Maria E Banks

Maria E Banks

  • Research AST, Planetary Studies
  • Additional Roles: Science Data Manager for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter , SSERVI team TREX lunar science investigations lead , Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE instrument science team , InSight sceince team , and Planetary Data System Project Office .
  • 301.286.1297
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 690.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Maria Banks is a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. At NASA, Banks works with the science teams for several NASA missions. She is a member of the science teams for the HiRISE and LROC instruments on spacecraft orbiting Mars (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) and the Moon (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) respectively, and works with the science team of the New Horizons mission which visited Pluto and is now flying through the Kuiper Belt. Banks is also a member of the science team for the InSight mission which has a lander operating on the surface of Mars. Additionally, Banks is the Associate Project Scientist for Data Mangement and Landed Mission Support for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. She also works with the Planetary Data System which archives data acquired during NASA missions. Banks’ research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, such as thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

    Research Interests

    I study the geology and surface processes of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, such as thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

    Current Projects

    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)

    InSight

    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution Imagining Science Experiment (HiRISE)

    Solar System Exploration Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI): Team TREX

    Planetary Data System

    Selected Public Outreach

    Member of the NASA Speakers Bureau Program 2017 - Present
    NASA Goddard Spce Flight Center
    Member of the SSERVI (Nasa's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Insitute) TREX outreach team 2018 - Present
    https://trex.psi.edu/
    NASA STEM day at Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox 2018 - Present
    https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12985
    Performance in NASA New Horizons Mission video featuring data from the spacecraft's clostest approach to the Kuiper Belt object MU69 (Arrokoth) and music by Brian May. 2019 - Present
    http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/multimedia-db/fullmovie_v4_withBMv3audio.mp4

    Awards

    NASA Group Achievement Award presented to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team

    NASA Group Achievement Award presented to the New Horizons team

    NASA Group Achievement Award presented to the MESSENGER team

    NASA Group Achievement Award presented to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE science team

    Publications

    Refereed

    Perrin, C., S. Rodriguez, A. Jacob, et al. A. Lucas, A. Spiga, N. Murdoch, R. Lorenz, I. J. Daubar, L. Pan, T. Kawamura, P. Lognonné, D. Banfield, M. E. Banks, R. F. Garcia, C. E. Newman, L. Ohja, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, A. S. McEwen, and W. B. Banerdt. 2020. "Monitoring of Dust Devil Tracks Around the InSight Landing Site, Mars, and Comparison With In Situ Atmospheric Data." Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (10): [10.1029/2020gl087234]

    Warner, N., J. Grant, S. Wilson, et al. M. Golombek, A. DeMott, C. Charalambous, E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. Weitz, T. Pike, N. Williams, M. Banks, F. Calef, M. Baker, M. Kopp, M. Deahn, H. Lethcoe, and L. Berger. 2020. "An Impact Crater Origin for the InSight Landing Site at Homestead Hollow, Mars: Implications for Near Surface Stratigraphy, Surface Processes, and Erosion Rates." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125 (4): [10.1029/2019je006333]

    Grant, J. A., N. H. Warner, C. M. Weitz, et al. M. P. Golombek, S. A. Wilson, M. Baker, E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. Charalambous, N. Williams, F. Calef, W. T. Pike, A. DeMott, M. Kopp, H. Lethcoe, and M. E. Banks. 2020. "Degradation of Homestead Hollow at the InSight Landing Site Based on the Distribution and Properties of Local Deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125 (4): [10.1029/2019je006350]

    Golombek, M., N. H. Warner, J. A. Grant, et al. E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. M. Weitz, N. Williams, C. Charalambous, S. A. Wilson, A. DeMott, M. Kopp, H. Lethcoe-Wilson, L. Berger, R. Hausmann, E. Marteau, C. Vrettos, A. Trussell, W. Folkner, S. Le Maistre, N. Mueller, M. Grott, T. Spohn, S. Piqueux, E. Millour, F. Forget, I. Daubar, N. Murdoch, P. Lognonné, C. Perrin, S. Rodriguez, W. T. Pike, T. Parker, J. Maki, H. Abarca, R. Deen, J. Hall, P. Andres, N. Ruoff, F. Calef, S. Smrekar, M. M. Baker, M. Banks, A. Spiga, D. Banfield, J. Garvin, C. E. Newman, and W. B. Banerdt. 2020. "Geology of the InSight landing site on Mars." Nature Communications, 11 (1): 1014 [10.1038/s41467-020-14679-1]

    Marusiak, A. G., N. C. Schmerr, M. E. Banks, and I. J. Daubar. 2020. "Terrestrial single-station analog for constraining the martian core and deep interior: Implications for InSight." Icarus, 335: 113396 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113396]

    Schmerr, N. C., M. E. Banks, and I. J. Daubar. 2019. "The Seismic Signatures of Recently Formed Impact Craters on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124 (11): 3063-3081 [10.1029/2019je006044]

    Schleicher, L. S., T. R. Watters, A. J. Martin, and M. E. Banks. 2019. "Wrinkle ridges on Mercury and the Moon within and outside of mascons." Icarus, 331: 226-237 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.04.013]

    Williams, N. R., J. F. Bell, T. R. Watters, et al. M. E. Banks, K. Daud, and R. A. French. 2019. "Evidence for recent and ancient faulting at Mare Frigoris and implications for lunar tectonic evolution." Icarus, 326: 151-161 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.002]

