Kirby Runyon Print



:   Planetary Geomorphologist

:  Planetary, Earth

  LRO, LROC, Mars 2020, MEDA, MRO, HiRISE, New Horizons, LORRI

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Planetary Geology 2017 Johns Hopkins University
MS Planetary Geology 2011 Temple University
BA Physics 2008 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
Start Year End Year Description
2013 Current Geology & Geophysics Imaging team affiliate, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt
2013 Current 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
K.D. Runyon, N.T. Bridges, F. Ayoub, C.E. Newman, J.J. Quade, (2017), An integrated model for dune morphology and sand fluxes on Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 457, 204

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, (2017), Craters of the Pluto-Charon system, Icarus, 287, 187-206

Runyon, K. D., Bridges, N. T., Ayoub, F., Newman, C. E., Quade, J. J., (2017), An integrated model for dune morphology and sand fluxes on Mars (vol 457, pg 204, 2017), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 460, 320-321

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., 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

Lemelin, Myriam, Blair, David M., Roberts, Carolyn E., Runyon, Kirby D., Nowka, Daniela, Kring, David A., (2014), High-priority lunar landing sites for in situ and sample return studies of polar volatiles, Planetary and Space Science, 101, 149-161