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:   Planetary scientist; Physicist

:  Planetary, Earth

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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 use radiative transfer modeling to understand how they interfere with remote sensing data. The potential habitable and inhabited environments of the icy satellites, particularly Titan, drive my interest in astrobiology, specifically how material availabilities affect what chemistries--be they abiotic, prebiotic, or biotic--are possible. Using data from the Earth satellite SMAP, I'm also investigating the feasibilty of using microwave radiometers as volcanic or lightning event detectors at other bodies in the solar system (e.g. Venus, Titan, Pluto).

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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 Current Post doctoral researcher, JHU APL
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2010 Current American Astronomical Society
2018 Current Geological Society of America
2018 Current American Geophysical Union
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2014-2017 NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship
2013 Idaho Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
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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

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

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, 528A

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, 5320-5328

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, 1117-1137

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, 3746-3754

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

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