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Nicholas H. Warner

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
ISC 253
585-245-5643
warner@geneseo.edu

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

Education

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"

Employment

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-017-0352-x

Website: nhwarner.com

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

Grants

  • 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

Classes

  • GSCI 121: N/Our Geological EnvironmntLab

    An introduction to description and interpretation of rocks, geologic, and topographic maps. Students will learn identification techniques, data collection, and systematic analysis of data sets to better understand earth processes. Corequisite: GSCI 120.

  • GSCI 160: Physical Geology

    An introduction to the study of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on examination of the materials, surface features, structures and internal characteristics of the Earth, and on the geological processes that caused them. Corequisites: GSCI 161. Offered every fall

  • GSCI 333: GeolApp-RemoteSensingImgry-Lab

    Photogrammetric and digital analysis of aerial and satellite imagery as applied to the solution of geologic problems. Emphasis is on interpretation of the geomorphology and geologic structure of the Earth's surface from film and digital images incorporating GIS (geographic information system) software such as ArcView 8 and GPS (geographic positioning system) instrumentation. The creation of GIS-based geologic maps by combining field data and georegistered imagery on standard base maps is included. Prerequisites: GSCI 331 or permission of instructor.

  • GSCI 333: GeolApp-RemoteSensingImgry-Lec

    Photogrammetric and digital analysis of aerial and satellite imagery as applied to the solution of geologic problems. Emphasis is on interpretation of the geomorphology and geologic structure of the Earth's surface from film and digital images incorporating GIS (geographic information system) software such as ArcView 8 and GPS (geographic positioning system) instrumentation. The creation of GIS-based geologic maps by combining field data and georegistered imagery on standard base maps is included. Prerequisites: GSCI 331 or permission of instructor.