    Stern, S. A., H. A. Weaver, J. R. Spencer, et al. C. B. Olkin, G. R. Gladstone, W. M. Grundy, J. M. Moore, D. P. Cruikshank, H. A. Elliott, W. B. McKinnon, J. W. Parker, A. J. Verbiscer, L. A. Young, D. A. Aguilar, J. M. Albers, T. Andert, J. P. Andrews, F. Bagenal, M. E. Banks, B. A. Bauer, J. A. Bauman, K. E. Bechtold, C. B. Beddingfield, N. Behrooz, K. B. Beisser, S. D. Benecchi, E. Bernardoni, R. A. Beyer, S. Bhaskaran, C. J. Bierson, R. P. Binzel, E. M. Birath, M. K. Bird, D. R. Boone, A. F. Bowman, V. J. Bray, D. T. Britt, L. E. Brown, M. R. Buckley, M. W. Buie, B. J. Buratti, L. M. Burke, S. S. Bushman, B. Carcich, A. L. Chaikin, C. L. Chavez, A. F. Cheng, E. J. Colwell, S. J. Conard, M. P. Conner, C. A. Conrad, J. C. Cook, S. B. Cooper, O. S. Custodio, C. M. Dalle Ore, C. C. Deboy, P. Dharmavaram, R. D. Dhingra, G. F. Dunn, A. M. Earle, A. F. Egan, J. Eisig, M. R. El-Maarry, C. Engelbrecht, B. L. Enke, C. J. Ercol, E. D. Fattig, C. L. Ferrell, T. J. Finley, J. Firer, J. Fischetti, W. M. Folkner, M. N. Fosbury, G. H. Fountain, J. M. Freeze, L. Gabasova, L. S. Glaze, J. L. Green, G. A. Griffith, Y. Guo, M. Hahn, D. W. Hals, D. P. Hamilton, S. A. Hamilton, J. J. Hanley, A. Harch, K. A. Harmon, H. M. Hart, J. Hayes, C. B. Hersman, M. E. Hill, T. A. Hill, J. D. Hofgartner, M. E. Holdridge, M. Horányi, A. Hosadurga, A. D. Howard, C. J. Howett, S. E. Jaskulek, D. E. Jennings, J. R. Jensen, M. R. Jones, H. K. Kang, D. J. Katz, D. E. Kaufmann, J. J. Kavelaars, J. T. Keane, G. P. Keleher, M. Kinczyk, M. C. Kochte, P. Kollmann, S. M. Krimigis, G. L. Kruizinga, D. Y. Kusnierkiewicz, M. S. Lahr, T. R. Lauer, G. B. Lawrence, J. E. Lee, E. J. Lessac-Chenen, I. R. Linscott, C. M. Lisse, A. W. Lunsford, D. M. Mages, V. A. Mallder, N. P. Martin, B. H. May, D. J. McComas, R. L. McNutt, D. S. Mehoke, T. S. Mehoke, D. S. Nelson, H. D. Nguyen, J. I. Núñez, A. C. Ocampo, W. M. Owen, G. K. Oxton, A. H. Parker, M. Pätzold, J. Y. Pelgrift, F. J. Pelletier, J. P. Pineau, M. R. Piquette, S. B. Porter, S. Protopapa, E. Quirico, J. A. Redfern, A. L. Regiec, H. J. Reitsema, D. C. Reuter, D. C. Richardson, J. E. Riedel, M. A. Ritterbush, S. J. Robbins, D. J. Rodgers, G. D. Rogers, D. M. Rose, P. E. Rosendall, K. D. Runyon, M. G. Ryschkewitsch, M. M. Saina, M. J. Salinas, P. M. Schenk, J. R. Scherrer, W. R. Schlei, B. Schmitt, D. J. Schultz, D. C. Schurr, F. Scipioni, R. L. Sepan, R. G. Shelton, M. R. Showalter, M. Simon, K. N. Singer, E. W. Stahlheber, D. R. Stanbridge, J. A. Stansberry, A. J. Steffl, D. F. Strobel, M. M. Stothoff, T. Stryk, J. R. Stuart, M. E. Summers, M. B. Tapley, A. Taylor, H. W. Taylor, R. M. Tedford, H. B. Throop, L. S. Turner, O. M. Umurhan, J. Van Eck, D. Velez, M. H. Versteeg, M. A. Vincent, R. W. Webbert, S. E. Weidner, G. E. Weigle, J. R. Wendel, O. L. White, K. E. Whittenburg, B. G. Williams, K. E. Williams, S. P. Williams, H. L. Winters, A. M. Zangari, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2019. "Initial results from the New Horizons exploration of 2014 MU69, a small Kuiper Belt object." Science, 364 (6441): eaaw9771 [10.1126/science.aaw9771]

    Daubar, I. J., M. E. Banks, N. C. Schmerr, and M. P. Golombek. 2019. "Recently Formed Crater Clusters on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124 (4): 958-969 [10.1029/2018je005857]

    Chojnacki, M., M. E. Banks, L. K. Fenton, and A. C. Urso. 2019. "Boundary condition controls on the high-sand-flux regions of Mars." Geology, 47 (5): 427-430 [10.1130/g45793.1]

    Daubar, I., P. Lognonné, N. A. Teanby, et al. K. Miljkovic, J. Stevanović, J. Vaubaillon, B. Kenda, T. Kawamura, J. Clinton, A. Lucas, M. Drilleau, C. Yana, G. S. Collins, D. Banfield, M. Golombek, S. Kedar, N. Schmerr, R. Garcia, S. Rodriguez, T. Gudkova, S. May, M. Banks, J. Maki, E. Sansom, F. Karakostas, M. Panning, N. Fuji, J. Wookey, M. van Driel, M. Lemmon, V. Ansan, M. Böse, S. Stähler, H. Kanamori, J. Richardson, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt. 2018. "Impact-Seismic Investigations of the InSight Mission." Space Science Reviews, 214 (8): 132 [10.1007/s11214-018-0562-x]

