Patrick L Whelley

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Patrick L Whelley

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  • 301.614.5129
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Patrick Whelley is a geologist who studies volcanic and aeolian processes and products on terrestrial planets. His work uses a combination of remote sensing and in-situ observations. He has a BS and MS from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and currently works a research scientist with the University of Maryland on a co-operative agreement at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In the field, he collects high-resolution topographic data using a terrestrial laser scanner. The data inform volcanic mapping and provide ground-truth for remote sensing measurements. Patrick uses remote sensing data to characterize explosive volcanic stratigraphy on Mars. His work has implications for volcano hazard mapping, on Earth, and for interpreting volcanic histories of the terrestrial planets.

    Research Interests

    Physical volcanology

     Studying how volcanoes emplace lava and pyroclastic flows

    LiDAR topography

     Using Light Detection and Rainging to measure topography

    Aeolian geology

    Studying the wind and the landforms it produces

    Current Projects

    Lava Flow Morphology in the Solar System

    An NPP fellowship to study lava flow morphology with LiDAR

    Positions/Employment

    4/2017 - Present

    Visiting Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, College Park, College Park Maryland

    Dr. Patrick Whelley studies volcanic deposit morphology with LiDAR remote sensing.

    4/2016 - 4/2017

    Scientist

    USRA, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Study volcanic deposits and ways to differenti them from eachother

    Develop a LiDAR instrument for rovers and landers

    Collaborate with planetery and earth scietests studying volcanoes of many kinds

    4/2014 - 4/2016

    NPP Research Fellow

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN

     NASA Post-Doctoral Program Fellowship, Project: Lava Flow Morphology in the Solar System

    3/2012 - 3/2014

    Research Fellow

    The Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  Volcanic hazards: remote sensing investigation of 300 volcanoes in Southeast Asia to assess potential hazards. Study on Likelihood of Prolonged Period of Volcanic Ash Coverage over Singapore and the Singapore Flight Information Region.

    Teaching Experience

     Theory and Applications of LiDAR Topographic Mapping, (Fall-2011) University at Buffalo
    • Team-taught with Drs. B. Csatho & T. Schenk
    • Graduate level remote sensing course
    • Lectured on LiDAR processing for geological applications
    Geology Field Camp, (Summer 2008 -2011) University at Buffalo, American West (Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming)
    • Head Teaching Assistant, Summer 2010 & 2011, Supervisor: Dr. M. Bursik
    • Teaching Assistant, Summer 2009, Logistics Assistant Summer 2008
    • Supervised graduate student teaching staff
    • Daily field excursions, geologic mapping and field methods
    Space Exploration Topics: Planetary Geology, (Fall 2009) University at Buffalo
    • Team-taught with Drs. J. Crassidis & J. Zirnheld
    • Lectures to engineering undergraduates regarding geological surfaces processes in the solar system
    Structural Geology, (Fall 2008 & 2011) University at Buffalo
    • Teaching Assistant, Supervisor: Dr. J. Cortes
    • Weekly laboratory exercises focused on observing analyzing and interpreting structural features
    Advanced Hydrogeology, (Spring 2008) University at Buffalo
    • Teaching Assistant, Supervisor: Dr. J. Becker
    • Weekly laboratory exercises on computer modeling of hydrologic systems
    Environmental Geology Laboratory, (Fall 2007) University at Buffalo
    • Teaching Assistant, Supervisor: Dr. J. Briner
    • Weekly laboratory exercises on introductory geologic and environmental concepts
    Geology Field Camp, (Summer 2007) Arizona State University, Tonto National Forest, Payson Arizona
    • Teaching Assistant, Supervisor: Dr. T. Sharp
    • Daily field excursions, geologic mapping and field methods

    Education

    Ph.D. Geology (2012), University at Buffalo, State University of New York; Buffalo New York
    M.S. Geological Sciences (2007), Arizona State University; Tempe Arizona
    B.S. Geological Sciences (2005), Arizona State University; Tempe Arizona

    Professional Societies

    International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior, 2008 - Present
    Geological Society of America, 2007 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2003 - Present

