Jacob Armstrong Richardson

Jacob Armstrong Richardson

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  • 301.614.5713
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Brief Bio

    My research focuses on physical volcanology and geophysics to study the evolution of volcanic fields around the Solar System over geologic time. My research includes geophysics field work on volcanoes and in volcanic regions to characterize the subsurface structure of magmatic intrusions in the shallow crust. I map similar volcanic terrains on terrestrial planets to study the eruptive history of clusters of volcanoes on different planets. My mapping also focuses on lava flows on planets to understand their eruption dynamics while they were actively flowing across the surface. 

    I consolidate mapping and geophysics data products to model the cadence of volcanic activity and constrain magma migration through time in volcanic terrains throughout the Solar System.

    Education

    2016 - PhD - School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

    Dissertation: Modeling the Construction and Evolution of Distributed Volcanic Fields on Earth and Mars

    2010 - BSc - Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

    Research Interests

    Geophysics investigations of lava flows and magma plumbing systems

    Inhabiting space and utilizing resources on different planets will rely on our ability to detect resources and voids below the surface. I participate in teams that use lidar and geophysical methods (e.g., magnetics, gravity, ground penetrating radar) to identify lava tubes and igneous bodies that are not exposed at the surface. By testing several survey strategies in the field on Earth, we are developing best-case strategies to identify resources on other planets.

    Distributed-style volcanism

    Large volcanoes are created by magma focusing in the crust, building up igneous rocks in one location to build a mountain. Equally important are vasts fields of small volcanoes, that repave the surface of all terrestrial planets. Earth, Venus, Mars, and the Moon all have multiple clusters of "small" volcanoes where each volcanic eruption in the area made a brand new volcano. Volcanoes that are built from one, single eruption are sometimes called "monogenetic".

    Lava flow emplacement

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    Publications

    Refereed

    Gallant, E., J. Richardson, C. Connor, P. Wetmore, and L. Connor. 2018. "A new approach to probabilistic lava flow hazard assessments, applied to the Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA." Geology, 46 (10): 895-898 [10.1130/g45123.1]

    Richardson, J. A., J. A. Wilson, C. B. Connor, J. E. Bleacher, and K. Kiyosugi. 2017. "Recurrence rate and magma effusion rate for the latest volcanism on Arsia Mons, Mars." Earth and Planetary Science Letters, [10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.040]

    Dietterich, H. R., E. Lev, J. Chen, J. A. Richardson, and K. V. Cashman. 2017. "Benchmarking computational fluid dynamics models of lava flow simulation for hazard assessment, forecasting, and risk management." Journal of Applied Volcanology, 6 (1): 9 [10.1186/s13617-017-0061-x]

    Charbonnier, S. J., C. B. Connor, L. J. Connor, et al. M. F. Sheridan, J. P. Oliva Hernández, and J. A. Richardson. 2017. "Modeling the October 2005 lahars at Panabaj (Guatemala)." Bulletin of Volcanology, 80 (1): 4 [10.1007/s00445-017-1169-x]

    Malservisi, R., S. Y. Schwartz, N. Voss, et al. M. Protti, V. Gonzalez, T. H. Dixon, Y. Jiang, A. V. Newman, J. Richardson, J. I. Walter, and D. Voyenko. 2015. "Multiscale postseismic behavior on a megathrust: The 2012 Nicoya earthquake, Costa Rica." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16 (6): 1848-1864 [10.1002/2015gc005794]

    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]

    Marshall, A., C. Connor, S. Kruse, et al. R. Malservisi, J. Richardson, L. Courtland, L. Connor, J. Wilson, and M. A. Karegar. 2015. "Subsurface structure of a maar–diatreme and associated tuff ring from a high-resolution geophysical survey, Rattlesnake Crater, Arizona." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 304: 253-264 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.09.006]

    Richardson, J., C. Connor, P. Wetmore, L. Connor, and E. Gallant. 2015. "Role of sills in the development of volcanic fields: Insights from lidar mapping surveys of the San Rafael Swell, Utah." Geology, 43 (11): 1023-1026 [10.1130/g37094.1]

    Kubanek, J., J. A. Richardson, S. J. Charbonnier, and L. J. Connor. 2015. "Lava flow mapping and volume calculations for the 2012–2013 Tolbachik, Kamchatka, fissure eruption using bistatic TanDEM-X InSAR." Bulletin of Volcanology, 77 (12): 106 [10.1007/s00445-015-0989-9]

    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]

    Non-Refereed

    Henning, W., J. Renaud, P. Saxena, et al. P. Whelley, A. Mandell, S. Matsumura, L. Glaze, T. Hurford, T. Livengood, C. Hamilton, M. Efroimsky, V. Makarov, C. Berghea, S. Guzewich, K. Tsigaridis, G. Arney, D. Cremons, S. Kane, J. Bleacher, R. Kopparapu, E. Kohler, Y. Lee, A. Rushby, W. Kuang, R. Barnes, J. A. Richardson, P. Driscoll, N. Schmerr, A. Del Genio, A. Davies, L. Kaltenegger, L. Elkins-Tanton, Y. Fujii, L. Schaefer, S. Ranjan, E. Quintana, T. Barclay, K. Hamano, N. Petro, J. Kendall, E. Lopez, and D. Sasselov. 2018. "Highly Volcanic Exoplanets, Lava Worlds, and Magma Ocean Worlds: An Emerging Class of Dynamic Exoplanets of Significant Scientific Priority." ArXiv e-prints

    Selected Public Outreach

    3D Printable Models of Apollo landing sites, volcanoes, and planetary crusts 2015 - Present

    https://jarichardson.github.io/3d-models.html

    I make 3D models of some of the coolest spots in the Solar System, including all of the Apollo landing sites and volcanoes on the Earth, Moon, and Mars, out of publically available NASA data. These models can be downloaded for free as .STL files and printed with a 3D printer.