    Banks, M. E., L. K. Fenton, N. T. Bridges, et al. P. E. Geissler, M. Chojnacki, K. D. Runyon, S. Silvestro, and J. R. Zimbelman. 2018. "Patterns in Mobility and Modification of Middle- and High-Latitude Southern Hemisphere Dunes on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123 (12): 3205-3219 [10.1029/2018je005747]

    van der Bogert, C. H., J. D. Clark, H. Hiesinger, et al. M. E. Banks, T. R. Watters, and M. S. Robinson. 2018. "How old are lunar lobate scarps? 1. Seismic resetting of crater size-frequency distributions." Icarus, 306: 225-242 [10.1016/j.icarus.2018.01.019]

    Chojnacki, M., M. Banks, and A. Urso. 2018. "Wind-Driven Erosion and Exposure Potential at Mars 2020 Rover Candidate-Landing Sites." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123 (2): 468-488 [10.1002/2017je005460]

    Banks, M. E., Z. Xiao, S. E. Braden, et al. N. G. Barlow, C. R. Chapman, C. I. Fassett, and S. S. Marchi. 2017. "Revised constraints on absolute age limits for Mercury's Kuiperian and Mansurian stratigraphic systems." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122 (5): 1010-1020 [10.1002/2016je005254]

    Byrne, P. K., L. R. Ostrach, C. I. Fassett, et al. C. R. Chapman, B. W. Denevi, A. J. Evans, C. Klimczak, M. E. Banks, J. W. Head, and S. C. Solomon. 2016. "Widespread effusive volcanism on Mercury likely ended by about 3.5 Ga." Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (14): 7408-7416 [10.1002/2016gl069412]

    Fairén, A. G., J. M. Dohm, J. A. Rodríguez, et al. E. R. Uceda, J. Kargel, R. Soare, H. J. Cleaves, D. Oehler, D. Schulze-Makuch, E. Essefi, M. E. Banks, G. Komatsu, W. Fink, S. Robbins, J. Yan, H. Miyamoto, S. Maruyama, and V. R. Baker. 2016. "The Argyre Region as a Prime Target forin situAstrobiological Exploration of Mars." Astrobiology, 16 (2): 143-158 [10.1089/ast.2015.1396]

    Banks, M. E., Z. Xiao, T. R. Watters, et al. R. G. Strom, S. E. Braden, C. R. Chapman, S. C. Solomon, C. Klimczak, and P. K. Byrne. 2015. "Duration of activity on lobate-scarp thrust faults on Mercury." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 120 (11): 1751-1762 [10.1002/2015je004828]

    Stern, S. A., F. Bagenal, K. Ennico, et al. G. R. Gladstone, W. M. Grundy, W. B. McKinnon, J. M. Moore, C. B. Olkin, J. R. Spencer, H. A. Weaver, L. A. Young, T. Andert, J. Andrews, M. Banks, B. Bauer, J. Bauman, O. S. Barnouin, P. Bedini, K. Beisser, R. A. Beyer, S. Bhaskaran, R. P. Binzel, E. Birath, M. Bird, D. J. Bogan, A. Bowman, V. J. Bray, M. Brozovic, C. Bryan, M. R. Buckley, M. W. Buie, B. J. Buratti, S. S. Bushman, A. Calloway, B. Carcich, A. F. Cheng, S. Conard, C. A. Conrad, J. C. Cook, D. P. Cruikshank, O. S. Custodio, C. M. Dalle Ore, C. Deboy, Z. J. Dischner, P. Dumont, A. M. Earle, H. A. Elliott, J. Ercol, C. M. Ernst, T. Finley, S. H. Flanigan, G. Fountain, M. J. Freeze, T. Greathouse, J. L. Green, Y. Guo, M. Hahn, D. P. Hamilton, S. A. Hamilton, J. Hanley, A. Harch, H. M. Hart, C. B. Hersman, A. Hill, M. E. Hill, D. P. Hinson, M. E. Holdridge, M. Horanyi, A. D. Howard, C. J. Howett, C. Jackman, R. A. Jacobson, D. E. Jennings, J. A. Kammer, H. K. Kang, D. E. Kaufmann, P. Kollmann, S. M. Krimigis, D. Kusnierkiewicz, T. R. Lauer, J. E. Lee, K. L. Lindstrom, I. R. Linscott, C. M. Lisse, A. W. Lunsford, V. A. Mallder, N. Martin, D. J. McComas, R. L. McNutt, D. Mehoke, T. Mehoke, E. D. Melin, M. Mutchler, D. Nelson, F. Nimmo, J. I. Nunez, A. Ocampo, W. M. Owen, M. Paetzold, B. Page, A. H. Parker, J. W. Parker, F. Pelletier, J. Peterson, N. Pinkine, M. Piquette, S. B. Porter, S. Protopapa, J. Redfern, H. J. Reitsema, D. C. Reuter, J. H. Roberts, S. J. Robbins, G. Rogers, D. Rose, K. Runyon, K. D. Retherford, M. G. Ryschkewitsch, P. Schenk, E. Schindhelm, B. Sepan, M. R. Showalter, K. N. Singer, M. Soluri, D. Stanbridge, A. J. Steffl, D. F. Strobel, T. Stryk, M. E. Summers, J. R. Szalay, M. Tapley, A. Taylor, H. Taylor, H. B. Throop, C. C. Tsang, G. L. Tyler, O. M. Umurhan, A. J. Verbiscer, M. H. Versteeg, M. Vincent, R. Webbert, S. Weidner, G. E. Weigle, O. L. White, K. Whittenburg, B. G. Williams, K. Williams, S. Williams, W. W. Woods, A. M. Zangari, and E. Zirnstein. 2015. "The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons." Science, 350 (6258): aad1815-aad1815 [10.1126/science.aad1815]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, G. C. Collins, et al. M. E. Banks, K. Daud, N. R. Williams, and M. M. Selvans. 2015. "Global thrust faulting on the Moon and the influence of tidal stresses." Geology, 43 (10): 851-854 [10.1130/g37120.1]

