Angela Stickle Print



:   Planetary Scientist; Hypervelocity Impact Physicist

:  Planetary

  Europa Clipper, EIS, LRO, Mini-RF, LAMP

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Ph.D Geological Sciences, Impact Physics 2012 Brown University
Master of Science Engineering, Mechanics 2011 Brown University
Master of Science Geology 2009 Brown University
Bachelor of Science Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 2007 University of Washington
Bachelor of Science Earth and Space Sciences 2007 University of Washington

I am a planetary geologist specializing in hypervelocity impact processes and dynamic failure of materials. Currently, I am a Co-I on the Mini-RF radar and LAMP UV spectrometer onboard the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter, a Co-I on the Dragonfly mission, a team member on the Europa Imaging System (EIS) on Europa Clipper, the lead for the Impact Modeling Working Group on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, and a member of the Steering Committee and Investigation Team for the AIDA international collaboration. I am also involved in studying phenomenology following hypervelocity impacts into a variety of materials, and am a member of the NASA NEO Action Plan Modeling Working Group. My main research interests include dynamic properties and failure/fragmentation mechanisms of brittle materials, impact cratering on planetary surfaces, planetary surface evolution, lunar lighting analysis for mission planning, modeling impact signature phenomenology, and planetary defense. My research utilizes experimental facilities such as the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range, the APL planetary impact lab, and Kolsky bar systems at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, numerical models using the CTH hydrocode, and analysis of planetary spacecraft data. 


AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Surface materials and properties
MINERAL PHYSICS Shock wave experiments
MINERAL PHYSICS High-pressure behavior
Start Year End Year Description
2015 Current Staff Scientist, JHU APL. Section Supervisor (2020 - )
2013 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, JHU APL.
2012 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.
2007 2012 Research Assistant, Brown University.
2003 2007 Student Researcher, University of Washington Space Physics Research Group.
Year Description
2019 - present Member of the NASA Near-Earth Object Action Plan Modeling Working Group
2019-2021 Chair of the 2021 Hypervelocity Impact Symposium
2019 Department of Defense David Packard Award for excellence in innovation and acquisition
2015 - 18 Small Bodies Assessment Group Steering Committee member (Early Career Secretary)
2010, 2015 Nominated as one of the 10 best papers at the Hypervelocity Impact Symposium
2011 Elected to the Sigma Xi honor society
2010 Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall meeting
2005-2006 Astronaut Scholarship recipient
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Andrew S. Rivkin, Nancy L. Chabot, Angela M. Stickle, Cristina A. Thomas, Derek C. Richardson, Olivier Barnouin, Eugene G. Fahnestock, Carolyn M. Ernst, Andrew F. Cheng, Steven Chesley, Shantanu Naidu, Thomas S. Statler, Brent Barbee, Harrison Agrusa, Nicholas Moskovitz, R. Terik Daly, Petr Pravec, Petr Scheirich, Elisabetta Dotto, Vincenzo Della Corte, Patrick Michel, Michael Küppers, Justin Atchison, Masatoshi Hirabayashi, (2021), The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART): Planetary Defense Investigations and Requirements, The Planetary Science Journal

Stickle, Angela M. and Bruck Syal, Megan and Cheng, Andy F. and Collins, Gareth S. and Davison, Thomas M. and Gisler, Galen and G"uldemeister, Nicole and Heberling, Tamra and Luther, Robert and Michel, Patrick and Miller, Paul and Owen, J. Michael and Rainey, Emma S.~G. and Rivkin, Andrew S. and Rosch, Thomas and W"unnemann, Kai, (2020), Benchmarking impact hydrocodes in the strength regime: Implications for modeling deflection by a kinetic impactor, icarus, 338, 113446

Cahill, Joshua T.~S. and Wirth, Anna A. and Hendrix, Amanda R. and Retherford, Kurt D. and Greathouse, Thomas K. and Mand t, Kathleen E. and Liu, Yang and Greenhagen, Benjamin T. and Denevi, Brett W. and Stickle, Angela M. and Hurley, Dana M., (2019), An Examination of Several Discrete Lunar Nearside Photometric Anomalies Observed in Lyman-ensuremathalpha Maps, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 124, 2, 294-315

Hirabayashi, Masatoshi and Davis, Alex B. and Fahnestock, Eugene G. and Richardson, Derek C. and Michel, Patrick and Cheng, Andrew F. and Rivkin, Andrew S. and Scheeres, Daniel J. and Chesley, Steven R. and Yu, Yang and Naidu, Shantanu P. and Schwartz, Stephen R. and Benner, Lance A.~M. and Pravec, Petr and Stickle, Angela M. and Jutzi, Martin and DART Dynamical Group and Physical Properties (WG3) Analysis Group, (2019), Assessing possible mutual orbit period change by shape deformation of Didymos after a kinetic impact in the NASA-led Double Asteroid Redirection Test, Advances in Space Research, 63, 8, 2515-2534

