D. Lorenz, (2020), Prospects for Detecting Volcanic Events with Microwave Radiometry, Remote Sensing , 12, 16, 2544, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12162544

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Jason W. Barnes, Jason D. Hofgartner, Samuel P. D. Birch, Matthew M. Hedman, Antoine Lucas, Sebastien Rodriguez, Elizabeth P. Turtle, Christophe Sotin, (2019), The case for seasonal surface changes at Titan's lake district, Nature Astronomy , 3, 6, 506--510, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-018-0687-6

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Juan M. Lora, Ralph D. Lorenz, (2019), A Thermal Inertia Map of Titan, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 124, 7, 1728--1742, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019je005930

A. Lucas, S. Rodriguez, F. Lemonnier, A. Le Gall, S. MacKenzie, C. Ferrari, P. Paillou, C. Narteau, (2019), Texture and Composition of Titan's Equatorial Sand Seas Inferred From Cassini SAR Data: Implications for Aeolian Transport and Dune Morphodynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , https://doi.org/10.1029/2019je005965

Kyle Martins, Shannon MacKenzie, Jason Barnes, F. Marty Ytreberg, (2018), Comparing Structure Stability between Earth and Subsurface Ocean on Titan using Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Biophysical Journal, 114, 3, 528A

S. P. D. Birch, A. G. Hayes, P. Corlies, E. R. Stofan, J. D. Hofgartner, R. M. C. Lopes, R. D. Lorenz, J. I. Lunine, S. M. MacKenzie, M. J. Malaska, C. A. Wood, Cassini RADAR Team, (2018), Morphological evidence that Titan's southern hemisphere basins are paleoseas, Icarus, 310, 140-148

Jason W. Barnes, Shannon M. MacKenzie, Eliot F. Young, Laura E. Trouille, Sebastien Rodriguez, Thomas Cornet, Brian K. Jackson, Mate Adamkovics, Christophe Sotin, Jason M. Soderblom, (2018), Spherical Radiative Transfer in C plus plus (SRTC plus plus ): A Parallel Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer Model for Titan, Astronomical Journal, 155, 6

E. P. Turtle, J. E. Perry, J. M. Barbara, A. D. Del Genio, S. Rodriguez, S. Le Mouelic, C. Sotin, J. M. Lora, S. Faulk, P. Corlies, J. Kelland, S. M. MacKenzie, R. A. West, A. S. McEwen, J. I. Lunine, J. Pitesky, T. L. Ray, M. Roy, (2018), Titan's Meteorology Over the Cassini Mission: Evidence for Extensive Subsurface Methane Reservoirs, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 11, 5320-5328

S. M. MacKenzie, Jason W. Barnes, (2016), COMPOSITIONAL SIMILARITIES AND DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN TITAN'S EVAPORITIC TERRAINS, Astrophysical Journal, 821, 1

D. Cordier, T. Cornet, J. W. Barnes, S. M. MacKenzie, T. Le Bahers, D. Nna-Mvondo, P. Rannou, A. G. Ferreira, (2016), Structure of Titan's evaporites, Icarus, 270, 41-56

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Tess E. Caswell, Charity M. Phillips-Lander, E. Natasha Stavros, Jason D. Hofgartner, Vivian Z. Sun, Kathryn E. Powell, Casey J. Steuer, Joseph G. O'Rourke, Jasmeet K. Dhaliwal, Cecilia W. S. Leung, Elaine M. Petro, J. Judson Wynne, Samson Phan, Matteo Crismani, Akshata Krishnamurthy, Kristen K. John, Kevin DeBruin, Charles J. Budney, Karl L. Mitchell, (2016), THEO concept mission: Testing the Habitability of Enceladus's Ocean, Advances in Space Research, 58, 6, 1117-1137

Graham Vixie, Jason W. Barnes, Brian Jackson, Sebastien Rodriguez, Stephane Le Mouelic, Christophe Sotin, Shannon MacKenzie, Paul Wilson, (2015), Possible temperate lakes on Titan, Icarus, 257, 313-323

C. D. Neish, J. W. Barnes, C. Sotin, S. MacKenzie, J. M. Soderblom, S. Le Mouelic, R. L. Kirk, B. W. Stiles, M. J. Malaska, A. Le Gall, R. H. Brown, K. H. Baines, B. Buratti, R. N. Clark, P. D. Nicholson, (2015), Spectral properties of Titan's impact craters imply chemical weathering of its surface, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 10, 3746-3754

Shannon M. MacKenzie, Jason W. Barnes, Christophe Sotin, Jason M. Soderblom, Stephane Le Mouelic, Sebastien Rodriguez, Kevin H. Baines, Bonnie J. Buratti, Roger N. Clark, Phillip D. Nicholson, Thomas B. McCord, (2014), Evidence of Titan's climate history from evaporite distribution, Icarus, 243, 191-207