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Mark Robinson

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography

Dr. Robinson serves as the PI for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. He is also the PI for a new NASA lunar imaging experiment ShadowCam, which is now under development. 

Dr. Robinson's research interests are currently focused on the origin and evolution of planetary crusts, including volcanism, tectonism, and regolith development.  His investigations are approached using a variety of remote sensing techniques and utilizing datasets from a dozen NASA missions.  Dr. Robinson’s graduate school took him to the University of Hawaii, where he worked with researchers studying Mars, Mercury and the Moon. Later, he worked on the Clementine mission that began the second era of lunar exploration. He was also a member of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission that orbited the asteroid 433 Eros. Much of his current research efforts focus on expanding on our knowledge of the lunar surface, paving the way for future human and robotic exploration of the Moon.

Education

Doctorate: Some Aspects of Lunar and Martian Volcanism, 1993, Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

Master of Science: Some Aspects of Martian Topography, 1991, Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

Bachelor of Science: 1988, Geology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Bachelor of Arts: Double Major - Political Science and Fine Arts, 1982, University of the South, Sewanee TN.

Publications

Boyce, J. M., T. A. Giguere, B. Ray Hawke, P. J. Mouginis-Mark, M. S. Robinson, S. J. Lawrence, D. Trang, and R. N. Clegg-Watkins (2017), Hansteen Mons: An LROC geological perspective, Icarus, 283, 254-267.

Henriksen, M. R, M. R. Manheim, K. N. Burns, P. Seymour, E. J. Speyerer, A. Deran, A. K. Boyd, E. Howington-Kraus, M. R. Rosiek, B. A. Archinal, and M. S. Robinson (2017), Extracting accurate and precise topography from LROC narrow angle camera stereo observations, Icarus, 283, 122-137, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.012.

Karachevtseva, I.P., N.A. Kozlova, A. A. Kokhanov, A. E. Zubarev, I. E. Nadezhdina, V. D. Patratiy, A. A. Konopikhin, A. T. Basilevsky, A. M. Abdrakhimov, J. Oberst, I. Haase, B. L. Jolliff, J. B. Plescia, M. S. Robinson (2017), Cartography of the Luna-21 landing site and Lunokhod-2 traverse area based on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images and surface archive TV-panoramas, Icarus, 283, 104–121, 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.021.

Sato, H., M. S. Robinson, S. J. Lawrence, B. W. Denevi, B. Hapke, B. L. Jolliff, H. Hiesinger  (2017) Lunar mare TiO2 abundances estimated from UV/Vis reflectance, Icarus, 296, 216–238. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.06.013.

Smith, D. E., M. T. Zuber, G. A. Neumann, E. Mazarico, F. G. Lemoine, J. W. Head III, P. G. Lucey, O. Aharonson, M. S. Robinson et al. (2017), Summary of the results from the lunar orbiter laser altimeter after seven years in lunar orbit, Icarus, 283, 70-91, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.06.006

Wagner, R. V., D. M. Nelson, J. B. Plescia, M. S. Robinson, E. J. Speyerer, and E. Mazarico (2017), Coordinates of anthropogenic features on the Moon, Icarus, 283, 92-103, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.011

Robinson, M. S., P. C. Thomas, J. B. Plescia, B. W. Denevi, K. N. Burns, E. B. Cisneros, M. R. Henriksen, C. H. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger, P. Mahanti, R. W. Stelling, and R. Z. Povilaitis (2016), An Exceptional Grouping Of Lunar Highland Smooth Plains: Geography, Morphology, and Possible Origins, Icarus, 273, 121-134, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.06.028.

Ashley, J. W., M. S. Robinson, J. D. Stopar, T. D. Glotch, B. R. Hawke, S. J. Lawrence, B. L. Jolliff, H. Hiesinger, C. H. van der Bogert, B. T. Greenhagen, and D. A. Paige (2016), The Lassell Massif — a Silicic Lunar Volcano, Icarus, 273, 248-261, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.12.036.

Clegg-Watkins, R. N., B. L. Jolliff, A. K. Boyd, M. S. Robinson, R. Wagner, J. D. Stopar, J. B. Plescia, and E. J. Speyerer (2016), Photometric characterization of the Chang’e-3 landing site using LROC NAC images, Icarus, 273, 84-95, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.12.010.

Denevi, B.W., M. S. Robinson, A. K. Boyd, D. T. Blewett, and R. L. Klima (2016), The distribution and extent of lunar swirls, Icarus, 273, 53-67, dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.icarus.2016.01.017.

Humm, D. C., M. Tschimmel, S. M. Brylow, P. Mahanti, T. N. Tran, S. E. Braden, S. Wiseman, J. Danton, E. M. Eliason, and M. S. Robinson (2016), Flight calibration of the LROC Narrow Angle Camera, Space Science Reviews, 200, 431-473, doi:10.1007/s11214-015-0201-8.

