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A Panorama of our Lab
The main Planetary Volatiles Laboratory as photographed in early 2016. From Left to Right: Jacob Kloos (MSc), John Moores, Christina Smith (PDF), Brittney Cooper (UG), Casey Moore (PhD) and Curiosity Rover (MSL - on screen).


Current Laboratory Members

All levels of students and fellows are involved with research directly at PVL. Here is a listing of our current membership

  • Dr. Christina L. Smith (PDF - Professional Website)

  • Dr. Paul Godin (PDF)

  • Charissa Campbell (PhD - PHAS)
  • Jacob Kloos (PhD - ESS)
  • Giang Nguyen (PhD - ESS)

  • Solomon Segal (MSc - PHAS)
  • Brittney Cooper (MSc - ESS)
  • Alexandra Innanen (MSc - ESS)

  • Heather Stone
  • Ariella Sapers
  • Noah Stanton

ESS = Earth and Space Science Program. PHAS = Physics and Astronomy Program.

Recent Work Involving Students and Fellows


Kloos, J.L., Moores, J.E., Sangha, J., Nguyen, T.G. and Schorghofer, N. (2019) The temporal and geographic extent of seasonal cold trapping on the Moon. J. Geophys. Res. Planets Accepted for Publication.

Nguyen,T.G., C.L. Smith, A. Inannen and J.E. Moores (2019) Simulating the Formation of Martian Penitentes. P&SS. Accepted for Publication.

Moore, C.A., Moores, J.E., C.E. Newman, M.T. Lemmon, S.D. Guzewich and M. Battalio (2019) Vertical and Horizontal Heterogeneity of Atmospheric Dust Loading in Gale Crater, Mars. Icarus 329:197-206, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.041, 2019

Cooper, B.A. and Moores, J.E. (2019) A surprising and colourful martian scattering artifact. Res. Notes AAS vol 3 (2) p 40.

Kloos, J.L., Moores, J.E., Whiteway, J.A. and Aggarwal, M. (2018) Inter-annual and diurnal variability in clouds observed from MSL over two Martian years. J. Geophys. Res. Planets. 123 (1) pp.233-245 doi: 10.1002/2017JE005314.

Shear, E. and Moores, J.E. (2018) Saturn Ice Ring Exploration Network (SIREN) Mission Platform. Int. J. Space. Sci. Eng. 5(1) pp 16-42 doi: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2018.10011643.

Guzewich et al., including C.A. Moore, C.L. Smith and J.E. Moores (2017) The Vertical Dust Profile over Gale Crater, Mars. J. Geophys. Res. Doi: 10.1002/2017JE005420

Smith, C.L., B.A. Cooper and J.E. Moores (2016) Possible ground fog detection from SLI imagery of Titan. Icarus. v. 271 p.269-278 . Doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.002.

Kloos, J.L, Moores, J.E. et al. (2016) The First Year of Atmospheric Monitoring Movies from Mars Science Laboratory (Sol 0-800). Advances in Space Research. 57 (5) pp. 1223 - 1240, doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2015.12.040

Shear, E. and Moores, J.E. (2016) Hydrolyzed Polar Terrain Ice Aerobot (HYPATIA) Mission Platform. International Journal of Space Science and Engineering. 3 (4) pp 342-359.

Moore, C.A., Moores J.E. et al. (2016) A Full Martian Year of Line-of-Sight Extinction within Gale Crater, Mars as Acquired by the MSL Navcam through sol 900. Icarus. 264 pp. 102-108. Doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.09.001

Pontefract, A., G.R. Osinski, C. Cockell, C.A. Moore, J.E. Moores and G. Southam (2014) Impact-Generated endolithic habitats within crystalline rocks of the Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Canada. Astrobiology 14(6) 522-533 doi: 10.1089/ast.2013.1100.

Francis, R., J.E. Moores, K. McIsaac, D. Choi, G. Osinski (2014) Observations of wind direction by automated analysis of images from Mars and the MSL rover. Acta Astronautica 94 (2) 776-783. Doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.09.011


Former Graduate Students
Dr. Raymond Francis (2011-2014, PhD Western)
Jasmeer Sangha (2016-2018, MSc PHAS)
Elisabeth Smith (2016-2018. MSc ESS)
Eric Shear (2016-2017, MSc ESS)
Jacob Kloos (2015-2016, MSc ESS)
Giang Nguyen (2016-2018, MSc ESS)
Charissa Campbell (2016-2018, MSc PHAS)

Former Undergraduate Students:
Brittney Cooper (2014-2018)
Alexandre Seguin (2016-2018)
Alexandra Innanen (2017-2018)
Keagan Lee (2017)
Rachel Modestino (Atmospheric Science, 2016-2017)
Kyra McLellan (Space Engineering, 2016)
Alfred Ferwerda (Physics and Astronomy 2015-2016)
Ian Tomaszewski (Space Engineering, 2014-2015)
Breannon Lewis (Space Engineering, York University, 2013-2015)
Amy Warchuk (Physics, Queen's University, 2014)
Taesung Ha (Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2013)
Robert Fajber (Atmospheric Science, University of Victoria, 2013)