    Awards

    Pegrum Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Dept. of Geology, University at Buffalo (2011)
    NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship (2008 - 2011).
    Pegrum Conference Travel Grant, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo (2008, 09, &11)
    “Best Poster”, Natural Disasters in Small Communities, How can we help? Buffalo, NY (2008)
    Pegrum Graduate Fellowship, University at Buffalo, Department of Geology (2008 & 09)

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Whelley, P. L., W. B. Garry, C. W. Hamilton, and J. E. Bleacher. 2017. "LiDAR-derived surface roughness signatures of basaltic lava types at the Muliwai a Pele Lava Channel, Mauna Ulu, Hawai‘i." Bulletin of Volcanology, 79 (11): 75 [10.1007/s00445-017-1161-5]

    Murphy, J., K. Steakley, M. Balme, et al. G. Deprez, F. Esposito, H. Kahanpää, M. Lemmon, R. Lorenz, N. Murdoch, L. Neakrase, M. Patel, and P. Whelley. 2016. "Field Measurements of Terrestrial and Martian Dust Devils." Space Science Reviews, 203 (1-4): 39-87 [10.1007/s11214-016-0283-y]

    Klose, M., B. C. Jemmett-Smith, H. Kahanpää, et al. M. Kahre, P. Knippertz, M. T. Lemmon, S. R. Lewis, R. D. Lorenz, L. D. Neakrase, C. Newman, M. R. Patel, D. Reiss, A. Spiga, and P. L. Whelley. 2016. "Dust Devil Sediment Transport: From Lab to Field to Global Impact." Space Sci Rev, 203 (1-4): 377–426 [10.1007/s11214-016-0261-4]

    Paris, R., A. D. Switzer, M. Belousova, et al. A. Belousov, B. Ontowirjo, P. L. Whelley, and M. Ulvrova. 2014. "Volcanic tsunami: A review of source mechanisms, past events and hazards in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea)." Natural Hazards, 70 (1): 447--470 [10.1007/s11069-013-0822-8]

    Whelley, P. L., L. S. Glaze, E. S. Calder, and D. J. Harding. 2014. "LiDAR-derived surface roughness mapping: Applications to Mount St. Helens Pumice Plain deposit analysis." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 52 (1): 426-438 [10.1109/TGRS.2013.2241443]

    Whelley, P. L., J. Jay, E. S. Calder, et al. M. E. Pritchard, N. J. Cassidy, S. Alcaraz, and A. Pavez. 2012. "Post-depositional fracturing and subsidence of pumice flow deposits: Lascar Volcano, Chile." Bulletin of Volcanology, 74 (2): 511--531 [10.1007/s00445-011-0545-1]

    Greeley, R., P. L. Whelley, L. D. Neakrase, et al. R. E. Arvidson, N. T. Bridges, N. A. Cabrol, P. R. Christensen, K. Di, D. J. Foley, M. P. Golombek, K. Herkenhoff, A. Knudson, R. O. Kuzmin, R. Li, T. Michaels, S. W. Squyres, R. Sullivan, and S. D. Thompson. 2008. "Columbia Hills, Mars: Aeolian features seen from the ground and orbit." Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets, 113 (6): 1--17 [10.1029/2007JE002971]

    Whelley, P. L., and R. Greeley. 2008. "The distribution of dust devil activity on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 113 (E07002): 12 [10.1029/2007JE002966]

    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.

    Whelley, P. L., and R. Greeley. 2006. "Latitudinal dependency in dust devil activity on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 111 (E10003):

    Greeley, R., S. W. Squyres, R. E. Arvidson, et al. P. Bartlett, J. F. Bell, D. Blaney, N. A. Cabrol, J. Farmer, B. Farrand, M. P. Golombek, S. D. Thompson, P. L. Whelley, and O.. 2004. "Wind-Related Processes Detected by the Spirit Rover at Gusev Crater, Mars." Science, 305 (5685): 810 [10.1126/science.1100108]