Mahanti, P., D. C. Humm, M. S. Robinson, A. K. Boyd, R. Stelling, H. Sato, B. W. Denevi, S. E. Braden, E. Bowman-Cisneros, S. M. Brylow, and M. Tschimmel (2016), Inflight Calibration of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Wide Angle Camera, Space Science Reviews, 200, 353-430,  doi:10.1007/s11214-015-0197-0.

Meyer, H. M., B. W. Denevi, A. K. Boyd, and M. S. Robinson (2016), The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin, Icarus, 273, 135-145, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.014.

Plescia, J. B., M. S. Robinson, R. Wagner, and R. Baldridge (2016), Ranger and Apollo S-IVB spacecraft impact craters, Planetary and Space Sciences, 124, 15-35, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2016.01.002.

Speyerer[MR1] , E.J., R.V. Wagner, M. S. Robinson, A. Licht, P.C. Thomas, K. Becker, J. Anderson, S.M. Brylow, D.C. Humm, M. Tschimmel (2016), Pre-flight and On-orbit Geometric Calibration of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Space Science Reviews, 200, 357-392, doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0073-3.

Speyerer, E. J., S. J. Lawrence, J. D. Stopar, P. Gläser, M. S. Robinson, and B. L. Jolliff (2016), Optimized traverse planning for future polar prospectors based on lunar topography, Icarus, 273, 337-345, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.03.011.

Speyerer, E.J., R.Z. Povilaitis, M. S. Robinson, P.C. Thomas, R.V. Wagner (2016), Quantifying crater production and regolith overturn on the Moon with temporal imaging, Nature, 538, 215-218, doi:10.1038/nature19829.

Robinson, M.S., A.K. Boyd, B.W. Denevi, S.J. Lawrence, A.S. McEwen, D.E. Moser, R.Z. Povilaitis, R.W. Stelling, R.M. Suggs, S.D. Thompson, R. V. Wagner (2015), New Crater on the Moon and a Swarm of Secondaries, Icarus, 252, 229-235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.icarus.2015.01.019.

Ernst, C.M., B.W. Denevi, O.S. Barnouin, C. Klimczak, N.L. Chabot, J.W. Head, S.L. Murchie, G.A. Neumann, L.M. Prockter, M. S. Robinson, S.C. Solomon, Thomas R. Watters (2015), Stratigraphy of the Caloris basin, Mercury: Implications for volcanic history and basin impact melt, Icarus, 250, 413-429, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.11.003.

French, R.A., C.R. Bina, M. S. Robinson, T.R. Watters (2015), Small-scale lunar graben: distribution, dimensions, and formation processes, Icarus, 252, 95-106, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus, 2014.12.031.

Ostrach, L.R., M. S. Robinson, J.L. Whitten, C.I. Fassett, R.G. Strom, J.W. Head, S.C. Solomon, (2015), Extent, age, and resurfacing history of the northern smooth plains on Mercury from MESSENGER observations, Icarus, 250, 602-622, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.11.010.

Watters, T.R., M.M. Selvans, M.E. Banks1, S.A. Hauck II, K.J. Becker, M. S. Robinson (2015), Distribution of large-scale contractional tectonic landforms on Mercury: Implications for the origin of global stresses, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063570.

Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, G. C. Collins, M. E. Banks, K. Daud, N. R. Williams, M. M. Selvans (2015), Global Thrust Faulting on the Moon and the Influence of Earth-Raised Tidal Stresses, Geology, 10.1130/G37120.1.

Bauch, K.E., H. Hiesinger, J. Helbert, M. S. Robinson, F. Scholten (2014), Estimation of lunar surface temperatures and thermophysical properties: test of a thermal model in preparation of the MERTIS experiment onboard BepiColombo, Planetary and Space Science, 101, 27-36, doi: 0.1016/j.pss.2014.06.004.

Braden, S.E., J.D. Stopar, M. S. Robinson, S.J. Lawrence, C.H. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger (2014), Evidence for basaltic volcanism on the Moon within the past 100 million years, Nature Geoscience, 7, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2252.

Clegg, R.N., B.L. Jolliff, M. S. Robinson, B.W. Hapke, J.B. Plescia (2014), Effects of Rocket Exhaust on Lunar Soil Reflectance Properties, Icarus, 227, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2013.09.013.

Denevi, B.W., M. S. Robinson, A.K. Boyd, H. Sato, B.W. Hapke, B. Ray Hawke (2014), Characterization of space weathering from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera ultraviolet observations of the Moon, Journal of Geophysical Research Planets, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JE004527.