Cheng, Andrew F. and Rivkin, Andrew S. and Michel, Patrick and Atchison, Justin and Barnouin, Olivier and Benner, Lance and Chabot, Nancy L. and Ernst, Carolyn and Fahnestock, Eugene G. and Kueppers, Michael and Pravec, Petr and Rainey, Emma and Richardson, Derek C. and Stickle, Angela M. and Thomas, Cristina, (2018), AIDA DART asteroid deflection test: Planetary defense and science objectives, planss, 157, 104-115

Susorney, Hannah C.~M. and Barnouin, Olivier S. and Ernst, Carolyn M. and Stickle, Angela M., (2018), The Surface Roughness of Large Craters on Mercury, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 123, 7, 1581-1595

Stickle, Angela M. and Roberts, James H., (2018), Modeling an exogenic origin for the equatorial ridge on Iapetus, icarus, 307, 197-206

Hurley, Dana M. and Cook, Jason C. and Retherford, Kurt D. and Greathouse, Thomas and Gladstone, G. Randall and Mandt, Kathleen and Grava, Cesare and Kaufmann, David and Hendrix, Amanda and Feldman, Paul D. and Pryor, Wayne and Stickle, Angela and Killen, Rosemary M. and Stern, S. Alan, (2017), Contributions of solar wind and micrometeoroids to molecular hydrogen in the lunar exosphere, icarus, 283, 31-37

Patterson, G.~W. and Stickle, A.~M. and Turner, F.~S. and Jensen, J.~R. and Bussey, D.~B.~J. and Spudis, P. and Espiritu, R.~C. and Schulze, R.~C. and Yocky, D.~A. and Wahl, D.~E. and Zimmerman, M. and Cahill, J.~T.~S. and Nolan, M. and Carter, L. and Neish, C.~D. and Raney, R.~K. and Thomson, B.~J. and Kirk, R. and Thompson, T.~W. and Tise, B.~L. and Erteza, I.~A. and Jakowatz, C.~V., (2017), Bistatic radar observations of the Moon using Mini-RF on LRO and the Arecibo Observatory, icarus, 283, 2-19

Stickle, A.~M. and Patterson, G.~W. and Cahill, J.~T.~S. and Bussey, D.~B.~J., (2016), Mini-RF and LROC observations of mare crater layering relationships, icarus, 273, 224-236

Mandt, Kathleen E. and Greathouse, Thomas K. and Retherford, Kurt D. and Randall Gladstone, G. and Jordan, Andrew P. and Lemelin, Myriam and Koeber, Steven D. and Bowman-Cisneros, Ernest and Wesley Patterson, G. and Robinson, Mark and Lucey, Paul G. and Hendrix, Amanda R. and Hurley, Dana and Stickle, Angela M. and Pryor, Wayne, (2016), LRO-LAMP detection of geologically young craters within lunar permanently shaded regions, icarus, 273, 114-120

Cheng, A.~F. and Michel, P. and Jutzi, M. and Rivkin, A.~S. and Stickle, A. and Barnouin, O. and Ernst, C. and Atchison, J. and Pravec, P. and Richardson, D.~C. and AIDA Team, (2016), Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment mission: Kinetic impactor, planss, 121, 27-35

Ramesh, K.~T. and Hogan, James D. and Kimberley, Jamie and Stickle, Angela, (2015), A review of mechanisms and models for dynamic failure, strength, and fragmentation, planss, 107, 10-23

Stickle, A.~M. and Schultz, P.~H. and Crawford, D.~A., (2015), Subsurface failure in spherical bodies: A formation scenario for linear troughs on Vesta's surface, icarus, 247, 18-34

Stickle, A.~M. and Schultz, P.~H., (2014), Discrete shear failure planes resulting from oblique hypervelocity impacts, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 119, 8, 1839-1859

Stickle, A.~M. and Schultz, P.~H., (2013), Investigating pressure magnitudes at depth for oblique impacts into layered targets: Applications to terrestrial impacts in sedimentary targets, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48, 9, 1638-1650

Stickle, A.~M. and Schultz, P.~H., (2012), Subsurface damage from oblique impacts into low-impedance layers, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 117, E7, E07006

Winglee, R.~M. and Peterson, W.~K. and Yau, A.~W. and Harnett, E. and Stickle, A., (2008), Model/data comparisons of ionospheric outflow as a function of invariant latitude and magnetic local time, Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 113, A6, A06220

Harnett, E.~M. and Winglee, R.~M. and Stickle, A. and Lu, Gang, (2008), Prompt ionospheric/magnetospheric responses 29 October 2003 Halloween storm: Outflow and energization, Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 113, A6, A06209

Winglee, R.~M. and Harnett, E. and Stickle, A. and Porter, J., (2008), Multiscale/multifluid simulations of flux ropes at the magnetopause within a global magnetospheric model, Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 113, A2, A02209