Andrew Rivkin Print



:   Planetary Astronomer

:  Planetary


Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
SB Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD Planetary Sciences 1997 University of Arizona

I received my Ph.D. in Planetary Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1997. At the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, my research centers around near-infrared spectroscopy and spectrophotometry of asteroids. In particular, I'm interested in those asteroids that have evidence of water or organic materials in them, detectable in their infrared reflectance spectrum. This pursuit has led to studies of asteroids from 1996 FG3, a near-Earth asteroid on which clay minerals has been found, to 24 Themis, an asteroid in the outer belt on which his team found water ice -- a first for asteroids. I have particular interest in the dwarf planet Ceres, producing several papers in the past few years detailing its unusual composition and variation across its surface, as well a focus paper for the Planetary Science Decadal Survey. In addition to observational work, I have been active in the broader near-Earth object community, serving as a team member in several efforts to understand and report the impact hazard we face and how to lessen it, and leading a group reporting to NASA about the most important unknown factors related to human exploration of an asteroid.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
Start Year End Year Description
1997 2000 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona
2000 2005 Research Scientist, MIT
2005 Current Senior Staff, APL
Start Year End Year Description
2011 Current Treasurer, AAS Division of Planetary Sciences
2010 2010 Chair, SBAG Strategic Knowledge Gap Special Action Team
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A.F. Cheng, J. Atchison, B. Kantsiper, A.S. Rivkin, A. Stickle, C. Reed, A. Galvez, I. Carnelli, P. Michel, S. Ulamec, (2015), Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission, Acta Astronautica, 115, 262

A.M. Stickle, J.A. Atchison, O.S. Barnouin, A.F. Cheng, D.A. Crawford, C.M. Ernst, Z. Fletcher, A.S. Rivkin, (2015), Modeling Momentum Transfer from Kinetic Impacts: Implications for Redirecting Asteroids, Procedia Engineering, 103, 577

Michael K. Shepard, Patrick A. Taylor, Michael C. Nolan, Ellen S. Howell, Alessondra Springmann, Jon D. Giorgini, Brian D. Warner, Alan W. Harris, Robert Stephens, William J. Merline, Andrew Rivkin, Lance A.M. Benner, Dan Coley, Beth Ellen Clark, Maureen Ockert-Bell, Christopher Magri, (2015), A radar survey of M- and X-class asteroids. {III}. Insights into their composition, hydration state, {\&} structure, Icarus, 245, 38

Andrew S. Rivkin, Erik Asphaug, William F. Bottke, (2014), The case of the missing Ceres family, Icarus, 243, 429

Fraeman, A.A., Murchie, S.L., Arvidson, R.E., Clark, R.N., Morris, R.V., Rivkin, A.S., Vilas, F., (2014), Spectral absorptions on Phobos and Deimos in the visible/near infrared wavelengths and their compositional constraints, Icarus, 229, 196-205

J. M. Trigo-Rodriguez, C. E. Moyano-Cambero, J. Llorca, S. Fornasier, M. A. Barucci, I. Belskaya, Z. Martins, A. S. Rivkin, E. Dotto, J. M. Madiedo, A.-A. Jacinto, (2013), {UV} to far-{IR} reflectance spectra of carbonaceous chondrites - I. Implications for remote characterization of dark primitive asteroids targeted by sample-return missions, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437, 227

Rivkin, Andrew S., Howell, Ellen S., Vervack, Ronald J., Magri, Chris, Nolan, Michael C., Fernandez, Yan R., Cheng, Andrew F., Antonietta Barucci, M., Michel, Patrick, (2013), The NEO (175706) 1996 FG3 in the 2–4μm spectral region: Evidence for an aqueously altered surface, Icarus, 223, 493-498

Barucci, M.A., Cheng, A.F., Michel, P., Benner, L.A.M., Binzel, R.P., Bland, P.A., Böhnhardt, H., Brucato, J.R., Bagatin, A.C., Cerroni, P., Dotto, E., Fitzsimmons, A., Franchi, I.A., Green, S.F., Lara, L.-M., Licandro, J., Marty, B., Muinonen, K., Nathues, A., Oberst, J., Rivkin, A.S., Robert, F., Saladino, R., Trigo-Rodriguez, J.M., Ulamec, S., Zolensky, M., (2012), MarcoPolo-R near earth asteroid sample return mission, Experimental Astronomy, 33, 645-684,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Landis, R., Barbee, B., Mink, R., Garvin, J., Sellers, P., Bell, P.A., Mauzy, S., Graham, L., Adamo, D., Mazanek, D., Reed, C., Cheng, A., Rivkin, A., Gold, R., Hibbard, K., Dissly, R., Jones, T., Johnson, L., Gerstenmaier, W., (2011), A simplified, low risk strategy for the exploration of near-earth objects, 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011, 3, 1776-1786,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Rivkin, Andrew S., Clark, Beth E., Ockert-Bell, Maureen, Volquardsen, Eric, Howell, Ellen S., Bus, Schelte J., Thomas, Cristina A., Shepard, Michael, (2011), Asteroid 21 Lutetia at 3μm: Observations with IRTF SpeX, Icarus, 216, 62-68