    Dohm, J., T. Hare, S. Robbins, et al. J.-P. Williams, R. Soare, M. El-Maarry, S. Conway, D. Buczkowski, J. Kargel, M. Banks, A. Fairén, D. Schulze-Makuch, G. Komatsu, H. Miyamoto, R. Anderson, A. Davila, W. Mahaney, W. Fink, H. Cleaves, J. Yan, B. Hynek, and S. Maruyama. 2015. "Geological and hydrological histories of the Argyre province, Mars." Icarus, 253: 66-98 [10.1016/j.icarus.2015.02.017]

    Watters, T. R., M. M. Selvans, M. E. Banks, et al. S. A. Hauck, K. J. Becker, and M. S. Robinson. 2015. "Distribution of large‐scale contractional tectonic landforms on Mercury: Implications for the origin of global stresses." Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (10): 3755-3763 [10.1002/2015gl063570]

    Banks, M. E., T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, et al. L. L. Tornabene, T. Tran, L. Ojha, and N. R. Williams. 2012. "Morphometric analysis of small-scale lobate scarps on the Moon using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 117 (E12): [10.1029/2011je003907]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, M. E. Banks, T. Tran, and B. W. Denevi. 2012. "Recent extensional tectonics on the Moon revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera." Nature Geoscience, 5 (3): 181-185 [10.1038/ngeo1387]

    Strom, R. G., M. E. Banks, C. R. Chapman, et al. C. I. Fassett, J. A. Forde, J. W. Head, W. J. Merline, L. M. Prockter, and S. C. Solomon. 2011. "Mercury crater statistics from MESSENGER flybys: Implications for stratigraphy and resurfacing history." Planetary and Space Science, 59 (15): 1960-1967 [10.1016/j.pss.2011.03.018]

    Bridges, N. T., M. C. Bourke, P. E. Geissler, et al. M. E. Banks, C. Colon, S. Diniega, M. P. Golombek, C. J. Hansen, S. Mattson, A. S. McEwen, M. T. Mellon, N. Stantzos, and B. J. Thomson. 2011. "Planet-wide sand motion on Mars." Geology, 40 (1): 31-34 [10.1130/g32373.1]

    Banks, M. E., S. Byrne, K. Galla, et al. A. S. McEwen, V. J. Bray, C. M. Dundas, K. E. Fishbaugh, K. E. Herkenhoff, and B. C. Murray. 2010. "Crater population and resurfacing of the Martian north polar layered deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research, 115 (E8): E08006 [10.1029/2009je003523]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, R. A. Beyer, et al. M. E. Banks, J. F. Bell, M. E. Pritchard, H. Hiesinger, C. H. van der Bogert, P. C. Thomas, E. P. Turtle, and N. R. Williams. 2010. "Evidence of Recent Thrust Faulting on the Moon Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera." Science, 329 (5994): 936-940 [10.1126/science.1189590]

    McEwen, A. S., M. E. Banks, N. Baugh, et al. K. Becker, A. Boyd, J. W. Bergstrom, R. A. Beyer, E. Bortolini, N. T. Bridges, S. Byrne, B. Castalia, F. C. Chuang, L. S. Crumpler, I. Daubar, A. K. Davatzes, D. G. Deardorff, A. DeJong, W. Alan Delamere, E. N. Dobrea, C. M. Dundas, E. M. Eliason, Y. Espinoza, A. Fennema, K. E. Fishbaugh, T. Forrester, P. E. Geissler, J. A. Grant, J. L. Griffes, J. P. Grotzinger, V. C. Gulick, C. J. Hansen, K. E. Herkenhoff, R. Heyd, W. L. Jaeger, D. Jones, B. Kanefsky, L. Keszthelyi, R. King, R. L. Kirk, K. J. Kolb, J. Lasco, A. Lefort, R. Leis, K. W. Lewis, S. Martinez-Alonso, S. Mattson, G. McArthur, M. T. Mellon, J. M. Metz, M. P. Milazzo, R. E. Milliken, T. Motazedian, C. H. Okubo, A. Ortiz, A. J. Philippoff, J. Plassmann, A. Polit, P. S. Russell, C. Schaller, M. L. Searls, T. Spriggs, S. W. Squyres, S. Tarr, N. Thomas, B. J. Thomson, L. L. Tornabene, C. Van Houten, C. Verba, C. M. Weitz, and J. J. Wray. 2010. "The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO’s Primary Science Phase (PSP)." Icarus, 205 (1): 2-37 [10.1016/j.icarus.2009.04.023]

    Banks, M. E., N. P. Lang, J. S. Kargel, et al. A. S. McEwen, V. R. Baker, J. A. Grant, J. D. Pelletier, and R. G. Strom. 2009. "An analysis of sinuous ridges in the southern Argyre Planitia, Mars using HiRISE and CTX images and MOLA data." Journal of Geophysical Research, 114 (E9): E09003 [10.1029/2008je003244]

