Jorge Núñez Print



:   Planetary Scientist; Astrobiologist; Systems Engineer

:  Planetary, Earth

  MRO, CRISM, New Horizons, LORRI

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2012 Arizona State University
B.S. Physics 2005 University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2005 University of Alabama at Birmingham

I am a planetary scientist, astrobiologist, and engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. I study the geology and composition of planetary surfaces using a variety of remote sensing and in situ techniques. My  primary research focus is understanding the geologic history of planetary surfaces, and in the case of Mars, its potential for habitability. When not analyzing data from planetary missions, I also study terrestrial analogs in the field and laboratory, and develop new instruments for future planetary missions.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
BIOGEOSCIENCES Astrobiology and extraterrestrial materials
PLANETARY SCIENCES: ASTROBIOLOGY Hydrothermal systems and weathering on other planets
Start Year End Year Description
2013 Current Post Doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2008 2012 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, Arizona State University
2005 2008 Graduate Research/Teaching Associate, Arizona State University
Start Year End Year Description
2005 Current American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2005 Current Geological Society of America (GSA)
2005 Current American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2005 Current American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Year Description
2015 NASA Early Career Fellow
2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar, US Department of State
2008-2012 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)
2010 NASA Group Achievement Award for 2010 International Lunar Surface Operations (ILSO) / In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) operations test on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
2010 Frank Drake and Elliot Kalmbach Award for First Place in the NAI Student Poster Competition, 2010 Astrobiology Science Conference
2009-2010 National Geographic Society, Young Explorers Grant
2008-2009 Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology
2009 First Place, Student Poster Competition, 2nd NLSI Lunar Science Forum
2009 NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Summer School Scholar, 2009
The following publication information was downloaded from
Nunez, J. I., Barnouin, O. S., Murchie, S. L., Seelos, F. P., McGovern, J. A., Seelos, K. D., Buczkowski, D. L., (2016), New insights into gully formation on Mars: Constraints from composition as seen by MRO/CRISM, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 8893-8902

Bagenal, F., Horanyi, M., McComas, D. J., McNutt, R. L., Jr., Elliott, H. A., Hill, M. E., Brown, L. E., Delamere, P. A., Kollmann, P., Krimigis, S. M., Kusterer, M., Lisse, C. M., Mitchell, D. G., Piquette, M., Poppe, A. R., Strobel, D. F., Szalay, J. R., Valek, P., Vandegriff, J., Weidner, S., Zirnstein, E. J., Stern, S. A., Ennico, K., Olkin, C. B., Weaver, H. A., Young, L. A., New Horizons Sci Team, (2016), Pluto's interaction with its space environment: Solar wind, energetic particles, and dust, Science, 351

Gladstone, G. Randall, Stern, S. Alan, Ennico, Kimberly, Olkin, Catherine B., Weaver, Harold A., Young, Leslie A., Summers, Michael E., Strobel, Darrell F., Hinson, David P., Kammer, Joshua A., Parker, Alex H., Steffl, Andrew J., Linscott, Ivan R., Parker, Joel Wm., Cheng, Andrew F., Slater, David C., Versteeg, Maarten H., Greathouse, Thomas K., Retherford, Kurt D., Throop, Henry, Cunningham, Nathaniel J., Woods, William W., Singer, Kelsi N., Tsang, Constantine C. C., Schindhelm, Eric, Lisse, Carey M., Wong, Michael L., Yung, Yuk L., Zhu, Xun, Curdt, Werner, Lavvas, Panayotis, Young, Eliot F., Tyler, G. Leonard, New Horizons Sci Team, (2016), The atmosphere of Pluto as observed by New Horizons, Science, 351

Grundy, W. M., Cruikshank, D. P., Gladstone, G. R., Howett, C. J. A., Lauer, T. R., Spencer, J. R., Summers, M. E., Buie, M. W., Earle, A. M., Ennico, K., Parker, J. Wm., Porter, S. B., Singer, K. N., Stern, S. A., Verbiscer, A. J., Beyer, R. A., Binzel, R. P., Buratti, B. J., Cook, J. C., Ore, C. M. Dalle, Olkin, C. B., Parker, A. H., Protopapa, S., Quirico, E., Retherford, K. D., Robbins, S. J., Schmitt, B., Stansberry, J. A., Umurhan, O. M., Weaver, H. A., Young, L. A., Zangari, A. M., Bray, V. J., Cheng, A. F., McKinnon, W. B., McNutt, R. L., Jr., Moore, J. M., Nimmo, F., Reuter, D. C., Schenk, P. M., New Horizons Sci Team, (2016), The formation of Charon's red poles from seasonally cold-trapped volatiles, Nature, 539, 65-+

