Nicholas H. Warner (he/him)

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
ISC 253

Nicholas Warner is a planetary geologist who has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014. He is also a SUNY Geneseo alumnus ('00).

Nick Warner

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (2004-2008)
Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Dissertation Title: “Chasma Boreale, Mars: A possible analog for catastrophic outwash systems in Iceland?”

M.S. in Geological Sciences (2000-2002)
State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Geology
Thesis Title: “Rheologic and emplacement parameters for a lava flow field southwest of Arsia Mons, Mars: Comparisons to Sabancaya volcano, Peru”

B.A. in Geological Sciences and Secondary Education (1996-2000)
State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Geological Sciences
Honors Thesis Title: “Placing constraints on the Frasnian-Famennian extinction boundary near Norton, VA through conodont biostratigraphy"


  • Aug 2014-current: Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York
  • Feb 2014-May 2014: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
  • Feb 2012-Feb 2014: NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
  • Oct 2008-Nov 2011: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Aug 2002-June 2004: New York State Certified Earth and Environmental Science Teacher, Spencerport High School, Spencerport, NYy

Mission Involvement

  • Aug 2018-current: NASA InSight (Mars Mission), participating scientist
  • Aug 2015-current: NASA InSight, Instrument Site Selection Working Group (ISSWG), geology lead
  • Feb 2012-current: NASA InSight, Landing site hazards, characterization, and ellipse down-selection (supervisor: Matt Golombek, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Feb 2012-current: NASA Mars Exploration Rover B (Opportunity), Geology Theme Group lead

Featured Research

Near Surface Stratigraphy and Regolith Production in Southwestern Elysium Planitia, Mars: Implications for Hesperian-Amazonian Terrains and the InSight Lander Mission (October 2017)

Abstract Excerpt: The presence of rocks in the ejecta of craters at the InSight landing site in southwestern Elysium Planitia indicates a strong, rock-producing unit at depth. A finer regolith above is inferred by the lack of rocks in the ejecta of 10-m-scale craters. This regolith should be penetrable by the mole of the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3). 