    Banks, M. E., A. S. McEwen, J. S. Kargel, et al. V. R. Baker, R. G. Strom, M. T. Mellon, V. C. Gulick, L. Keszthelyi, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. D. Pelletier, and W. L. Jaeger. 2008. "High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) observations of glacial and periglacial morphologies in the circum-Argyre Planitia highlands, Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research, 113 (E12): E12015 [10.1029/2007je002994]

    Banks, M. E., and J. D. Pelletier. 2008. "Forward modeling of ice topography on Mars to infer basal shear stress conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research, 113 (E1): E01001 [10.1029/2007je002895]

    Brief Bio

    Maria Banks is a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. At NASA, Banks works with the science teams for several NASA missions. She is a member of the science teams for the HiRISE and LROC instruments on spacecraft orbiting Mars (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) and the Moon (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) respectively, and works with the science team of the New Horizons mission which visited Pluto and is now flying through the Kuiper Belt. Banks is also a member of the science team for the InSight mission which has a lander operating on the surface of Mars. Additionally, Banks is the Associate Project Scientist for Data Mangement and Landed Mission Support for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. She also works with the Planetary Data System which archives data acquired during NASA missions. Banks’ research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, such as thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Perrin, C., S. Rodriguez, A. Jacob, et al. A. Lucas, A. Spiga, N. Murdoch, R. Lorenz, I. J. Daubar, L. Pan, T. Kawamura, P. Lognonné, D. Banfield, M. E. Banks, R. F. Garcia, C. E. Newman, L. Ohja, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, A. S. McEwen, and W. B. Banerdt. 2020. "Monitoring of Dust Devil Tracks Around the InSight Landing Site, Mars, and Comparison With In Situ Atmospheric Data." Geophysical Research Letters 47 (10): [10.1029/2020gl087234]

    Warner, N., J. Grant, S. Wilson, et al. M. Golombek, A. DeMott, C. Charalambous, E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. Weitz, T. Pike, N. Williams, M. Banks, F. Calef, M. Baker, M. Kopp, M. Deahn, H. Lethcoe, and L. Berger. 2020. "An Impact Crater Origin for the InSight Landing Site at Homestead Hollow, Mars: Implications for Near Surface Stratigraphy, Surface Processes, and Erosion Rates." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125 (4): [10.1029/2019je006333]

    Grant, J. A., N. H. Warner, C. M. Weitz, et al. M. P. Golombek, S. A. Wilson, M. Baker, E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. Charalambous, N. Williams, F. Calef, W. T. Pike, A. DeMott, M. Kopp, H. Lethcoe, and M. E. Banks. 2020. "Degradation of Homestead Hollow at the InSight Landing Site Based on the Distribution and Properties of Local Deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125 (4): [10.1029/2019je006350]

    Golombek, M., N. H. Warner, J. A. Grant, et al. E. Hauber, V. Ansan, C. M. Weitz, N. Williams, C. Charalambous, S. A. Wilson, A. DeMott, M. Kopp, H. Lethcoe-Wilson, L. Berger, R. Hausmann, E. Marteau, C. Vrettos, A. Trussell, W. Folkner, S. Le Maistre, N. Mueller, M. Grott, T. Spohn, S. Piqueux, E. Millour, F. Forget, I. Daubar, N. Murdoch, P. Lognonné, C. Perrin, S. Rodriguez, W. T. Pike, T. Parker, J. Maki, H. Abarca, R. Deen, J. Hall, P. Andres, N. Ruoff, F. Calef, S. Smrekar, M. M. Baker, M. Banks, A. Spiga, D. Banfield, J. Garvin, C. E. Newman, and W. B. Banerdt. 2020. "Geology of the InSight landing site on Mars." Nature Communications 11 (1): 1014 [10.1038/s41467-020-14679-1]

    Marusiak, A. G., N. C. Schmerr, M. E. Banks, and I. J. Daubar. 2020. "Terrestrial single-station analog for constraining the martian core and deep interior: Implications for InSight." Icarus 335 113396 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113396]

    Schmerr, N. C., M. E. Banks, and I. J. Daubar. 2019. "The Seismic Signatures of Recently Formed Impact Craters on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 124 (11): 3063-3081 [10.1029/2019je006044]

    Schleicher, L. S., T. R. Watters, A. J. Martin, and M. E. Banks. 2019. "Wrinkle ridges on Mercury and the Moon within and outside of mascons." Icarus 331 226-237 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.04.013]

    Williams, N. R., J. F. Bell, T. R. Watters, et al. M. E. Banks, K. Daud, and R. A. French. 2019. "Evidence for recent and ancient faulting at Mare Frigoris and implications for lunar tectonic evolution." Icarus 326 151-161 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.002]

