Kirby Runyon Print



:   Planetary Geomorphologist

:  Planetary, Earth

  MRO, HiRISE, New Horizons, LORRI

2017, PhD in Planetary Geology, Johns Hopkins University
2011, MS in Planetary Geology, Temple University
2008, BA in Physics, Houghton College

As a planetary geomorphologist and morphodynamicist, I seek to understand the evolution of planetary landscapes and the associated near-surface processes. I mainly accomplish this through analysis of remote sensing imagery and laboratory experiments. Recent key areas of focus are in quantifying the movement of aeolian bedforms on Mars using repeat orbital imagery; constraining ejecta-regolith interactions through large-scale laboratory experiments; analysis of sand grain movement on Titan through wind tunnel experiments; and constraining the lunar stratigraphic timescale with high resolution orbital imagery.

I am a science team affiliate on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt and a science team collaborator on the HiRISE (High Resolution Imagaing Science Experiment) camera currently in orbit around Mars. Additionally, I am a postdoc on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and have been invited as a member of the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) instrument on the Mars2020 rover. I hope to contribute to future and current planetary missions and mission concepts as well.

I am also interested in the ways in which future astronauts would enable planetary surface field geology on the Moon, asteroids, and Mars, and toward this end am interested in new field geology research in analog terrestrial environments.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Surface materials and properties
2013 - Present
Geology & Geophysics Imaging team affiliate, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt
2013 - Present
Science team member, HiRISE Camera
2017 - 2017
APL Concurrent Mission Design participant ("Principal Investigator")
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2016: NASA New Horizons Group Achievement Award
2013-2017: APL Graduate Student Fellowship Award
The following publication information was downloaded from Click on the publication title to view details.
An integrated model for dune morphology and sand fluxes on Mars
:   K.D. Runyon; N.T. Bridges; F. Ayoub; C.E. Newman; J.J. Quade
: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
: WOS:000389398000019
: None
Craters of the Pluto-Charon system
:   Robbins, Stuart J.; Singer, Kelsi N.; Bray, Veronica J.; Schenk, Paul; Lauer, Tod R.; Weaver, Harold A.; Runyon, Kirby; McKinnon, William B.; Beyer, Ross A.; Porter, Simon; White, Oliver L.; Hofgartner, Jason D.; Zangari, Amanda M.; Moore, Jeffrey M.; Young, Leslie A.; Spencer, John R.; Binzel, Richard P.; Buie, Marc W.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Cheng, Andrew F.; Grundy, William M.; Linscott, Ivan R.; Reitsema, Harold J.; Reuter, Dennis C.; Showalter, Mark R.; Tyler, G. Len; Olkin, Catherine B.; Ennico, Kimberly S.; Stern, S. Alan; New Horizons LORRI, MVIC Inst
:MAY 1 2017
: Icarus
: WOS:000395962200019
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An integrated model for dune morphology and sand fluxes on Mars (vol 457, pg 204, 2017)
:   Runyon, K. D.; Bridges, N. T.; Ayoub, F.; Newman, C. E.; Quade, J. J.
:FEB 15 2017
: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
: WOS:000393008500034
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The geology of Pluto and Charon through the eyes of New Horizons
:   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
:MAR 18 2016
: Science
: WOS:000372397700035
: None
The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons
:   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.
:OCT 16 2015
: Science
: WOS:000362838700032
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High-priority lunar landing sites for in situ and sample return studies of polar volatiles
:   Lemelin, Myriam; Blair, David M.; Roberts, Carolyn E.; Runyon, Kirby D.; Nowka, Daniela; Kring, David A.
:OCT 15 2014
: Planetary and Space Science
: WOS:000342256400012
: None
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