Yanamandra-Fisher, P., Simon-Miller, A., Barrado-Izagirre, N., Marchis, F., Mousis, O., Ortiz, J.L., García-Rojas, J., Cecconi, M., Clarke, J.T., Noll, K., Pedraz, S., Wesley, A., Kalas, P., McConnell, N., Golisch, W., Griep, D., Sears, P., Volquardsen, E., Reddy, V., Shara, M., Binzel, R., Grundy, W., Emery, J., Rivkin, A., Thomas, C., Trilling, D., Bjorkman, K., Burgasser, A.J., Campins, H., Sato, T.M., Kasaba, Y., Ziffer, J., Mirzoyan, R., Fitzgerald, M., Bouy, H., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Orton, G.S., Hueso, R., Pérez-Hoyos, S., Fletcher, L.N., García-Melendo, E., Gomez-Forrellad, J.M., de Pater, I., Wong, M., Hammel, H.B., (2011), Long-term evolution of the aerosol debris cloud produced by the 2009 impact on Jupiter, Icarus, 214, 462-476,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Beth Ellen Clark, Julie Ziffer, David Nesvorny, Humberto Campins, Andrew S. Rivkin, Takahiro Hiroi, Maria Antonietta Barucci, Marcello Fulchignoni, Richard P. Binzel, Sonia Fornasier, Francesca DeMeo, Maureen E. Ockert-Bell, Javier Licandro, Thais Moth{\'{e}}-Diniz, (2010), Spectroscopy of B-type asteroids: Subgroups and meteorite analogs, J. Geophys. Res., 115

Rivkin, Andrew S., Volquardsen, Eric L., (2010), Rotationally-resolved spectra of Ceres in the 3-μm region, Icarus, 206, 327-333

Rivkin, Andrew, Chabot, Nancy, Russo, Neil Dello, (2009), Editorial, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 44, 1823

Rivkin, A.S., McFadden, L.A., Binzel, R.P., Sykes, M., (2006), Rotationally-resolved spectroscopy of Vesta I: 2–4 μm region, Icarus, 180, 464-472

Vokrouhlický, D., Brož, M., Morbidelli, A., Bottke, W.F., Nesvorný, D., Lazzaro, D., Rivkin, A.S., (2006), Yarkovsky footprints in the Eos family, Icarus, 182, 92-117,

BINZEL, Richard P., PEROZZI, Ettore, RIVKIN, Andrew S., ROSSI, Alessandro, HARRIS, Alan W., BUS, Schelte J., VALSECCHI, Giovanni B., SLIVAN, Stephen M., (2004), Dynamical and compositional assessment of near-Earth object mission targets, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 39, 351-366

Buratti, B.J., Britt, D.T., Soderblom, L.A., Hicks, M.D., Boice, D.C., Brown, R.H., Meier, R., Nelson, R.M., Oberst, J., Owen, T.C., et al., (2004), 9969 Braille: Deep Space 1 infrared spectroscopy, geometric albedo, and classification, Icarus, 167, 129-135,

A. S. RIVKIN, J. K. DAVIES, J. R. JOHNSON, S. L. ELLISON, D. E. TRILLING, R. H. BROWN, L. A. LEBOFSKY, (2003), Hydrogen concentrations on C-class asteroids derived from remote sensing, Meteoritics {\&} Planetary Science, 38, 1383

Rivkin, A, (2002), Near-Infrared Spectrophotometry of Phobos and Deimos, Icarus, 156, 64-75,

BINZEL, Richard P., RIVKIN, Andrew S., BUS, Schelte J., SUNSHINE, Jessica M., BURBINE, Thomas H., (2001), MUSES-C target asteroid (25143) 1998 SF36: A reddened ordinary chondrite, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36, 1167-1172

Turtle, E.P., Minitti, M.E., Cohen, B.A., Chabot, N.L., Tourbier, D., Bachman, C., Brock, J., Foerstner, R., Hoppa, G.V., Kay, J., Lewicki, C.A., Mastrapa, R.M.E., Patel, J., Sherman, N., Spitale, J.N., Rivkin, A.S., Trilling, D.E., Villegas, D., Weitz, C.M., (1999), AMBASSADOR: Asteroid sample return mission to 7 iris, Acta Astronautica, 45, 415-422,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Rivkin, A, (1997), Infrared Spectrophotometry of the NEAR Flyby Target 253 Mathilde, Icarus, 127, 255-257