Gläser, P, F. Scholten, D. De Rosa, R. Marco Figuera, J. Oberst, E. Mazarico, G.A. Neumann, M. S. Robinson (2014), Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA, Icarus, 243, 78-90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.013.

Mahanti, P., M. S. Robinson, D.C. Humm, J.D. Stopar (2014), A standardized approach for quantitative characterization of impact crater topography, Icarus, 241, 114-129, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.06.023.

Sato, H., M. S. Robinson, B. Hapke, B.W. Denevi and A.K. Boyd (2014) Resolved Hapke parameter maps of the Moon, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 119, 1775-1805, doi:10.1002/2013JE004580.

Stopar, J. D., B. R. Hawke, M. S. Robinson, B. W. Denevi, T. A. Giguere, S. D. Koeber (2014) Occurrence and Mechanisms of Impact Melt Emplacement at Small Lunar Craters, Icarus, 243, 337-357, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.011.

Wagner, R.V., M. S. Robinson (2014), Distribution, formation mechanisms, and significance of lunar pits, Icarus, 237, 52-60, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.04.002.

Braden, S.E. and M. S. Robinson (2013), Relative rates of optical maturation of regolith on Mercury and the Moon, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118, 1903-1914 doi:10.1002/jgre.20143.

Denevi, B.W., C.M. Ernst, H.M. Meyer, M. S. Robinson, S.L. Murchie, J.L. Whitten, J.W. Head, T.R. Watters, S.C. Solomon, L.R. Ostrach, C.R. Chapman, P.K. Byrne, C. Klimczak, and P.N. Peplowski (2013), The distribution and origin of smooth plains on Mercury, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/jgre.20075.

Dolgopolov, V.P., A.T. Basilevsky, M. S. Robinson, J.B. Plescia, J.W. Head (2013), Where did the Luna 23 and 24 spacecraft land?: Comparing the spacecraft seen in LROC NAC images with synthetic images, Planetary and Space Science, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2013.03.013.

Karachevtseva, I., J. Oberst, F. Scholten, А. Konopikhin, K. Shingareva, E. Cherepanova, E. Gusakova, I. Haase, O. Peters, J. Plescia, M. Robinson (2013), Cartography of the Lunokhod-1 landing site and traverse from LRO image and stereo-topographic data, Planetary and Space Science, 85, 175-187. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2013.06.002.

Lawrence, S.J., J.D. Stopar, B.R. Hawke, B.T. Greenhagen, J.T.S. Cahill, J.L. Bandfield, B.L. Jolliff, B.W. Denevi, M. S. Robinson, T.D. Glotch, D.B.J. Bussey, P.D. Spudis, T.A. Giguere, W.B. Garry (2013), LRO observations of morphology and surface roughness of volcanic cones and lobate lava flows in the Marius Hills, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, doi:10.1002/jgre.20060.

Mahanti, P., M. S. Robinson (2013), Visualization of probabilistic relationships in shape-maturity data for lunar craters, Proc. SPIE 9017, Visualization and Data Analysis 2014, 90170W; doi:10.1117/12.2042618.

Speyerer, E.J, and M. S. Robinson (2013), Persistently Illuminated Regions at the Lunar Poles: Ideal Sites For Future Exploration, Icarus, 222, 122-136, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.10.010.

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 404Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 405Explo Systems Engineering
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 404Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 494Special Topics
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 404Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 405Explo Systems Engineering
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 404Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 405Explo Systems Engineering
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 404Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 494Special Topics
GLG 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 405Explo Systems Engineering
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
GLG 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

NASA Group Achievement Award – Lunar Recconnaisance Orbiter Extended Science Mission, 2015

NASA Group Achievement Award – Lunar Recconnaisance Orbiter Science Mission, 2013

NASA Group Achievement Award – Lunar Recconnaisance Orbiter Exploration Mission, 2011

NASA Group Achievement Award – LRO Operations Team, 2011

NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for serving on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009, awarded 12 November 2010

NASA Group Achievement Award – Lunar Recconnaisance Orbiter Team, 2010

NASA Group Achievement Award – NEAR Shoemaker Mission Team, 2002

NASA Group Achievement Award – NEAR Mathilde Flyby, 1998

Service

NASA Advisory Council, Science Committee member (two terms), 2013 – 2017.

NASA Advisory Council Member (two terms), 2005 – 2009.

Co-convened and organized “Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Science Targeting Meeting” Tempe, AZ, June 9 to 11, 2009.

NASA Lunar Field Geology Workshop, Invited Participant, Lunar Planetary Institute, Houston, June 11-12, 2008.

Co-convened and organized “Go for Lunar Landing Meeting”, Tempe AZ, March 4-5, 2008.

Organizing committee, NASA Workshop on Science Associated with the Lunar Exploration Architecture 27 February - 2 March 2007.

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