Debra Buczkowski Print



:   Planetary Geologist

:  Planetary


Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Geosciences 2005 University of Massachusetts Amherst
MS Geology 2002 University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA Astronomy 1992 Boston University

I have extensive background in planetary mapping and kinematic analysis of terrestrial planets, moons and asteroids, and have designed numerical models to explain structural phenomenon on Mars, Venus, Eros, Vesta and Ceres. My research projects include: 1) Mapping and analysis of linear features on 1 Ceres, 4 Vesta and 433 Eros; 2) Geologic mapping of 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta; 3) Mapping, structural analysis, and numerical modeling of giant polygons on Mars; 4) Topographic analysis and numerical modeling of quasi-circular depressions (QCDs) in the northern lowlands of Mars; 5) Spectroscopic analysis of outcrops in the Argyre basin and northwestern Noachis Terra, Mars using CRISM data; 6) Geologic mapping of Gale Crater, Mars; 7) Kinematic mapping and structural analysis of lineaments around Irnini Mons, Venus; 8) Geologic mapping of the V-18 Lachesis Tessera Quadrangle, Venus; 9) Geomorphic mapping of the intra-ejecta dark plains around the Caloris basin, Mercury; and 10) Geologic mapping of the Caloris basin and Intercrater Plains, Mercury.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Surface materials and properties
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY Fractures and faults
TECTONOPHYSICS Dynamics and mechanics of faulting
Start Year End Year Description
2014 Current Section Supervisor: Surface Geology, Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2008 2014 Staff Scientist, Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2005 2008 Post-doctoral researcher, Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2000 2005 Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Year Description
2019 Ronald Greeley Distinguished Service Award, for service to the Planetary Geology Division of GSA
2011-2013, 2019 - Present Editorship (Associate Editor, Icarus 2019-Present; Guest Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research–Planets, CRISM/OMEGA special issue 2011-2013)
2009 - Present Professional Meeting Planning Committees (Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference 2009-2013, 2019; Geological Society of America Fall Meeting 2014-2020)
2010 - 2016 Executive Board Member, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America (Secretary Treasurer 2010-2012; Second Vice Chair 2012-2013; Vice Chair 2013-2014; Chair 2014-2015; Past Chair 2015-2016)
2011, 2013, 2014, 2019 NASA Group Achievement Award (2011 MRO CRISM Science Team; 2013 Dawn Science Team; 2014 MSL Relay Operations Team; 2019 Dawn Science Team)
2009 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Special Achievement Award (1) for development of a Proposal Writing; (2) as part of the MRO CRISM uplink team)
2005-2008 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship
2003-2005 NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship
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Buczkowski, Debra L., Seelos, Kimberly D., Viviano, Christina E., Murchie, Scott L., Seelos, Frank P., Malaret, Erick, Hash, Christopher, (2020), Anomalous phyllosilicate-bearing outcrops south of Coprates Chasma: A study of possible emplacement mechanisms, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125, 1, e2019JE006043,

Sizemore, H.G., Schmidt, B.E., Buczkowski, D.L., Sori, M.M., Castillo-Rogez, J.C., Berman, D.C., Ahrens, C., Chilton, H.T., Hughson, K.H.G., Duarte, K., Otto, K.A., Bland, M.~T., Neesemann, A., Scully, J.E.C., Crown, D.A., Mest, S.C., Williams, D.A., Platz, T., Schenk, P., Landis, M.E., Marchi, S., Schorghofer, N., Quick, L.C., Prettyman, T.H., De Sanctis, M.C., Nass, A., Thangjam, G., Nathues, A., Russell, C.T. and Raymond, C.A., (2019), A global inventory of ice-related morphological features on dwarf planet Ceres: Implications for the evolution and current state of the cryosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 124, 7, 1650-1689

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

Buczkowski, Debra L., Scully, Jennifer E.C., Quick, Lynnae, Castillo-Rogez, Julie, Schenk, Paul M., Park, Ryan S., Preusker, Frank, Jaumann, Ralf, Raymond, Carol A. and Russell, C.T., (2019), Tectonic analysis of fracturing associated with Occator crater, Icarus, 320, 49-59,

