Jacob Elvin Bleacher

Jacob Elvin Bleacher

  • RSCH AST, SOLID EARTH GEOPHYSICAL STD
  • 301.614.6455
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Jacob Bleacher’s research focuses on comparing the development of volcanic provinces on the Earth, Moon, Mars and asteroids and understanding their subsequent modification through a combination of terrestrial field studies and spacecraft data analysis. His current research combines field work, geomorphology, volcanology, planetary geology, and remote sensing.  He also combines his expertise in field and planetary geology to test the science capabilities of NASA’s newest instrument, suit and rover technologies via collaborations with other NASA Centers and academia.

    Research Interests

    Studies of volcano and lava flow field development

    Technology field tests

    Development of handheld instruments for space exploration

    Astronaut Field Geology Training

    Current Projects

    Remote, In Situ & Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E), part of the NASA Solar System Exploration & Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) (2014-2019)

    Coordinated spectral, thermophysical and morphological studies of rock-dominated units on Mars (2015-2018)

    Evaluating the Role of Distributed Volcanism in the Development of the Tharsis Region of Mars (2014-2017)

    Sinuous channels in volcanic provinces on the Earth and Mars: Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (2014-2017)

    A fresh perspective on ancient volcanism: Investigation of new types of highland volcanic constructs in Arabia Terra and beyond: Mas Data Analysis Program (2014-2017)

    Volcanic plains on Mars: Lava morphologies, emplacement dynamics, and paleoenvironments in northeastern Elysium Planitia and Central Tharsis: Mars Data Analysis Program (2013-2016)

    Geologic exploration methodology: A comparison study of planetary analog traverse data and standard geologic mapping data: Moon and Mars Analog Mission Activities (2013-2014)

    Digitization and analysis of Apollo surface traverses and comparison with current field analog studies: Lunar Advanced Science & Exploration Research (2011-2014)

    Leveed lava flows on Mars volcanic shields: Mars Data Analysis Program (2010-2013)

    Geologic Mapping of the Arsia and Pavonis Montes, Mars: Mars Data Analysis Program (2010-2014)

    Developing new instrument technologies and operational procedures critical for maximizing science during field studies of basaltic terrains on the Earth, Moon, and Mars: Moon and Mars Analog Mission Activities Program (2009-2014)

    Catalog of Tharsis Province Small Volcanic Vents, Mars Data Analysis Program (2009-2013)

    Geologic Mapping of Olympus Mons, Mars: Mars Data Analysis Program (2009-2012)

    Positions/Employment

    9/2008 - Present

    Planetary Geologist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory
    11/2006 - 9/2008

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory, NASA/GSFC
    7/2003 - 7/2006

    NASA Graduate Student Fellow

    Arizona State University, Department of Geological Sciences, Planetary Geology Group
    5/2002 - 7/2003

    Graduate Student Research Associate

    Arizona State University, Department of Geological Sciences, Planetary Geology Group
    9/2000 - 5/2002

    Teaching Assistant

    Arizona State University, Department of Geological Sciences, Planetary Geology Group

    Education

    2006 - PhD - Department of Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


    2000 - BA - Geosciences Department, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
     

    Awards

    Susan Mahan Niebur Award: An early career award for signficant contributions to exploration science, 2015

    Robert H Goddard Exception Achievement Award: International Observe teh Moon Night Ourtreach Team 2013

    NASA Group Achievement Award: Awarded to the 2010 Desert-RATS Science Team, for outstanding contributions in developing and testing science operations for NASA human exploration missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, 2011

    NASA GSFC Solar System Exploration Public Outreach Honor Award: Awarded to the organizational team of the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers, 2010

    Dwornik Award for Undergraduate Oral Presentations, LPSC award to interns Jacob Richardson and Paul Richardson in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

    Penn Manor High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor (member) Penn Manor High School, 2007

    Gamma Beta Phi Public Service and Academic Honor Society (member), Arizona State University, 2002-2006

    Teaching Assistant Award, Arizona State University Department of Geological
    Sciences, 2002

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (member), Franklin and Marshall College, 2000-present

    The Rawnsley Science Prize, for Excellence in Science, Franklin and Marshall College, 2000

    Leser Award for Student/Faculty Partnership, Reanalysis of Geologic Units Surrounding the Martian Southern Polar Region, Franklin and Marshall College, 2000

    NASA Space Grant Colleges Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Delaware Consortium, 1999, 2000

    Lloyd S. Yeakel Award in Sedimentary Geology, Franklin and Marshall College Department of Geosciences, 1999
     
