Katie’s CV

Kathryn L. Bryson
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Bay Area Environmental Research Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
M/S 245-6, Moffett Field, CA 94035
kathryn.bryson@nasa.gov

Education:

PhD Candidate in Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas
2005-2008
BS, cum laude, in Physics/Astronomy merged, Northern Arizona University
2003

Dissertation:

Title:  Experimental Study of the Stability of Volatiles on Mars
Dissertation Advisor: Derek W.G. Sears

Research Experience:
Consultant Research Scientist, BAER Institute,
2011-present
NASA Ames Research Center, Mt. View, CA
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, BAER Institute,
2009-2011
NASA Ames Research Center, Mt. View, CA
  • Ground control sample analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon thin films using UV/VIS spectroscopy for the Organic experiment on EXPOSE-R on the International Space Station
  • Sample calibration and preflight analysis of organic thin films including infield hardware testing using UV/VIS spectroscopy for the O/OREOS Nanosatellite
  • Sample preparation and sample assembly for O/OREOS Nanosatellite
Graduate Student Researcher,
2005-2008
Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • Experimental studies on the stability of water ice below unconsolidated simulated martian regoliths, water affected by wind, and carbon dioxide ice under simulated martian conditions
  • Remote sensing image analysis using USGS ISIS and ENVI to examine MOC, HiRISE and CRISM images
Student Contractor, US Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ
2002
  • Organize and examine Mars Odyssey THEMIS images
Research Assistant, SETI Institute, Mt. View, CA
2001
  • Experimental analysis with the use of an X-ray Photoelectric Spectrometer (XPS) on fossils from extreme Earth environments
Student Intern, NASA Ames Research Center, Mt. View, CA
1999-2000
  • Programmed in Fortran to help with data analysis
Teaching Experience:
Survey of the Universe Laboratory, University of Arkansas
2006-2008
Honors and awards:
Doctoral Academy Fellow, University of Arkansas
2005-2008
From Abstract to Contract Research Symposium Winner, University of Arkansas
2008
Mortar Board
2003
Golden Key
2003
Order of Omega
2002
Gamma Beta Phi
2001
Alpha Lambda Delta
2001
National Recognition Scholarship, Northern Arizona University
2000-2003
Academic and Outreach Activities:
2010 Yuri’s Night and Education Day Team
2010
  • Astrochemsitry booth, NASA Ames Research Center
Student Representative to Faculty,
2007-2008
  • Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas
Planetarium Student Oversight Board,
2007-2008
  • Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas
Instructor, Exploring Mars,
2007
  • University of Arkansas Gifted and Talented Summer Institute
Assistant, STORI Teacher Workshop, University of Arkansas
2006
NASA Planetary Science Summer School, JPL
2006
Professional Societies:

American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), American Chemical Society (ACS)

Seminars and Invited Talks:

September 30, 2009 – Exposure of Organics to the Space Environment, Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences
July 8, 2010 – UV and Space Exposure of Aromatic Compounds, Space Science & Astrobiology Division Seminar Series, NASA Ames Research Center

Publications:

1. Bryson, K.L., Peeters, Z., Salama, F., Foing, B., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A.J., Jessberger, E., Bischoff, A., Breitfellner, M., Schmidt, W., and Robert, F. 2011 “The ORGANIC Experiment on EXPOSE-R on the ISS,” Advances in Space Research, submitted.

2. Bramall, N., Quinn, R., Mattioda, A., Bryson, K., Chittenden, J., Cook, A., Taylor, C., Minelli, G., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A., Squires, D., Santos, O., Friedericks, C., Landis, D., Jones, N.C., Salama, F., Allamandola, L., and Hoffmann, S.V. 2011 “The Development of the Space Environment Viability of Organics (SEVO) Experiment aboard the Organism/Organics Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) Satellite,” PSS, submitted.

3. Bryson, K. L., Sears, D.W.G., and Dixon, J.C., 2010 “Evaporation Effects on the Formation of Martian Gullies,” Icarus, 210, 72, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.06.033.

4. Blackburn, D.G., Bryson, K. L., Chevrier, V.F., Roe, L.A., and White, K.F., 2010 “Sublimation Kinetics of CO2 ice on Mars”, PSS, 58(5), 780, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2009.12.004.

5.  Bryson, K. L., Chevrier, V., Sears, D.W.G., and Ulrich, R., 2008 “Stability of ice on Mars and the water vapor diurnal cycle: Experimental study of the sublimation of ice through a fine-grained basaltic regolith”, Icarus, 196, 446, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2008.02.011.

