Gerald (Wes) Patterson Print



:   Planetary geologist

:  Planetary

  Cassini, ISS, Chandrayaan-1, Mini-SAR, Europa Clipper, EIS, REASON, LRO, Mini-RF, New Horizons, LORRI

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2007 Brown University
B.S. Geology 1997 University of Florida

I am a planetary geologist with experience in visible-light and radar remote sensing of the Moon and icy satellites of Juptier and Saturn. My research focuses on understanding geological and geophysical processes operating on planetary surfaces, with a focus on icy satellite tectonics and lunar volatiles. I am currently the Principal Investigator for the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument on the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Co-Investigator on the EIS and REASON instruments on the NASA Europa Clipper mission, a Co-Investigator on the RIME instrument on the ESA Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) mission, and a participating scientist for the ISS instrument on the NASA Cassini mission.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Physical properties of materials
Start Year End Year Description
2014 Current Principal Investigator, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
2015 Current Associate Deputy Principal Investigator, REASON on Europa Clipper Mission
2014 Current Cassini Participating Scientist
2013 Current Co-Investigator, RIME on Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE)
2010 2014 Associate Pre-Project Scientist, Europa Habitability Mission
2013 2014 Deputy Principal Investigator, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance
2011 2013 Co-Investigator, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
2008 2011 Science team member, Mini-RF on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
2008 2009 Science team member, Mini-SAR on Chandrayaan-1
2015 Current Co-Investigator, EIS on Europa Multiple Flyby Mission
Year Description
2011 - 2014 NASA Europa Habitability Mission Science Definition Team
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Kathleen L. Craft, G. Wes Patterson, Robert P. Lowell, Leonid Germanovich, (2016), Fracturing and flow: Investigations on the formation of shallow water sills on Europa, Icarus, 274, 297-313

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

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

Joshua T. S. Cahill, B. J. Thomson, G. Wesley Patterson, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, Catherine D. Neish, Norberto R. Lopez, F. Scott Turner, T. Aldridge, M. McAdam, H. M. Meyer, R. K. Raney, L. M. Carter, P. D. Spudis, H. Hiesinger, J. H. Pasckert, (2014), The Miniature Radio Frequency instrument's (Mini-RF) global observations of Earth's Moon, Icarus, 243, 173-190

L. Bruzzone, J. J. Plaut, G. Alberti, D. D. Blankenship, F. Bovolo, B. A. Campbell, A. Ferro, Y. Gim, W. Kofman, G. Komatsu, W. McKinnon, G. Mitri, R. Orosei, G. W. Patterson, D. Plettemeier, R. Seu, IEEE, (2013), RIME: RADAR FOR ICY MOON EXPLORATION, 2013 Ieee International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (Igarss), 3907-3910

Andrew J. Dombard, G. Wesley Patterson, Adam P. Lederer, Louise M. Prockter, (2013), Flanking fractures and the formation of double ridges on Europa, Icarus, 223, 74-81

R. T. Pappalardo, S. Vance, F. Bagenal, B. G. Bills, D. L. Blaney, D. D. Blankenship, W. B. Brinckerhoff, J. E. P. Connerney, K. P. Hand, T. M. Hoehler, J. S. Leisner, W. S. Kurth, M. A. McGrath, M. T. Mellon, J. M. Moore, G. W. Patterson, L. M. Prockter, D. A. Senske, B. E. Schmidt, E. L. Shock, D. E. Smith, K. M. Soderlund, (2013), Science Potential from a Europa Lander, Astrobiology, 13, 740-773

Lynnae C. Quick, Olivier S. Barnouin, Louise M. Prockter, G. Wesley Patterson, (2013), Constraints on the detection of cryovolcanic plumes on Europa, Planetary and Space Science, 86, 1-9

P. D. Spudis, D. B. J. Bussey, S. M. Baloga, J. T. S. Cahill, L. S. Glaze, G. W. Patterson, R. K. Raney, T. W. Thompson, B. J. Thomson, E. A. Ustinov, (2013), Evidence for water ice on the moon: Results for anomalous polar craters from the LRO Mini-RF imaging radar, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 118, 2016-2029

D. B. J. Bussey, R. Schulze, D. E. Wahl, M. Nolan, R. Jensen, G. W. Patterson, F. S. Turner, D. A. Yocky, J. T. S. Cahill, R. K. Raney, C. Neish, P. D. Spudis, C. V. Jakowatz, Mini-RF Team, (2012), EXPLORING FOR ICE WITH BISTATIC RADAR OBSERVATIONS OF THE MOON USING THE ARECIBO OBSERVATORY & THE MINI-RF INSTRUMENT ON LRO., Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 47, A91

C. D. Neish, L. M. Prockter, G. W. Patterson, (2012), Observational constraints on the identification and distribution of chaotic terrain on icy satellites, Icarus, 221, 72-79

G. Wesley Patterson, Chris Paranicas, Louise M. Prockter, (2012), Characterizing electron bombardment of Europa's surface by location and depth, Icarus, 220, 286-290

R. Keith Raney, Joshua T. S. Cahill, G. Wesley Patterson, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, (2012), The m-chi decomposition of hybrid dual-polarimetric radar data with application to lunar craters, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 117

R. Keith Raney, Joshua T. S. Cahill, G. Wesley Patterson, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, IEEE, (2012), THE M-CHI DECOMPOSITION OF HYBRID DUAL-POLARIMETRIC RADAR DATA, 2012 Ieee International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (Igarss), 5093-5096

B. J. Thomson, D. B. J. Bussey, C. D. Neish, J. T. S. Cahill, E. Heggy, R. L. Kirk, G. W. Patterson, R. K. Raney, P. D. Spudis, T. W. Thompson, E. A. Ustinov, (2012), An upper limit for ice in Shackleton crater as revealed by LRO Mini-RF orbital radar, Geophysical Research Letters, 39

C. D. Neish, D. B. J. Bussey, P. Spudis, W. Marshall, B. J. Thomson, G. W. Patterson, L. M. Carter, (2011), The nature of lunar volatiles as revealed by Mini-RF observations of the LCROSS impact site, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 116

B. E. Schmidt, D. D. Blankenship, G. W. Patterson, P. M. Schenk, (2011), Active formation of 'chaos terrain' over shallow subsurface water on Europa, Nature, 479, 502-505

G. Wesley Patterson, James W. Head, (2010), Segmented lineaments on Europa: Implications for the formation of ridge complexes and bright bands, Icarus, 205, 528-539

Louise M. Prockter, Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Bernd Giese, Ralf Jaumann, Ralph D. Lorenz, Robert T. Pappalardo, Gerald W. Patterson, Peter C. Thomas, Elizabeth P. Turtle, Roland J. Wagner, (2010), Characteristics of Icy Surfaces, Space Science Reviews, 153, 63-111

G. W. Patterson, J. W. Head, R. T. Pappalardo, (2006), Plate motion on Europa and nonrigid behavior of the icy lithosphere: The Castalia Macula region, Journal of Structural Geology, 28, 2237-2258