Bland, M.T., Buczkowski, D.L., Sizemore, H.G., Ermakov, A.I., King, S.D., Sori, M.M., Raymond, C.A. and Castillo-Rogez, J.C. and Russell, C.T., (2019), Dome formation on Ceres by solid-state flow analogous to terrestrial salt tectonics, Nature Geoscience, 12, 10, 797-801

Buczkowski, Debra L., Sizemore, Hanna G., Bland, Michael T., Scully, Jennifer E.C., Quick, Lynnae C., Hughson, Kynan H.G., Park, Ryan S., Preusker, Frank, Raymond, Carol A. and Russell, Christopher T., (2018), Floor-fractured craters on Ceres and implications for interior processes, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 123, 12, 3188-3204,

Buczkowski, D.L., Williams, D.A., Scully, J.E.C., Mest, S.C., Crown, D.A., Schenk, P.M., Jaumann, R., Roatsch, T., Preusker, F., Nathues, A., Hoffmann, M., Schaefer, M., Marchi, S., De Sanctis, M.C. and Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T., (2018), The geology of the Occator quadrangle of dwarf planet Ceres: Floor-fractured craters and other geomorphic evidence of cryomagmatism, Icarus, 316, 128-139,

Scully, J.E.C., Buczkowski, D.L., Schmedemann, N., Raymond, C.A., Castillo-Rogez, J.C., King, S.D., Bland, M.T., Ermakov, A.I., O'Brien, D.P., Marchi, S., Longobardo, A., Russell, C.T., Fu, R.R. and Neveu, M., (2017), Evidence for the interior evolution of Ceres from geologic analysis of fractures, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 19, 9564-9572

Buczkowski, D.L., Schmidt, B.E., Williams, D.A., Mest, S.C., Scully, J.E.C., Ermakov, A.I., Preusker, F., Schenk, P., Otto, K.A., Hiesinger, H., O'Brien, D., Marchi, S., Sizemore, H., Hughson, K., Chilton, H., Bland, M., Byrne, S., Schorghofer, N., Platz, T., Jaumann, R., Roatsch, T., Sykes, M.V., Nathues, A. De Sanctis, M.C., Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T., (2016), The geomorphology of Ceres, Science, 353, 6303, aaf4332,

Wilson, L., Bland, P.A., Buczkowski, D., Keil, K., and Krot, A.N., (2015), Hydrothermal and magmatic fluid flow in asteroids, in Asteroids IV (eds. P. Michel, F. DeMeo, W. Bottke), pp. 553-572,

Buczkowski, Debra L. and Wyrick, Danielle Y., (2015), Tectonism and magmatism identified on asteroids, in Volcanism and Tectonism Across the Inner Solar System (eds. Platz, T., Massironi, M., Byrne, P.K. and Hiesinger, H.) , 401, pp. 423-441,

Ackiss, S. E., Buczkowski, D. L., Ernst, C. M., McBeck, J. A. and Seelos, K. D., (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

David T. Blewett, Debra L. Buczkowski, Ottaviano Ruesch, Jennifer E. Scully, David P. O'Brien, Robert Gaskell, Thomas Roatsch, Timothy J. Bowling, Anton Ermakov, Harald Hiesinger, David A. Williams, Carol A. Raymond, Christopher T. Russell, (2014), Vesta's north pole quadrangle Av-1 (Albana): Geologic map and the nature of the south polar basin antipodes, Icarus, 244, 13-22

Buczkowski, D. L., Wyrick, D. Y., Toplis, M., Yingst, R. A., Williams, D. A., Garry, W. B., Mest, S., Kneissl, T., Scully, J. E. C., Nathues, A., De Sanctis, M. C., LeCorre, L., Reddy, V., Hoffmann, M., Ammannito, E., Frigeri, A., Tosi, F., Preusker, F., Roatsch, T., Raymond, C. A., Jaumann, R., Pieters, C. M. and Russell, C. T., (2014), The unique geomorphology and physical properties of the Vestalia Terra plateau, Icarus, 244, 89-103,,

De Sanctis, M. C., Ammannito, E., Buczkowski, D., Raymond, C. A., Jaumann, R., Mittlefehldt, D. W., Capaccioni, F., Capria, M. T., Frigeri, A., Magni, G., Tosi, F., Zambon, F. and Russell, C. T., (2014), Compositional evidence of magmatic activity on Vesta, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 9, 3038-3044