Moore, Jeffrey M., McKinnon, William B., Spencer, John R., Howard, Alan D., Schenk, Paul M., Beyer, Ross A., Nimmo, Francis, Singer, Kelsi N., Umurhan, Orkan M., White, Oliver L., Stern, S. Alan, Ennico, Kimberly, Olkin, Cathy B., Weaver, Harold A., Young, Leslie A., Binzel, Richard P., Buie, Marc W., Buratti, Bonnie J., Cheng, Andrew F., Cruikshank, Dale P., Grundy, Will M., Linscott, Ivan R., Reitsema, Harold J., Reuter, Dennis C., Showalter, Mark R., Bray, Veronica J., Chavez, Carrie L., Howett, Carly J. A., Lauer, Tod R., Lisse, Carey M., Parker, Alex Harrison, Porter, S. B., Robbins, Stuart J., Runyon, Kirby, Stryk, Ted, Throop, Henry B., Tsang, Constantine C. C., Verbiscer, Anne J., Zangari, Amanda M., Chaikin, Andrew L., Wilhelms, Don E., New Horizons Sci Team, (2016), The geology of Pluto and Charon through the eyes of New Horizons, Science, 351, 1284-1293

Stern, S A, Bagenal, F, Ennico, K, Gladstone, G R, Grundy, W M, McKinnon, W B, Moore, J M, Olkin, C B, Spencer, J R, Weaver, H A, Young, L A, Andert, T, Andrews, J, Banks, M, Bauer, B, Bauman, J, Barnouin, O S, Bedini, P, Beisser, K, Beyer, R A, Bhaskaran, S, Binzel, R P, Birath, E, Bird, M, Bogan, D J, Bowman, A, Bray, V J, Brozovic, M, Bryan, C, Buckley, M R, Buie, M W, Buratti, B J, Bushman, S S, Calloway, A, Carcich, B, Cheng, A F, Conard, S, Conrad, C A, Cook, J C, Cruikshank, D P, Custodio, O S, Dalle Ore, C M, Deboy, C, Dischner, Z J B, Dumont, P, Earle, A M, Elliott, H A, Ercol, J, Ernst, C M, Finley, T, Flanigan, S H, Fountain, G, Freeze, M J, Greathouse, T, Green, J L, Guo, Y, Hahn, M, Hamilton, D P, Hamilton, S A, Hanley, J, Harch, A, Hart, H M, Hersman, C B, Hill, A, Hill, M E, Hinson, D P, Holdridge, M E, Horanyi, M, Howard, A D, Howett, C J A, Jackman, C, Jacobson, R A, Jennings, D E, Kammer, J A, Kang, H K, Kaufmann, D E, Kollmann, P, Krimigis, S M, Kusnierkiewicz, D, Lauer, T R, Lee, J E, Lindstrom, K L, Linscott, I R, Lisse, C M, Lunsford, A W, Mallder, V A, Martin, N, McComas, D J, McNutt, R L Jr, Mehoke, D, Mehoke, T, Melin, E D, Mutchler, M, Nelson, D, Nimmo, F, Nunez, J I, Ocampo, A, Owen, W M, Paetzold, M, Page, B, Parker, A H, Parker, J W, Pelletier, F, Peterson, J, Pinkine, N, Piquette, M, Porter, S B, Protopapa, S, Redfern, J, Reitsema, H J, Reuter, D C, Roberts, J H, Robbins, S J, Rogers, G, Rose, D, Runyon, K, Retherford, K D, Ryschkewitsch, M G, Schenk, P, Schindhelm, E, Sepan, B, Showalter, M R, Singer, K N, Soluri, M, Stanbridge, D, Steffl, A J, Strobel, D F, Stryk, T, Summers, M E, Szalay, J R, Tapley, M, Taylor, A, Taylor, H, Throop, H B, Tsang, C C C, Tyler, G L, Umurhan, O M, Verbiscer, A J, Versteeg, M H, Vincent, M, Webbert, R, Weidner, S, Weigle, G E 2nd, White, O L, Whittenburg, K, Williams, B G, Williams, K, Williams, S, Woods, W W, Zangari, A M, Zirnstein, E, (2015), The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons., Science (New York, N.Y.), 350, aad1815