6.  Chittenden, J.D., Chevrier, V., Roe, L.A., Bryson, K., Pilgrim, K. and Sears, D.W.G, 2008 “Experimental Study of the Effect of Wind on the Stability of Water Ice on Mars”, Icarus, 196, 477, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2008.01.016.

7.  Chevrier, V., Sears, D.W.G., Chittenden, J.D., Roe, L.A., Ulrich, R., Bryson, K., Billingsley, L., and Hanley, J., 2007, “Sublimation rate of ice under simulated Mars conditions and the effect of layers of mock regolith JSC Mars-1”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L02203, doi:10.1029/2006GL028401.

Conference Proceedings:

1.Bryson, K.L., Salama, F., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A.J., Peeters, Z., Foing, B., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., and Mumma, M., “Ground Control Monitoring for the Organics Experiment on the EXPOSE-R Facility on the International Space Station” in NASA Laboratory Astrophysics Workshop Conference Proceedings, Gatlinburg, TN, October, 2010.

2.Minelli, G., Bryson, K., et al., “O/OREOS: A Multi-Payload Technology Demonstration.” in AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites Proceedings, Logan UT, August 2010.

Abstracts:

1. Bryson, K.L., Salama, F., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A.J., Peeters, Z., Foing, B., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., and Mumma, M. “Ground Control Monitoring for the Organics Experiment on the EXPOSE-R Facility on the International Space Station,” 2010 NASA Laboratory Astrophysics Workshop, October 25-28, 2010, Gatlinburg, TN (poster presentation).

2. Minelli, G. Bryson, K., et al., “O/OREOS Nanosatellite: A Multi-Payload Technology Demonstration,” 24th Annual Conference on Small Satellites, August 9-12, 2010, in Logan, UT (presented orally by G. Minelli).

3. Ehrenfreund, P., Quinn, R., Mattioda, A., Bramall, N., Bryson, K., Chittenden, J., Ricco, A., Squires, D., Santos, O., Minelli, G., Defouw, G., Friedericks, C., Landis, D., “O/OREOS Sat: Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses,” 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, July 18-25, 2010, in Bremen, Germany (presented orally by P. Ehrenfreund).

4. Bryson, K.L., Salama, F., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A.J., the EXPOSE-R Organics team, and the O/OREOS SEVO team, “UV and Space Exposure of Aromatic Compounds on Earth Orbit Missions,” PAHs and the Universe Symposium, May 31-June 4, 2010, in Toulouse, France (poster presentation).

5. Salama, F., Bryson, K., Ehrenfreund, P., Ricco, A. J., Peeters, Z., Foing, B., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., Mumma, M., “UV and Space Exposure of Aromatic Compounds on the EXPOSE-R Facility Onboard the International Space Station,” 216th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, May 23-27, 2010, in Miami, FL (poster presentation).

6. Bryson, K.L., Peeters, Z., Salama, F., Ehrenfreund, P., Foing, B., Ricco, A.J., Monaghan, E., Willis, D., Breitfellner, M., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., and Mumma, M., “The Organics Experiement on EXPOSE-R,” Astrobiology Science Conference 2010, April 26-29, 2010, in League City, CA (oral presentation).

7.  Quinn, R., Ehrenfreund, P., Marrioda, A., Ricco, A., Bramall, N., Bryson, K., Chittenden, J., and Conley, C., “The Space Environment Viability of Organics (SEVO) Experiment on the Organisms/Organics Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) Nanosatellite Mission,” Astrobiology Science Conference 2010, April 26-29, 2010, in League City, CA (presented orally by R. Quinn).

8. Bryson, K., Salama, F., Enhrenfreund, P., Ricco, A. J., Peeters, Z., Foing B. H., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., and Mumma, M., “UV And Space Exposure Of Aromatic Compounds On The EXPOSE-R Facility Onboard ISS,” 239th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-25, 2010, in San Francisco, CA (poster presentation).

9. Quinn, R., Ehrenfreund, P., Mattioda, A., Ricco, A., Bramall, N., Bryson, K., Chittenden, J., and Conley, C., Organism/organic exposure to orbital stresses nanosatellite (O/OREOS): Space environment viability of organics (SEVO) 239th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-25, 2010, in San Francisco, CA (presented orally by A. Mattioda).

10. Bryson, K., Salama, F., Enhrenfreund, P., Ricco, A. J., Peeters, Z., Foing B. H., Monaghan, E., Wills, D., Breitfellner, M., Jessberger, E., Robert, F., and Mumma, M., “UV And Space Exposure Of Aromatic Compounds On The EXPOSE-R Facility Onboard ISS,” 214th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, June 7-11, 2009, in Pasadena, CA (poster presentation).

