Michael Bramble

Planetary Scientist

Hello, world!

I’m Mike Bramble and I am a recent graduate of the Planetary Geoscience doctoral program at Brown University. In June 2020 I became a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I apply laboratory and remote sensing techniques to quantify the compositional and physical properties of planetary surfaces.

Current Projects:

  • Investigating mineral spectral alterations from cold, irradiated, and vacuum conditions to aid in deriving physical and chemical properties of ocean worlds

  • Using laboratory experiments to constrain how infrared emissivity spectra alter due to near-surface thermal gradients produced on airless bodies

  • Investigating the infrared spectral characteristics of the ordinary chondrites when measured at cold and vacuum conditions as an analog for the regolith of S-type asteroids.

  • Applying findings from non-ambient laboratory spectroscopic studies to advance our ability to predict asteroid orbital evolution

  • Remote characterization of the regional context of the Jezero crater landing site for the Mars 2020 rover

About ME

I’m a planetary scientist and spectroscopist, and I apply laboratory experiments and remote sensing techniques to quantify planetary chemical and physical properties and investigate surface processes. My research focuses on the advancement of quantitative analytical techniques in the geological sciences. I investigate how the extreme environmental conditions on various planetary surfaces alter the types of compositional information measured by planetary spacecraft. These extreme environments are replicated in the laboratory and include mimicking the vacuum of space, the coldness of an airless body, and the high radiation present at the surface of Europa. I use these well-controlled laboratory experiments to probe planetary spacecraft data to derive an accurate interpretation of the composition of a planetary surface.

My interests span a wide breadth, and include the topics planetary science and exploration, mineralogy and geochemistry, and analytical techniques in the physical sciences. Wider subject areas I personally find interesting include physics, history, aviation, Middle-earth, and baroque music.

Contact Information:

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 183-301
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

email: michael [dot] s [dot] bramble [at] jpl [dot] nasa [dot] gov
voicemail: +1 (626) 817-6715
twitter: @mbramble

links: Google Scholar / Research Gate / Astrophysics Data System / GitHub / ORCID


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