Nathan Bridges Print



:   Planetary Geologist

:  Planetary

  Mars 2020, SuperCam, MEDA, MRO, HiRISE, MSL, ChemCam

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Ph.D. Geology 1997 University of Massachusetts
MS Geology 1992 Arizona State University
BA Geology 1989 University of Colorado

Nathan passed away April 26, 2017. This profile is static for legacy purposes.

I am a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where I have worked since 2009. Prior to that I was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997-2009). Currently I am also an Associate Research Professor in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at Johns Hopkins University. My primary research focus is planetary surface processes, in particular the mechanisms, rates, and dynamics of wind and associated particle transport on Mars, Earth, and Titan. In my work, I combine mission participation and data analysis, field investigations, experiments (mainly in wind tunnels), and modeling.  I'm a Co-Investigator on the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, ChemCam on the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover, and the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) on the Mars-2020 rover. I'm also a Collaborator on SuperCam on Mars-2020, and PI on NASA grants to study sand dune motion on Mars and Titan.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Surface materials and properties
Start Year End Year Description
2009 Current Staff Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
1997 2009 Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Start Year End Year Description
1988 Current American Geophysical Union member
1997 Current Geological Society of America member
2011 2013 Eos Editorial Advisory Board (Planetary Section)
2013 2014 AGU Planetary Section Secretary
2015 Current AGU Planetary Section President-Elect
2015 2015 Mars Next Orbiter Science Advisory Group
Year Description
1992 Dwornik Best Student Paper Award at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
2005 NASA Group Achievement Award, MER Science/Science Support Team
2006 NASA Group Achievement Award, MRO Project Development Team
2011 NASA Group Achievement Award, MRO HiRISE Science Team
2013 NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL ChemCam Instrument Develop. and Science Team
2015 NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Prime Mission Science and Operations Team
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