11. Bryson, K.L. and Sears, D.W.G., “Evaporation Effects on the Formation of Martian Gullies,” 40th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 23-27, 2009, in The Woodlands, Texas, abstract no. 1368 (poster presentation).

12. Blackburn, D.G., Bryson, K., Chevrier, V.F., Roe, L.A., and White, K.F., “Sublimation Kinetics of CO2 Ice and Evolution of the Martian Polar Cap,” 40th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 23-27, 2009, in The Woodlands, Texas, abstract no. 1339 (poster presentation).

13. Chevrier, V.F., Bryson, K.L., Roe, L.A., Blackburn, D.G., and White, K.F., “Sublimation Kinetics of CO2 Ice and Evolution of the Martian Polar Cap,” 3rd International Workshop on The Mars Atmosphere: Modeling and Observations, 2008 (presented orally by V.F. Chevrier).

14. Bryson, K., Chevrier, V., Roe, L., White, K., and Blackburn, D., “The Sublimation Rate of CO2 Under Simulated Mars Conditions and the Possible Climatic Implications,” AAS DPS 40th Annual Meeting, 2008 (oral presentation).

15. Sears, D.W.G., Chevrier, V., Ulrich, R., Roe, L.A., and Bryson, K., “Laboratory Measurements On Water Ice Under Simulated Mars’ Conditions,” The Science of Solar System Ices: A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop, May 4-8, 2008, in Oxnard, CA, abstract no. 9063 (oral presentation).

16. Chevrier, V.F., Roe, L.A., White, K.F., Bryson, K., and Blackburn, D.G., “Sublimation Kinetics Of CO2 Ice On The Surface Of Mars,” The Science of Solar System Ices: A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop, May 4-8, 2008, in Oxnard, CA, abstract no. 9067 (presented orally by V.F. Chevrier).

17. Bryson, K., Chevrier, V., Kennington, D., and Sears, D.W.G, “Adsorption Kinetics in Martian Regolith Analogs,” 39th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 10-14, 2008, in League City, Texas, abstract no. 2123 (poster presentation).

18. White, K. F., Chevrier, V., Roe, L., and Bryson, K. L., “Sublimation Kinetics of CO2 Ice on the Surface of Mars,” 39th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 10-14, 2008, in League City, Texas, abstract no. 1178 (presented orally by K. White).

19. Bryson, K., Chevrier, V., and Sears, D.W., “An Experimental Study of the Behavior of Ice Under a Basalt Regolith and Implications for the Martian Diurnal Water Cycle, the Formation of Liquid, and the Presence of Ice at Low Latitudes on Mars,” AAS DPS 39th Annual Meeting, 2007 (oral presentation).

20. Chevrier, V., Chittenden, J. D., Bryson, K., Roe, L. A., and Sears, D. W., and Pilgrim, R., “Experimental Study of the Effect of Wind on the Stability of Water Ice on Mars,” AAS DPS 39th Annual Meeting, 2007 (presented orally by V. Chevrier).

21. Bryson, K., Chevrier, V., and Sears, D. (2007)  “The Effect of a Fine-Grained Basaltic Layer on the Evaporation of Ice Under Martian Conditions,” 38th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 12-17, 2007, in League City, Texas, abstract no. 1246 (oral presentation).

22. Cook, A. M., Spencer, M., Avnet, M., Bonetti, J., Bryson, K., Busch, M., Cheng, S., Crawford, Z., Edmunson, J., Fahnestock, E., Fuse, C., Hardgrove, C., Hier-Majumder, C., Johnson, N., Mikucki, J., Smith, H., Son, L., Wilson, S., and Balint, T., “SCREAM (Subsurface Characterization Rover for Exobiology Assessment on Mars),” AGU, Fall Meeting 2006, abstract #P51C-1205 (poster presentation).

23. Cook, A. M., Spencer, M., Avnet, M., Bonetti, J., Bryson, K., Busch, M., Cheng, S., Crawford, Z., Edmunson, J., Fahnestock, E., Fuse, C., Hardgrove, C., Hier-Majumder, C., Johnson, N., Mikucki, J., Smith, H., Son, L., Wilson, S., and Balint, T., “A PSSS Student-designed Alternative To Exomars,” AAS DPS 38th Annual Meeting, 2006 (poster presentation).

24. Chittenden, J., Chevrier, V., Sears, D. W., Roe, L. A., Bryson, K., Billingsly, L., and Hanley, J., “Insights into Interactions of Water Ice with Regolith under Simulated Martian Conditions,” AAS DPS 38th Annual Meeting, 2006 (presented orally by J. Chittenden).

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