     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Young, K. E., C. A. Evans, K. V. Hodges, J. E. Bleacher, and T. G. Graff. 2016. "A review of the handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer as a tool for field geologic investigations on Earth and in planetary surface exploration." Applied Geochemistry, 72: 77-87 (In Press) [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.07.003]

    Orr, T. R., J. E. Bleacher, M. R. Patrick, and K. M. Wooten. 2015. "A sinuous tumulus over an active lava tube at Kīlauea Volcano: Evolution, analogs, and hazard forecasts." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 291: 35-48 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.12.002]

    Zimbelman, J. R., W. B. Garry, and J. E. Bleacher. 2015. "Volcanism on Mars." Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, 2nd Edition, 717-728, ISBN: 9780123859389. [10.1016/B978-0-12-385938-9.00041-9]

    Lillis, R. J., J. Dufek, W. S. Kiefer, et al. B. A. Black, M. Manga, J. A. Richardson, and J. E. Bleacher. 2015. "The Syrtis Major volcano, Mars: A multidisciplinary approach to interpreting its magmatic evolution and structural development." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 120: 1476–1496 [10.1002/2014JE004774]

    Richardson, J. A., J. E. Bleacher, and L. S. Glaze. 2013. "The volcanic history of Syria Planum, Mars." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 252: 1-13 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.11.007]

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Love, S. G., and J. E. Bleacher. 2013. "Crew roles and interactions in scientific space exploration." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 318-331 [Full Text (Link)] [j.actaastro.2011.12.012]

    Michalski, J. R., and J. E. Bleacher. 2013. "Supervolcanoes within an ancient volcanic province in Arabia Terra, Mars." Nature, 502 (7469): 47-53 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/nature12482]

    Garry, W. B., M. S. Robinson, J. R. Zimbelman, et al. J. E. Bleacher, B. R. Hawke, L. S. Crumpler, S. E. Braden, and H. Sato. 2012. "The origin of Ina: Evidence for inflated lava flows on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (E11): E00H31 [DOI:10.1029/2011JE003981]

    Glavin, D. P., C. A. Malespin, I. Ten kate, et al. S. A. Getty, V. E. Holmes, E. Mumm, H. B. Franz, M. G. Noreiga, N. J. Dobson, A. E. Southard, S. H. Feng, C. A. Kotecki, J. P. Dworkin, T. Swindle, J. E. Bleacher, J. W. Rice, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2012. "Volatile Analysis by Pyrolysis of Regolith for Planetary Resource Exploration." IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 1-11, 3-10 [10.1109/AERO.2012.6187065]

    Garry, W. B., and J. E. Bleacher. 2011. "Analogs for Planetary Exploration." Geological Society of America Special Paper, 483: 567 p [Full Text (Link)] [doi:10.1130/2011.2483]

    Clark, P. E., J. E. Bleacher, N. E. Petro, and S. C. Mest. 2011. "Plan for a human expedition to Marius Hills and its implications for viable surface exploration architecture." In Garry and Bleacher (eds), Analogs for Planetary Exploration, Geological Society of America Special Paper, 483: 519-532 [doi:10.1130/2011.2483(31)]

    Clark, P. E., S. C. Mest, J. E. Bleacher, and N. E. Petro. 2011. "Advanced regional-scale scenarios for lunar surface exploration ." In Garry and Bleacher (eds), Analogs for Planetary Exploration, Geological Society of America Special Paper, 483: 547-567 [doi:10.1130/2011.2483(33)]

    Garry, W. B., and J. E. Bleacher. 2011. "Emplacement scenarios for Vallis Schroteri Aristarchus Plateau the Moon." In Ambrose and Williams (eds), Recent Advances and Current Research Issues in Lunar Stratigraphy Geological Society of America Special Paper, 477 : 77-93 [doi:10.1130/2011.2477(03)]

    Lillis, R. J., J. Dufek, J. E. Bleacher, and M. Manga. 2009. "Demagnetization of crust by magmatic intrusion near the Arsia Mons volcano: Magnetic and thermal implications for the development of the Tharsis province, Mars." Mars Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 185 : 123-138 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.12.007]

    Bleacher, J. E., L. S. Glaze, R. Greeley, et al. E. Hauber, S. M. Baloga, S. E. Sakimoto, D. J. Williams, and T. Glotch. 2009. "Spatial and alignment analyses for a field of small volcanic vents south of Pavonis Mons and implications for the Tharsis province." Mars Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 185 : 96-102 [ Journal Article/Letter]