B. W. Denevi, D. T. Blewett, D. L. Buczkowski, F. Capaccioni, M. T. Capria, M. C. De Sanctis, W. B. Garry, R. W. Gaskell, L. Le Corre, J. -Y. Li, S. Marchi, T. J. McCoy, A. Nathues, D. P. O'Brien, N. E. Petro, C. M. Pieters, F. Preusker, C. A. Raymond, V. Reddy, C. T. Russell, P. Schenk, J. E. C. Scully, J. M. Sunshine, F. Tosi, D. A. Williams, D. Wyrick, (2012), Pitted Terrain on Vesta and Implications for the Presence of Volatiles, Science, 338, 6104, 246-249

Paul Schenk, David P. O'Brien, Simone Marchi, Robert Gaskell, Frank Preusker, Thomas Roatsch, Ralf Jaumann, Debra Buczkowski, Thomas McCord, Harry Y. McSween, David Williams, Aileen Yingst, Carol Raymond, Chris Russell, (2012), The Geologically Recent Giant Impact Basins at Vesta's South Pole, Science, 336, 6082, 694-697

R. Jaumann, D. A. Williams, D. L. Buczkowski, R. A. Yingst, F. Preusker, H. Hiesinger, N. Schmedemann, T. Kneissl, J. B. Vincent, D. T. Blewett, B. J. Buratti, U. Carsenty, B. W. Denevi, M. C. De Sanctis, W. B. Garry, H. U. Keller, E. Kersten, K. Krohn, J. -Y. Li, S. Marchi, K. D. Matz, T. B. McCord, H. Y. McSween, S. C. Mest, D. W. Mittlefehldt, S. Mottola, A. Nathues, G. Neukum, D. P. O'Brien, C. M. Pieters, T. H. Prettyman, C. A. Raymond, T. Roatsch, C. T. Russell, P. Schenk, B. E. Schmidt, F. Scholten, K. Stephan, M. V. Sykes, P. Tricarico, R. Wagner, M. T. Zuber, H. Sierks, (2012), Vesta's Shape and Morphology, Science, 336, 6082, 687-690

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

Buczkowski, D. L., Wyrick, D. Y., Iyer, K. A., Kahn, E. G., Scully, J. E. C., Nathues, A., Gaskell, R. W., Roatsch, T., Preusker, F., Schenk, P. M., Le Corre, L., Reddy, V., Yingst, R. A., Mest, S., Williams, D. A., Garry, W. B., Barnouin, O. S., Jaumann, R., Raymond, C. A. and Russell, C. T., (2012), Large-scale troughs on Vesta: A signature of planetary tectonics, Geophysical Research Letters, 39,

Buczkowski, Debra L., Murchie, Scott, Clark, Roger, Seelos, Kim, Seelos, Frank, Malaret, Erick and Hash, Christopher, (2010), Investigation of an Argyre basin ring structure using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 115, E12, E12011,

Buczkowski, Debra L., Barnouin-Jha, Olivier S. and Prockter, Louise M., (2008), 433 Eros lineaments: Global mapping and analysis, Icarus, 193, 1, 39-52,

Buczkowski, Debra L., (2007), Stealth quasi-circular depressions (sQCDs) in the northern lowlands of Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 112, E9, E09002,

Buczkowski, Debra L., (2006), Kinematic analysis of radial structures around Irnini Mons, Venus, Journal of Structural Geology, 28, 12, 2156-2168,

Buczkowski, D. L., (2006), Linear structures on Eros and other small bodies, Johns Hopkins Apl Technical Digest, 27, 2, 100-110

Buczkowski, Debra L., Frey, Herbert V., Roark, James H. and McGill, George E., (2005), Buried impact craters: A topographic analysis of quasi-circular depressions, Utopia Basin, Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 110, E3, E03007,

Buczkowski, Debra L. and Cooke, Michele L., (2004), Formation of double-ring circular grabens due to volumetric compaction over buried impact craters: Implications for thickness and nature of cover material in Utopia Planitia, Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 109, E2, E02006,

Buczkowski, Debra L. and McGill, George E., (2002), Topography within circular grabens: Implications for polygon origin, Utopia Planitia, Mars, Geophysical Research Letters, 29, 7, 1155,