    Stern, S. A., H. A. Weaver, J. R. Spencer, et al. C. B. Olkin, G. R. Gladstone, W. M. Grundy, J. M. Moore, D. P. Cruikshank, H. A. Elliott, W. B. McKinnon, J. W. Parker, A. J. Verbiscer, L. A. Young, D. A. Aguilar, J. M. Albers, T. Andert, J. P. Andrews, F. Bagenal, M. E. Banks, B. A. Bauer, J. A. Bauman, K. E. Bechtold, C. B. Beddingfield, N. Behrooz, K. B. Beisser, S. D. Benecchi, E. Bernardoni, R. A. Beyer, S. Bhaskaran, C. J. Bierson, R. P. Binzel, E. M. Birath, M. K. Bird, D. R. Boone, A. F. Bowman, V. J. Bray, D. T. Britt, L. E. Brown, M. R. Buckley, M. W. Buie, B. J. Buratti, L. M. Burke, S. S. Bushman, B. Carcich, A. L. Chaikin, C. L. Chavez, A. F. Cheng, E. J. Colwell, S. J. Conard, M. P. Conner, C. A. Conrad, J. C. Cook, S. B. Cooper, O. S. Custodio, C. M. Dalle Ore, C. C. Deboy, P. Dharmavaram, R. D. Dhingra, G. F. Dunn, A. M. Earle, A. F. Egan, J. Eisig, M. R. El-Maarry, C. Engelbrecht, B. L. Enke, C. J. Ercol, E. D. Fattig, C. L. Ferrell, T. J. Finley, J. Firer, J. Fischetti, W. M. Folkner, M. N. Fosbury, G. H. Fountain, J. M. Freeze, L. Gabasova, L. S. Glaze, J. L. Green, G. A. Griffith, Y. Guo, M. Hahn, D. W. Hals, D. P. Hamilton, S. A. Hamilton, J. J. Hanley, A. Harch, K. A. Harmon, H. M. Hart, J. Hayes, C. B. Hersman, M. E. Hill, T. A. Hill, J. D. Hofgartner, M. E. Holdridge, M. Horányi, A. Hosadurga, A. D. Howard, C. J. Howett, S. E. Jaskulek, D. E. Jennings, J. R. Jensen, M. R. Jones, H. K. Kang, D. J. Katz, D. E. Kaufmann, J. J. Kavelaars, J. T. Keane, G. P. Keleher, M. Kinczyk, M. C. Kochte, P. Kollmann, S. M. Krimigis, G. L. Kruizinga, D. Y. Kusnierkiewicz, M. S. Lahr, T. R. Lauer, G. B. Lawrence, J. E. Lee, E. J. Lessac-Chenen, I. R. Linscott, C. M. Lisse, A. W. Lunsford, D. M. Mages, V. A. Mallder, N. P. Martin, B. H. May, D. J. McComas, R. L. McNutt, D. S. Mehoke, T. S. Mehoke, D. S. Nelson, H. D. Nguyen, J. I. Núñez, A. C. Ocampo, W. M. Owen, G. K. Oxton, A. H. Parker, M. Pätzold, J. Y. Pelgrift, F. J. Pelletier, J. P. Pineau, M. R. Piquette, S. B. Porter, S. Protopapa, E. Quirico, J. A. Redfern, A. L. Regiec, H. J. Reitsema, D. C. Reuter, D. C. Richardson, J. E. Riedel, M. A. Ritterbush, S. J. Robbins, D. J. Rodgers, G. D. Rogers, D. M. Rose, P. E. Rosendall, K. D. Runyon, M. G. Ryschkewitsch, M. M. Saina, M. J. Salinas, P. M. Schenk, J. R. Scherrer, W. R. Schlei, B. Schmitt, D. J. Schultz, D. C. Schurr, F. Scipioni, R. L. Sepan, R. G. Shelton, M. R. Showalter, M. Simon, K. N. Singer, E. W. Stahlheber, D. R. Stanbridge, J. A. Stansberry, A. J. Steffl, D. F. Strobel, M. M. Stothoff, T. Stryk, J. R. Stuart, M. E. Summers, M. B. Tapley, A. Taylor, H. W. Taylor, R. M. Tedford, H. B. Throop, L. S. Turner, O. M. Umurhan, J. Van Eck, D. Velez, M. H. Versteeg, M. A. Vincent, R. W. Webbert, S. E. Weidner, G. E. Weigle, J. R. Wendel, O. L. White, K. E. Whittenburg, B. G. Williams, K. E. Williams, S. P. Williams, H. L. Winters, A. M. Zangari, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2019. "Initial results from the New Horizons exploration of 2014 MU69, a small Kuiper Belt object." Science 364 (6441): eaaw9771 [10.1126/science.aaw9771]

    Daubar, I. J., M. E. Banks, N. C. Schmerr, and M. P. Golombek. 2019. "Recently Formed Crater Clusters on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 124 (4): 958-969 [10.1029/2018je005857]

    Chojnacki, M., M. E. Banks, L. K. Fenton, and A. C. Urso. 2019. "Boundary condition controls on the high-sand-flux regions of Mars." Geology 47 (5): 427-430 [10.1130/g45793.1]

    Daubar, I., P. Lognonné, N. A. Teanby, et al. K. Miljkovic, J. Stevanović, J. Vaubaillon, B. Kenda, T. Kawamura, J. Clinton, A. Lucas, M. Drilleau, C. Yana, G. S. Collins, D. Banfield, M. Golombek, S. Kedar, N. Schmerr, R. Garcia, S. Rodriguez, T. Gudkova, S. May, M. Banks, J. Maki, E. Sansom, F. Karakostas, M. Panning, N. Fuji, J. Wookey, M. van Driel, M. Lemmon, V. Ansan, M. Böse, S. Stähler, H. Kanamori, J. Richardson, S. Smrekar, and W. B. Banerdt. 2018. "Impact-Seismic Investigations of the InSight Mission." Space Science Reviews 214 (8): 132 [10.1007/s11214-018-0562-x]

    Banks, M. E., L. K. Fenton, N. T. Bridges, et al. P. E. Geissler, M. Chojnacki, K. D. Runyon, S. Silvestro, and J. R. Zimbelman. 2018. "Patterns in Mobility and Modification of Middle- and High-Latitude Southern Hemisphere Dunes on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 123 (12): 3205-3219 [10.1029/2018je005747]

    van der Bogert, C. H., J. D. Clark, H. Hiesinger, et al. M. E. Banks, T. R. Watters, and M. S. Robinson. 2018. "How old are lunar lobate scarps? 1. Seismic resetting of crater size-frequency distributions." Icarus 306 225-242 [10.1016/j.icarus.2018.01.019]