    AwesomeCon 2018 2018 - 2018

    "NASA Science at Earth's Extremes" panelist, spoke about how NASA Scientists visit actively forming volcanoes all around the world to understand how ancient volcanoes formed on our Moon and neighboring planets.

    Current Projects

    Investigating Evidence for Explosive Volcanism in Arabia Terra

    Did explosive volcanism occur in Arabia Terra? This project seeks to use newly abundant high-resolution data to search the fretted terrain for evidence of explosive volcanism to evaluate claims of calderas in Arabia Terra, and thus better understand the volcanic evolution of Mars and their contributions to volatiles, climate and habitability of the planet through time.

    Professional Service

    • External Reviewer for NASA Mars Data Analysis Program
    • Review Panelist for NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program (NESSF), Earth Surface and Interior
    • Reviewer for Journals: Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Computers & Geosciences, Icarus

    Professional Societies

    International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), 2015 - Present
    Committee on Statistics in Volcanology Workshop Coordinator (2017-Present)

    Brief Bio

    My research focuses on physical volcanology and geophysics to study the evolution of volcanic fields around the Solar System over geologic time. My research includes geophysics field work on volcanoes and in volcanic regions to characterize the subsurface structure of magmatic intrusions in the shallow crust. I map similar volcanic terrains on terrestrial planets to study the eruptive history of clusters of volcanoes on different planets. My mapping also focuses on lava flows on planets to understand their eruption dynamics while they were actively flowing across the surface. 

    I consolidate mapping and geophysics data products to model the cadence of volcanic activity and constrain magma migration through time in volcanic terrains throughout the Solar System.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gallant, E., J. Richardson, C. Connor, P. Wetmore, and L. Connor. 2018. "A new approach to probabilistic lava flow hazard assessments, applied to the Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA." Geology 46 (10): 895-898 [10.1130/g45123.1]

    Richardson, J. A., J. A. Wilson, C. B. Connor, J. E. Bleacher, and K. Kiyosugi. 2017. "Recurrence rate and magma effusion rate for the latest volcanism on Arsia Mons, Mars." Earth and Planetary Science Letters [10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.040]

    Dietterich, H. R., E. Lev, J. Chen, J. A. Richardson, and K. V. Cashman. 2017. "Benchmarking computational fluid dynamics models of lava flow simulation for hazard assessment, forecasting, and risk management." Journal of Applied Volcanology 6 (1): 9 [10.1186/s13617-017-0061-x]

    Charbonnier, S. J., C. B. Connor, L. J. Connor, et al. M. F. Sheridan, J. P. Oliva Hernández, and J. A. Richardson. 2017. "Modeling the October 2005 lahars at Panabaj (Guatemala)." Bulletin of Volcanology 80 (1): 4 [10.1007/s00445-017-1169-x]

    Malservisi, R., S. Y. Schwartz, N. Voss, et al. M. Protti, V. Gonzalez, T. H. Dixon, Y. Jiang, A. V. Newman, J. Richardson, J. I. Walter, and D. Voyenko. 2015. "Multiscale postseismic behavior on a megathrust: The 2012 Nicoya earthquake, Costa Rica." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16 (6): 1848-1864 [10.1002/2015gc005794]

    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]

    Marshall, A., C. Connor, S. Kruse, et al. R. Malservisi, J. Richardson, L. Courtland, L. Connor, J. Wilson, and M. A. Karegar. 2015. "Subsurface structure of a maar–diatreme and associated tuff ring from a high-resolution geophysical survey, Rattlesnake Crater, Arizona." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 304 253-264 [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.09.006]

    Richardson, J., C. Connor, P. Wetmore, L. Connor, and E. Gallant. 2015. "Role of sills in the development of volcanic fields: Insights from lidar mapping surveys of the San Rafael Swell, Utah." Geology 43 (11): 1023-1026 [10.1130/g37094.1]

    Kubanek, J., J. A. Richardson, S. J. Charbonnier, and L. J. Connor. 2015. "Lava flow mapping and volume calculations for the 2012–2013 Tolbachik, Kamchatka, fissure eruption using bistatic TanDEM-X InSAR." Bulletin of Volcanology 77 (12): 106 [10.1007/s00445-015-0989-9]

    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]

    Non-Refereed

    Henning, W., J. Renaud, P. Saxena, et al. P. Whelley, A. Mandell, S. Matsumura, L. Glaze, T. Hurford, T. Livengood, C. Hamilton, M. Efroimsky, V. Makarov, C. Berghea, S. Guzewich, K. Tsigaridis, G. Arney, D. Cremons, S. Kane, J. Bleacher, R. Kopparapu, E. Kohler, Y. Lee, A. Rushby, W. Kuang, R. Barnes, J. A. Richardson, P. Driscoll, N. Schmerr, A. Del Genio, A. Davies, L. Kaltenegger, L. Elkins-Tanton, Y. Fujii, L. Schaefer, S. Ranjan, E. Quintana, T. Barclay, K. Hamano, N. Petro, J. Kendall, E. Lopez, and D. Sasselov. 2018. "Highly Volcanic Exoplanets, Lava Worlds, and Magma Ocean Worlds: An Emerging Class of Dynamic Exoplanets of Significant Scientific Priority." ArXiv e-prints

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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