Adjunct Professor, Dept. Earth Sciences, Western University
Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX)
Planetary remote sensing (Mars, Moon and Earth)
Impact cratering as a geologic process: including crater formation, shock processes, impactites, crater morphology/morphometry, and impact-induced alteration mechanisms
Martian spectroscopy as it pertains to petrogenesis and evolution (alteration) of the upper crust
Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science
University of Tenessee
Knoxville TN, USA
Thesis topic: Remote sensing of impact crater-exposed subsurface lithologies & Martian rayed crater systems http://etd.utk.edu/2007/TornabeneLivio.pdf
M.Sc. Geological Sciences
University of South Florida
Tampa FL, USA
Thesis topic:The Gatun Structure: A geological assessment of a newly recognized impact structure near Gatun Lake in the Republic De Panama http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/SFE0000019
University of Florida
Gainesville FL, USA
Awards & Scholarships
2011 NASA Group Achievement Award - MRO-HiRISE Operations and Science
2010 “Charles Lindbergh” Fellow at the Center for Earth and Planetary Science at the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2005 NASA Group Achievement Award – Mars Exploration Rovers Science and Operations
Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2012), Widespread crater-related pitted materials on Mars: further evidence for the role of target volatiles during the impact process, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.022
Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2008), Surface & crater-exposed lithologic units of the Isidis Basin as mapped by co-analysis of THEMIS & TES derived data products, J. Geophys. Res., 113, doi:10.1029/2007JE002988.
Tornabene L. L., & 6 others (2006), Identification of large (2–10 km) rayed craters on Mars in THEMIS thermal infrared images: Implications for possible Martian meteorite source regions, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E10006, doi:10.1029/2005JE002600.
Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2005) Spaceborne visible & thermal infrared lithologic mapping of impact-exposed subsurface lithologies at the Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Canadian High Arctic: Applications to Mars, MAPS, 40, 1835-1858.
Conference Presentations and Abstracts
Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012), A crater-exposed bedrock database for Mars with applications for determing the composition and the structure of the upper crust, 3rd International conference on Early Mars, held May 21-25, 2012 in Lake Tahoe, Navada. p. 7069.
Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012) Wide-spread occurrence of crater-related pitted materials on Mars: Implications for the role of target volatiles during the impact process, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 19-23, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.2418.
Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012) Utility of remote sensing, robotic precursor data & a focused science hypothesis for a follow-on human exploration lunar analogue mission at the Mistastin Lake (Kamestastin) impact structure, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 19-23, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.2390.
Tornabene L. L., et al. (2010) Another putative Hesparian-aged crater-related hydrothermal site in Syrtis Major, Mars, Euro. Planet. Sci. Congress, help Sept. 20-24, 2010 in Rome, Italy, vol. 5, p. 644.
Tornabene L. L., et al. (2010) Crater-exposed bedrock database for Mars & preliminary results from a focused study of hydrated silicates, Mars, 41th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference, held March 1-5, 2009 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.1737
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