    Chojnacki, M., M. Banks, and A. Urso. 2018. "Wind-Driven Erosion and Exposure Potential at Mars 2020 Rover Candidate-Landing Sites." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 123 (2): 468-488 [10.1002/2017je005460]

    Banks, M. E., Z. Xiao, S. E. Braden, et al. N. G. Barlow, C. R. Chapman, C. I. Fassett, and S. S. Marchi. 2017. "Revised constraints on absolute age limits for Mercury's Kuiperian and Mansurian stratigraphic systems." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 122 (5): 1010-1020 [10.1002/2016je005254]

    Byrne, P. K., L. R. Ostrach, C. I. Fassett, et al. C. R. Chapman, B. W. Denevi, A. J. Evans, C. Klimczak, M. E. Banks, J. W. Head, and S. C. Solomon. 2016. "Widespread effusive volcanism on Mercury likely ended by about 3.5 Ga." Geophysical Research Letters 43 (14): 7408-7416 [10.1002/2016gl069412]

    Fairén, A. G., J. M. Dohm, J. A. Rodríguez, et al. E. R. Uceda, J. Kargel, R. Soare, H. J. Cleaves, D. Oehler, D. Schulze-Makuch, E. Essefi, M. E. Banks, G. Komatsu, W. Fink, S. Robbins, J. Yan, H. Miyamoto, S. Maruyama, and V. R. Baker. 2016. "The Argyre Region as a Prime Target forin situAstrobiological Exploration of Mars." Astrobiology 16 (2): 143-158 [10.1089/ast.2015.1396]

    Banks, M. E., Z. Xiao, T. R. Watters, et al. R. G. Strom, S. E. Braden, C. R. Chapman, S. C. Solomon, C. Klimczak, and P. K. Byrne. 2015. "Duration of activity on lobate-scarp thrust faults on Mercury." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120 (11): 1751-1762 [10.1002/2015je004828]

    Stern, S. A., F. Bagenal, K. Ennico, et al. G. R. Gladstone, W. M. Grundy, W. B. McKinnon, J. M. Moore, C. B. Olkin, J. R. Spencer, H. A. Weaver, L. A. Young, T. Andert, J. Andrews, M. Banks, B. Bauer, J. Bauman, O. S. Barnouin, P. Bedini, K. Beisser, R. A. Beyer, S. Bhaskaran, R. P. Binzel, E. Birath, M. Bird, D. J. Bogan, A. Bowman, V. J. Bray, M. Brozovic, C. Bryan, M. R. Buckley, M. W. Buie, B. J. Buratti, S. S. Bushman, A. Calloway, B. Carcich, A. F. Cheng, S. Conard, C. A. Conrad, J. C. Cook, D. P. Cruikshank, O. S. Custodio, C. M. Dalle Ore, C. Deboy, Z. J. Dischner, P. Dumont, A. M. Earle, H. A. Elliott, J. Ercol, C. M. Ernst, T. Finley, S. H. Flanigan, G. Fountain, M. J. Freeze, T. Greathouse, J. L. Green, Y. Guo, M. Hahn, D. P. Hamilton, S. A. Hamilton, J. Hanley, A. Harch, H. M. Hart, C. B. Hersman, A. Hill, M. E. Hill, D. P. Hinson, M. E. Holdridge, M. Horanyi, A. D. Howard, C. J. Howett, C. Jackman, R. A. Jacobson, D. E. Jennings, J. A. Kammer, H. K. Kang, D. E. Kaufmann, P. Kollmann, S. M. Krimigis, D. Kusnierkiewicz, T. R. Lauer, J. E. Lee, K. L. Lindstrom, I. R. Linscott, C. M. Lisse, A. W. Lunsford, V. A. Mallder, N. Martin, D. J. McComas, R. L. McNutt, D. Mehoke, T. Mehoke, E. D. Melin, M. Mutchler, D. Nelson, F. Nimmo, J. I. Nunez, A. Ocampo, W. M. Owen, M. Paetzold, B. Page, A. H. Parker, J. W. Parker, F. Pelletier, J. Peterson, N. Pinkine, M. Piquette, S. B. Porter, S. Protopapa, J. Redfern, H. J. Reitsema, D. C. Reuter, J. H. Roberts, S. J. Robbins, G. Rogers, D. Rose, K. Runyon, K. D. Retherford, M. G. Ryschkewitsch, P. Schenk, E. Schindhelm, B. Sepan, M. R. Showalter, K. N. Singer, M. Soluri, D. Stanbridge, A. J. Steffl, D. F. Strobel, T. Stryk, M. E. Summers, J. R. Szalay, M. Tapley, A. Taylor, H. Taylor, H. B. Throop, C. C. Tsang, G. L. Tyler, O. M. Umurhan, A. J. Verbiscer, M. H. Versteeg, M. Vincent, R. Webbert, S. Weidner, G. E. Weigle, O. L. White, K. Whittenburg, B. G. Williams, K. Williams, S. Williams, W. W. Woods, A. M. Zangari, and E. Zirnstein. 2015. "The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons." Science 350 (6258): aad1815-aad1815 [10.1126/science.aad1815]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, G. C. Collins, et al. M. E. Banks, K. Daud, N. R. Williams, and M. M. Selvans. 2015. "Global thrust faulting on the Moon and the influence of tidal stresses." Geology 43 (10): 851-854 [10.1130/g37120.1]