Stern, S. A., Bagenal, F., Ennico, K., Gladstone, G. R., Grundy, W. M., McKinnon, W. B., Moore, J. M., Olkin, C. B., Spencer, J. R., Weaver, H. A., Young, L. A., Andert, T., Andrews, J., Banks, M., Bauer, B., Bauman, J., Barnouin, O. S., Bedini, P., Beisser, K., Beyer, R. A., Bhaskaran, S., Binzel, R. P., Birath, E., Bird, M., Bogan, D. J., Bowman, A., Bray, V. J., Brozovic, M., Bryan, C., Buckley, M. R., Buie, M. W., Buratti, B. J., Bushman, S. S., Calloway, A., Carcich, B., Cheng, A. F., Conard, S., Conrad, C. A., Cook, J. C., Cruikshank, D. P., Custodio, O. S., Ore, C. M. Dalle, Deboy, C., Dischner, Z. J. B., Dumont, P., Earle, A. M., Elliott, H. A., Ercol, J., Ernst, C. M., Finley, T., Flanigan, S. H., Fountain, G., Freeze, M. J., Greathouse, T., Green, J. L., Guo, Y., Hahn, M., Hamilton, D. P., Hamilton, S. A., Hanley, J., Harch, A., Hart, H. M., Hersman, C. B., Hill, A., Hill, M. E., Hinson, D. P., Holdridge, M. E., Horanyi, M., Howard, A. D., Howett, C. J. A., Jackman, C., Jacobson, R. A., Jennings, D. E., Kammer, J. A., Kang, H. K., Kaufmann, D. E., Kollmann, P., Krimigis, S. M., Kusnierkiewicz, D., Lauer, T. R., Lee, J. E., Lindstrom, K. L., Linscott, I. R., Lisse, C. M., Lunsford, A. W., Mallder, V. A., Martin, N., McComas, D. J., McNutt, R. L., Jr., Mehoke, D., Mehoke, T., Melin, E. D., Mutchler, M., Nelson, D., Nimmo, F., Nunez, J. I., Ocampo, A., Owen, W. M., Paetzold, M., Page, B., Parker, A. H., Parker, J. W., Pelletier, F., Peterson, J., Pinkine, N., Piquette, M., Porter, S. B., Protopapa, S., Redfern, J., Reitsema, H. J., Reuter, D. C., Roberts, J. H., Robbins, S. J., Rogers, G., Rose, D., Runyon, K., Retherford, K. D., Ryschkewitsch, M. G., Schenk, P., Schindhelm, E., Sepan, B., Showalter, M. K., Singer, K. N., Soluri, M., Stanbridge, D., Steffl, A. J., Strobel, D. F., Stryk, T., Summers, M. E., Szalay, J. R., Tapley, M., Taylor, A., Taylor, H., Throop, H. B., Tsang, C. C. C., Tyler, G. L., Umurhan, O. M., Verbiscer, A. J., Versteeg, M. H., Vincent, M., Webber, R., Weidner, S., Weigle, G. E., II, White, O. L., Whittenburg, K., Williams, B. G., Williams, K., Williams, S., Woods, W. W., Zangari, A. M., Zirnstein, E., (2015), The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons, Science, 350, 292-+

Nunez, Jorge I., Farmer, Jack D., Sellar, R. Glenn, Swayze, Gregg A., Blaney, Diana L., (2014), Science Applications of a Multispectral Microscopic Imager for the Astrobiological Exploration of Mars, Astrobiology, 14, 132-169

ten Kate, Inge L., Armstrong, Rob, Bernhardt, Bodo, Blumers, Mathias, Craft, Jack, Boucher, Dale, Caillibot, Eric, Captain, Janine, Deleuterio, Gabriele, Farmer, Jack D., Glavin, Daniel P., Graff, Trevor, Hamilton, John C., Klingelhoefer, Goestar, Morris, Richard V., Nunez, Jorge I., Quinn, Jacqueline W., Sanders, Gerald B., Sellar, R. Glenn, Sigurdson, Leanne, Taylor, Ross, Zacny, Kris, (2013), Mauna Kea, Hawaii, as an Analog Site for Future Planetary Resource Exploration: Results from the 2010 ILSO-ISRU Field-Testing Campaign, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 26, 183-196

Wdowiak, TJ, Klingelhofer, G, Wade, ML, Nunez, JI, (2003), Extracting science from Mossbauer spectroscopy on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 108