    Hauber, E., J. E. Bleacher, K. Gwinner, D. Williams, and R. Greeley. 2009. "The topography and morphology of low shields and associated landforms of plains volcanism in the Tharsis region of Mars." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research , 185: -69-95 [ 10/1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.04.015]

    Bleacher, J. E., and R. Greeley. 2008. "Relating volcano morphometry to the developmental progression of Hawaiian shield volcanoes through slope and hypsometric analyses of SRTM data." Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 113 (B9): 1-8 [Full Text (Link)] [ 10.1029/2006JB004661]

    Baptista, A., N. Mangold, V. Ansan, et al. P. Lognonne, D. Williams, J. Bleacher, P. Masson, and G. Neukum. 2008. "A swarm of small shield volcanoes on Syria Planum, Mars, analyzed using Mars Express HRSC data." J Geophys Res, 113: E09010 [ 10.1029/2007JE002945]

    Williams, D. A., J. E. Bleacher, V. A. Zabala Aliberto, et al. A. A. Aliberto, P. L. Whelley, S. R. Cave, and R. Greeley. 2007. "Kissing the Mars rocks with the Rover's RATS: An educational exercise to understand drilling rocks on Mars." The Earth Scientist, 26: 13-19.

    Bleacher, J., R. Greeley, D. A. Williams, S. R. Cave, and G. Neukum. 2007. "Trends in effusive style at the Tharsis Montes, Mars, and implications for the development of the Tharsis province." J Geophys Res, 112 : 15 [ 10.1029/2006JE002873]

    Bleacher, J. E., R. Greeley, D. A. Williams, et al. S. C. Werner, E. Hauber, and G. Neukum. 2007. "Olympus Mons, Mars: Inferred changes in effusive activity from lava flow mapping of Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera data." J Geophys Res, 112: 10 [ 10.1029/2006JE002826]

    Bleacher, J. E., S. E. Sakimoto, J. B. Garvin, and M. Wong. 2003. "Deflation/erosion rates for the Parva Member, Dorsa Argentea Formation and implications for the south polar region of Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (E7): 11-1 to 11-13 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2001JE001535]

    Brief Bio

    Jacob Bleacher’s research focuses on comparing the development of volcanic provinces on the Earth, Moon, Mars and asteroids and understanding their subsequent modification through a combination of terrestrial field studies and spacecraft data analysis. His current research combines field work, geomorphology, volcanology, planetary geology, and remote sensing.  He also combines his expertise in field and planetary geology to test the science capabilities of NASA’s newest instrument, suit and rover technologies via collaborations with other NASA Centers and academia.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Young, K. E., C. A. Evans, K. V. Hodges, J. E. Bleacher, and T. G. Graff. 2016. "A review of the handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer as a tool for field geologic investigations on Earth and in planetary surface exploration." Applied Geochemistry (In Press) 72 77-87 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.07.003]

    Orr, T. R., J. E. Bleacher, M. R. Patrick, and K. M. Wooten. 2015. "A sinuous tumulus over an active lava tube at Kīlauea Volcano: Evolution, analogs, and hazard forecasts." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 291 35-48 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.12.002]

    Zimbelman, J. R., W. B. Garry, and J. E. Bleacher. 2015. "Volcanism on Mars." Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, 2nd Edition 717-728 [10.1016/B978-0-12-385938-9.00041-9]

    Lillis, R. J., J. Dufek, W. S. Kiefer, et al. B. A. Black, M. Manga, J. A. Richardson, and J. E. Bleacher. 2015. "The Syrtis Major volcano, Mars: A multidisciplinary approach to interpreting its magmatic evolution and structural development." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120 1476–1496 [10.1002/2014JE004774]

    Richardson, J. A., J. E. Bleacher, and L. S. Glaze. 2013. "The volcanic history of Syria Planum, Mars." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 252 1-13 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.11.007]

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Love, S. G., and J. E. Bleacher. 2013. "Crew roles and interactions in scientific space exploration." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 318-331 [Full Text (Link)] [j.actaastro.2011.12.012]

    Michalski, J. R., and J. E. Bleacher. 2013. "Supervolcanoes within an ancient volcanic province in Arabia Terra, Mars." Nature 502 (7469): 47-53 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/nature12482]

    Garry, W. B., M. S. Robinson, J. R. Zimbelman, et al. J. E. Bleacher, B. R. Hawke, L. S. Crumpler, S. E. Braden, and H. Sato. 2012. "The origin of Ina: Evidence for inflated lava flows on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research 117 (E11): E00H31 [DOI:10.1029/2011JE003981]