    Dohm, J., T. Hare, S. Robbins, et al. J.-P. Williams, R. Soare, M. El-Maarry, S. Conway, D. Buczkowski, J. Kargel, M. Banks, A. Fairén, D. Schulze-Makuch, G. Komatsu, H. Miyamoto, R. Anderson, A. Davila, W. Mahaney, W. Fink, H. Cleaves, J. Yan, B. Hynek, and S. Maruyama. 2015. "Geological and hydrological histories of the Argyre province, Mars." Icarus 253 66-98 [10.1016/j.icarus.2015.02.017]

    Watters, T. R., M. M. Selvans, M. E. Banks, et al. S. A. Hauck, K. J. Becker, and M. S. Robinson. 2015. "Distribution of large‐scale contractional tectonic landforms on Mercury: Implications for the origin of global stresses." Geophysical Research Letters 42 (10): 3755-3763 [10.1002/2015gl063570]

    Banks, M. E., T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, et al. L. L. Tornabene, T. Tran, L. Ojha, and N. R. Williams. 2012. "Morphometric analysis of small-scale lobate scarps on the Moon using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 117 (E12): [10.1029/2011je003907]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, M. E. Banks, T. Tran, and B. W. Denevi. 2012. "Recent extensional tectonics on the Moon revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera." Nature Geoscience 5 (3): 181-185 [10.1038/ngeo1387]

    Strom, R. G., M. E. Banks, C. R. Chapman, et al. C. I. Fassett, J. A. Forde, J. W. Head, W. J. Merline, L. M. Prockter, and S. C. Solomon. 2011. "Mercury crater statistics from MESSENGER flybys: Implications for stratigraphy and resurfacing history." Planetary and Space Science 59 (15): 1960-1967 [10.1016/j.pss.2011.03.018]

    Bridges, N. T., M. C. Bourke, P. E. Geissler, et al. M. E. Banks, C. Colon, S. Diniega, M. P. Golombek, C. J. Hansen, S. Mattson, A. S. McEwen, M. T. Mellon, N. Stantzos, and B. J. Thomson. 2011. "Planet-wide sand motion on Mars." Geology 40 (1): 31-34 [10.1130/g32373.1]

    Banks, M. E., S. Byrne, K. Galla, et al. A. S. McEwen, V. J. Bray, C. M. Dundas, K. E. Fishbaugh, K. E. Herkenhoff, and B. C. Murray. 2010. "Crater population and resurfacing of the Martian north polar layered deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research 115 (E8): E08006 [10.1029/2009je003523]

    Watters, T. R., M. S. Robinson, R. A. Beyer, et al. M. E. Banks, J. F. Bell, M. E. Pritchard, H. Hiesinger, C. H. van der Bogert, P. C. Thomas, E. P. Turtle, and N. R. Williams. 2010. "Evidence of Recent Thrust Faulting on the Moon Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera." Science 329 (5994): 936-940 [10.1126/science.1189590]

    McEwen, A. S., M. E. Banks, N. Baugh, et al. K. Becker, A. Boyd, J. W. Bergstrom, R. A. Beyer, E. Bortolini, N. T. Bridges, S. Byrne, B. Castalia, F. C. Chuang, L. S. Crumpler, I. Daubar, A. K. Davatzes, D. G. Deardorff, A. DeJong, W. Alan Delamere, E. N. Dobrea, C. M. Dundas, E. M. Eliason, Y. Espinoza, A. Fennema, K. E. Fishbaugh, T. Forrester, P. E. Geissler, J. A. Grant, J. L. Griffes, J. P. Grotzinger, V. C. Gulick, C. J. Hansen, K. E. Herkenhoff, R. Heyd, W. L. Jaeger, D. Jones, B. Kanefsky, L. Keszthelyi, R. King, R. L. Kirk, K. J. Kolb, J. Lasco, A. Lefort, R. Leis, K. W. Lewis, S. Martinez-Alonso, S. Mattson, G. McArthur, M. T. Mellon, J. M. Metz, M. P. Milazzo, R. E. Milliken, T. Motazedian, C. H. Okubo, A. Ortiz, A. J. Philippoff, J. Plassmann, A. Polit, P. S. Russell, C. Schaller, M. L. Searls, T. Spriggs, S. W. Squyres, S. Tarr, N. Thomas, B. J. Thomson, L. L. Tornabene, C. Van Houten, C. Verba, C. M. Weitz, and J. J. Wray. 2010. "The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO’s Primary Science Phase (PSP)." Icarus 205 (1): 2-37 [10.1016/j.icarus.2009.04.023]

    Banks, M. E., N. P. Lang, J. S. Kargel, et al. A. S. McEwen, V. R. Baker, J. A. Grant, J. D. Pelletier, and R. G. Strom. 2009. "An analysis of sinuous ridges in the southern Argyre Planitia, Mars using HiRISE and CTX images and MOLA data." Journal of Geophysical Research 114 (E9): E09003 [10.1029/2008je003244]

    Banks, M. E., A. S. McEwen, J. S. Kargel, et al. V. R. Baker, R. G. Strom, M. T. Mellon, V. C. Gulick, L. Keszthelyi, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. D. Pelletier, and W. L. Jaeger. 2008. "High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) observations of glacial and periglacial morphologies in the circum-Argyre Planitia highlands, Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research 113 (E12): E12015 [10.1029/2007je002994]

    Banks, M. E., and J. D. Pelletier. 2008. "Forward modeling of ice topography on Mars to infer basal shear stress conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research 113 (E1): E01001 [10.1029/2007je002895]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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