Citation: Warner, N.H., Golombek, M.P., Sweeney, J. et al. Space Sci Rev (2017) 211: 147.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. PM Grindrod, NH Warner, DEJ Hobley, C Schwartz, S Gupta (2017). Stepped fans and facies-equivalent phyllosilicates in Coprates Catena, MarsIcarus. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.10.030.
  2. NH Warner, MP Golombek, J Sweeney, R Fergason, R Kirk, C Schwartz (2017). Near Surface Stratigraphy and Regolith Production in Southwestern Elysium Planitia, Mars: Implications for Hesperian-Amazonian Terrains and the InSight Lander MissionSpace Science Reviews. doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0352-x.
  3. M. Golombek, D. Kipp, N. Warner, I.J. Daubar, R. Fergason, R.L. Kirk, et al (2017). Selection of the InSight Landing SiteSpace Science Reviews. doi:10.1007/s11214-016-0321-9.
  4. LE Morgan, M Munk, B Davidheiser‐Kroll, NH Warner, S Gupta, R Slaybaugh, P Harkness, DF Mark (2017). Instrumentation Development for In Situ 40Ar/39Ar Planetary GeochronologyGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research. doi:10.1111/ggr.12170.
  5. C Schröder, PA Bland, MP Golombek, JW Ashley, NH Warner, JA Grant (2016). Amazonian chemical weathering rate derived from stony meteorite finds at Meridiani Planum on MarsNature Communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms13459.
  6. Duller, Robert A., Warner, Nicholas H., De Angelis, Silvio, Armitage, John J., Poyatos-Moré, Miquel (2015). Reconstructing the timescale of a catastrophic fan-forming event on Earth using a Mars modelGeophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2015GL066031.
  7. R. Jaumann, D. Tirsch, E. Hauber, V. Ansan, G. Di Achille, G. Erkeling, F. Fueten, J. Head, M.G. Kleinhans, N. Mangold, G.G. Michael, G. Neukum, A. Pacifici, T. Platz, M. Pondrelli, J. Raack, D. Reiss, D.A. Williams, S. Adeli, D. Baratoux, G. de Villiers, B. Foing, S. Gupta, K. Gwinner, H. Hiesinger, H. Hoffmann, L. Le Deit, L. Marinangeli, K-D Matz, V. Mertens, J.P. Muller, J.H. Pasckert, T. Roatsch, A.P. Rossi, F. Scholten, M. Sowe, J. Voigt, N. Warner. (2015). Quantifying geological processes on Mars—Results of the high resolution stereo camera (HRSC) on Mars expressPlanetary and Space Science. doi:10.1016/j.pss.2014.11.029.
  8. Warner, N.H., Gupta, S., Calef, F., Grindrod, P., Boll, N., Goddard, K. (2015). Minimum effective area for high resolution crater counting of martian terrainsIcarus. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.09.024
  9. P.M. Grindrod and Warner, N.H. (2014). Erosion rate and previous extent of interior layered deposits on Mars revealed by obstructed landslidesGeology. doi: 10.1130/G35790.1
  10. Duller, R. A., N. H. Warner, C. McGonigle, S. De Angelis, A. J. Russell, and N. P. Mountney (2014), Landscape reaction, response, and recovery following the catastrophic 1918 Katla jökulhlaup, southern IcelandGeophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2014GL060090.
  11. Goddard, K, Warner, N.H., Gupta, S, Kim, J.R. (2014). Mechanisms and timescales of fluvial activity at Mojave and other young Martian cratersJournal of Geophysical Research: Planets. doi: 10.1002/2013JE004564.
  12. M. P. Golombek, N. H. Warner, V. Ganti, M. P. Lamb, T. J. Parker, R. L. Fergason, R. Sullivan. (2014). Small crater modification on Meridiani Planum and implications for erosion rates and climate change on MarsJournal of Geophysical Research: Planets. doi: 10.1002/2014JE004658.
  13. Warner, N.H., Sowe, M., Gupta, S., Dumke, A., Goddard, K. (2013). Fill and spill of giant lakes in the eastern Valles Marineris region of MarsGeology. doi: 10.1130/G34172.1
  14. Kim, J-R., Lin, S-Y., Muller, J-P., Warner, N.H., Gupta, S. (2013). Multi-resolution digital terrain models and their potential for Mars landing site assessmentsPlanetary and Space Science. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2013.06.001.
  15. Rice, M., Bell, J.F., Gupta, S., Warner, N.H., Goddard, K., Anderson, R. (2013). A detailed geologic characterization of Eberswalde crater, MarsThe International Journal of Mars Exploration. doi:10.1555/mars.2005.1.0.
  16. McIntyre, N., Warner, N. H., Gupta, S. Kim, J.-R. and Muller, J.-P. (2012). Hydraulic modeling of a distributary channel of Athabasca Valles, Mars, using a high-resolution digital terrain modelJournal of Geophysical Research, Planets. doi:10.1029/2011JE003939.
  17. Grindrod, P.M., West, M. Warner, N.H., Gupta, S. (2011). Formation of an Hesperian-aged sedimentary basin containing phyllosilicates in Coprates Catena, MarsIcarus. 218, 178-195.
  18. Armitage, J.J., Warner, N.H., Goddard, K., Gupta, S. (2011). Timescales of alluvial fan development by precipitation on MarsGeophysical Research Letters. 38, L17203, doi:10.1029/2011GL048907.
  19. Rice, M., Gupta, S., Bell, J., and Warner, N.H. (2011). Influence of fault-controlled topography on fluvio-deltaic sedimentary systems in Eberswalde Crater, MarsGeophysical Research Letters. 38, L16203, doi:10.1029/2011GL048149.
  20. Warner, N.H., Gupta, S., Kim, J., Muller, J. Le Corre, L., Morley, J., Lin, S., McGonigle, C. (2011). Constraints on the origin and evolution of Iani Chaos, MarsJournal of Geophysical Research, Planets. 116, E06003, doi:10.1029/2010JE003787.
  21. Bargery, A.S., Balme, M.R., Warner, N., Gallagher, C.J., and Gupta, S. 2011. A background to Mars exploration and research. In: Balme, M.R., Bargery, A.S., Gallagher, C.J., and Gupta, S. (eds) Martian GeomorphologyGeological Society London Special Publications, 356. 5 - 21.
  22. Warner, N.H., Gupta, S., Kim, J., Lin, S., and Muller, J. (2010). Retreat of a giant cataract in a long-lived (3.7 Ga – 2.6 Ga) martian outflow channelGeology. 38(9), 791-794.
  23. Warner, N., Gupta, S., Kim, J., Lin, S., and Muller, J. (2010). Hesperian equatorial thermokarst lakes in Ares Vallis as evidence for transient warm conditions on MarsGeology. 38, 71-74.
  24. Warner, N., Gupta, S., Lin. S., Kim, J., Muller, J.P., and Morley, J. (2010). Late Noachian to Hesperian climate change on Mars: Evidence of episodic warming from transient crater lakes near Ares VallisJournal of Geophysical Research, Planets. Doi: 10.1029/2009JE003522.
  25. Warner, N.H., Farmer, J. (2010). Sub-glacial hydrothermal alteration minerals in Jökulhlaup deposits in southern Iceland, with implications for detecting past or present habitable environments on Mars. Astrobiology. 10(5), 523-547.
  26. Warner, N., Gupta, S., Muller, J, Kim, J. and Lin, S. (2009). A refined chronology of catastrophic outflow events in Ares Vallis, MarsEarth and Planetary Science Letters. 288, 58-69.
  27. Warner, N.H. and Farmer, J.D. (2008). The origin of conical mounds at the mouth of Chasma BorealeJournal of Geophysical Research, Planets. 113, doi:10.1029/2007JE003028.
  28. Warner, N.H. and Farmer, J.D. (2008). Importance of aeolian processes in the origin of the north polar chasmata, MarsIcarus. 196, 368-384.
  29. Warner, N.H. and Gregg, T.K.P. (2003). Evolved lavas on Mars? Observations from southwest Arsia Mons and Sabancaya volcano, PeruJournal of Geophysical Research, Planets. 108, doi:10.1029/2002JE001969.

Grants & Awards


  • 2018: NASA Mars InSight Participating Scientist Program, Co-I, $293,000
  • 2015: NSF Scholarships in (S-STEM), Co-I, $693,000
  • 2013: Mars Data Analysis Program (NASA-MDAP), Science Principal Investigator, 3 years, $360,000
  • 2012: NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2 years, $120,000
  • 2007: Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Research in Astrobiology Grant: American Philosophical Society/NASA
  • 2005: NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship: Arizona State University

Awards & Honors

  • 2002: Stephen E. Dwornik Award, Geological Society of America Planetary Division
  • 2000: SUNY Geneseo Graduation with Honors, Geological Sciences
  • 1997: SUNY Geneseo Geological Science Alumni Scholarship