    Glavin, D. P., C. A. Malespin, I. Ten kate, et al. S. A. Getty, V. E. Holmes, E. Mumm, H. B. Franz, M. G. Noreiga, N. J. Dobson, A. E. Southard, S. H. Feng, C. A. Kotecki, J. P. Dworkin, T. Swindle, J. E. Bleacher, J. W. Rice, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2012. "Volatile Analysis by Pyrolysis of Regolith for Planetary Resource Exploration." IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings 1-11, 3-10 [10.1109/AERO.2012.6187065]

    Garry, W. B., and J. E. Bleacher. 2011. "Analogs for Planetary Exploration." Geological Society of America Special Paper 483 567 p [Full Text (Link)] [doi:10.1130/2011.2483]

    Clark, P. E., J. E. Bleacher, N. E. Petro, and S. C. Mest. 2011. "Plan for a human expedition to Marius Hills and its implications for viable surface exploration architecture." In Garry and Bleacher (eds), Analogs for Planetary Exploration, Geological Society of America Special Paper 483 519-532 [doi:10.1130/2011.2483(31)]

    Clark, P. E., S. C. Mest, J. E. Bleacher, and N. E. Petro. 2011. "Advanced regional-scale scenarios for lunar surface exploration ." In Garry and Bleacher (eds), Analogs for Planetary Exploration, Geological Society of America Special Paper 483 547-567 [doi:10.1130/2011.2483(33)]

    Garry, W. B., and J. E. Bleacher. 2011. "Emplacement scenarios for Vallis Schroteri Aristarchus Plateau the Moon." In Ambrose and Williams (eds), Recent Advances and Current Research Issues in Lunar Stratigraphy Geological Society of America Special Paper 477 77-93 [doi:10.1130/2011.2477(03)]

    Lillis, R. J., J. Dufek, J. E. Bleacher, and M. Manga. 2009. "Demagnetization of crust by magmatic intrusion near the Arsia Mons volcano: Magnetic and thermal implications for the development of the Tharsis province, Mars." Mars Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 185 123-138 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.12.007]

    Bleacher, J. E., L. S. Glaze, R. Greeley, et al. E. Hauber, S. M. Baloga, S. E. Sakimoto, D. J. Williams, and T. Glotch. 2009. "Spatial and alignment analyses for a field of small volcanic vents south of Pavonis Mons and implications for the Tharsis province." Mars Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 185 96-102 [ Journal Article/Letter]

    Hauber, E., J. E. Bleacher, K. Gwinner, D. Williams, and R. Greeley. 2009. "The topography and morphology of low shields and associated landforms of plains volcanism in the Tharsis region of Mars." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 185 -69-95 [ 10/1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.04.015]

    Bleacher, J. E., and R. Greeley. 2008. "Relating volcano morphometry to the developmental progression of Hawaiian shield volcanoes through slope and hypsometric analyses of SRTM data." Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth 113 (B9): 1-8 [Full Text (Link)] [ 10.1029/2006JB004661]

    Baptista, A., N. Mangold, V. Ansan, et al. P. Lognonne, D. Williams, J. Bleacher, P. Masson, and G. Neukum. 2008. "A swarm of small shield volcanoes on Syria Planum, Mars, analyzed using Mars Express HRSC data." J Geophys Res 113 E09010 [ 10.1029/2007JE002945]

    Williams, D. A., J. E. Bleacher, V. A. Zabala Aliberto, et al. A. A. Aliberto, P. L. Whelley, S. R. Cave, and R. Greeley. 2007. "Kissing the Mars rocks with the Rover's RATS: An educational exercise to understand drilling rocks on Mars." The Earth Scientist 26 13-19

    Bleacher, J., R. Greeley, D. A. Williams, S. R. Cave, and G. Neukum. 2007. "Trends in effusive style at the Tharsis Montes, Mars, and implications for the development of the Tharsis province." J Geophys Res 112 15 [ 10.1029/2006JE002873]

    Bleacher, J. E., R. Greeley, D. A. Williams, et al. S. C. Werner, E. Hauber, and G. Neukum. 2007. "Olympus Mons, Mars: Inferred changes in effusive activity from lava flow mapping of Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera data." J Geophys Res 112 10 [ 10.1029/2006JE002826]

    Bleacher, J. E., S. E. Sakimoto, J. B. Garvin, and M. Wong. 2003. "Deflation/erosion rates for the Parva Member, Dorsa Argentea Formation and implications for the south polar region of Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research 108 (E7): 11-1 to 11-13 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2001JE001535]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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