    Balme, M. R., P. L. Whelley, and R. Greeley. 2003. "Mars: Dust devil track survey in Argyre Planitia and Hellas Basin." Journal of Geophysical Research. E. Planets, 108 (E8): 5086 [10.1029/2003JE002096]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Patrick Whelley is a geologist who studies volcanic and aeolian processes and products on terrestrial planets. His work uses a combination of remote sensing and in-situ observations. He has a BS and MS from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and currently works a research scientist with the University of Maryland on a co-operative agreement at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In the field, he collects high-resolution topographic data using a terrestrial laser scanner. The data inform volcanic mapping and provide ground-truth for remote sensing measurements. Patrick uses remote sensing data to characterize explosive volcanic stratigraphy on Mars. His work has implications for volcano hazard mapping, on Earth, and for interpreting volcanic histories of the terrestrial planets.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Whelley, P. L., W. B. Garry, C. W. Hamilton, and J. E. Bleacher. 2017. "LiDAR-derived surface roughness signatures of basaltic lava types at the Muliwai a Pele Lava Channel, Mauna Ulu, Hawai‘i." Bulletin of Volcanology 79 (11): 75 [10.1007/s00445-017-1161-5]

    Murphy, J., K. Steakley, M. Balme, et al. G. Deprez, F. Esposito, H. Kahanpää, M. Lemmon, R. Lorenz, N. Murdoch, L. Neakrase, M. Patel, and P. Whelley. 2016. "Field Measurements of Terrestrial and Martian Dust Devils." Space Science Reviews 203 (1-4): 39-87 [10.1007/s11214-016-0283-y]

    Klose, M., B. C. Jemmett-Smith, H. Kahanpää, et al. M. Kahre, P. Knippertz, M. T. Lemmon, S. R. Lewis, R. D. Lorenz, L. D. Neakrase, C. Newman, M. R. Patel, D. Reiss, A. Spiga, and P. L. Whelley. 2016. "Dust Devil Sediment Transport: From Lab to Field to Global Impact." Space Sci Rev 203 (1-4): 377–426 [10.1007/s11214-016-0261-4]

    Paris, R., A. D. Switzer, M. Belousova, et al. A. Belousov, B. Ontowirjo, P. L. Whelley, and M. Ulvrova. 2014. "Volcanic tsunami: A review of source mechanisms, past events and hazards in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea)." Natural Hazards 70 (1): 447--470 [10.1007/s11069-013-0822-8]

    Whelley, P. L., L. S. Glaze, E. S. Calder, and D. J. Harding. 2014. "LiDAR-derived surface roughness mapping: Applications to Mount St. Helens Pumice Plain deposit analysis." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52 (1): 426-438 [10.1109/TGRS.2013.2241443]

    Whelley, P. L., J. Jay, E. S. Calder, et al. M. E. Pritchard, N. J. Cassidy, S. Alcaraz, and A. Pavez. 2012. "Post-depositional fracturing and subsidence of pumice flow deposits: Lascar Volcano, Chile." Bulletin of Volcanology 74 (2): 511--531 [10.1007/s00445-011-0545-1]

    Greeley, R., P. L. Whelley, L. D. Neakrase, et al. R. E. Arvidson, N. T. Bridges, N. A. Cabrol, P. R. Christensen, K. Di, D. J. Foley, M. P. Golombek, K. Herkenhoff, A. Knudson, R. O. Kuzmin, R. Li, T. Michaels, S. W. Squyres, R. Sullivan, and S. D. Thompson. 2008. "Columbia Hills, Mars: Aeolian features seen from the ground and orbit." Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets 113 (6): 1--17 [10.1029/2007JE002971]

    Whelley, P. L., and R. Greeley. 2008. "The distribution of dust devil activity on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 113 (E07002): 12 [10.1029/2007JE002966]

    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

    Whelley, P. L., and R. Greeley. 2006. "Latitudinal dependency in dust devil activity on Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 111 (E10003):

    Greeley, R., S. W. Squyres, R. E. Arvidson, et al. P. Bartlett, J. F. Bell, D. Blaney, N. A. Cabrol, J. Farmer, B. Farrand, M. P. Golombek, S. D. Thompson, P. L. Whelley, and O.. 2004. "Wind-Related Processes Detected by the Spirit Rover at Gusev Crater, Mars." Science 305 (5685): 810 [10.1126/science.1100108]

    Balme, M. R., P. L. Whelley, and R. Greeley. 2003. "Mars: Dust devil track survey in Argyre Planitia and Hellas Basin." Journal of Geophysical Research. E. Planets 108 (E8): 5086 [10.1029/2003JE002096]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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