Livio Tornabene

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Western University

Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX)

Research Interests

  • Planetary remote sensing (Mars, Moon and Earth)
  • Impact cratering as a geologic process: including crater formation, shock processes, impactites, crater morphology/morphometry, and impact-induced alteration mechanisms
  • Martian spectroscopy as it pertains to petrogenesis and evolution (alteration) of the upper crust

Publications

Tornabene L. L., & 6 others  (2013) An impact origin for hydrated silicates on Mars: A synthesis, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgre.20082. 

Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2012), Widespread crater-related pitted materials on Mars: further evidence for the role of target volatiles during the impact process, Icarus, 220, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.022.

Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2008), Surface & crater-exposed lithologic units of the Isidis Basin as mapped by co-analysis of THEMIS & TES derived data products, J. Geophys. Res., 113, doi:10.1029/2007JE002988.

Tornabene L. L., & 6 others (2006), Identification of large (2–10 km) rayed craters on Mars in THEMIS thermal infrared images: Implications for possible Martian meteorite source regions, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E10006, doi:10.1029/2005JE002600.

Tornabene L. L., & 5 others (2005) Spaceborne visible & thermal infrared lithologic mapping of impact-exposed subsurface lithologies at the Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Canadian High Arctic: Applications to Mars, MAPS, 40, 1835-1858.

Book Chapters

Grieve R. A. F., Osinski G. R. & Tornabene L. L., Planetary Impacts. In: Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd edition, Academic Press, Oxford, in press.

Wright S. P., Tornabene L. L., & Ramsey M. (2012), Remote Sensing of Impact Craters. In: Osinski, G.R., Pierazzo, E., Grieve, R.A.F. (Eds.), Impact Cratering: Processes and Products, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, New Jersey.

Osinski G. R. , Grieve R. A. F., & Tornabene L. L. (2012), Excavation and Impact Ejecta Emplacement. In: Osinski, G.R., Pierazzo, E., Grieve, R.A.F. (Eds.), Impact Cratering: Processes and Products, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, New Jersey.

Conference Presentations & Abstracts

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2013), Meter- to decameter-scale morphology of melt rocks, breccias, bedrock and structures in central uplifts revealed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Large Meteorite Impacts V, held Aug. 5-9th, 2013 in Sudbury, ON. LPI Contribution No. 1737, p.3107.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2013), A revised global depth-diameter scaling relationship for Mars based on pitted impact melt-bearing craters, Geological Association of Canada – Mineralogical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts Volume 36:188.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2013) A revised global depth-diameter scaling relationship for Mars based on pitted impact melt-bearing craters, 44rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 17-22, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.2592.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012), A crater-exposed bedrock database for Mars with applications for determining the composition and the structure of the upper crust, 3rd International conference on Early Mars, held May 21-25, 2012 in Lake Tahoe, Navada. p. 7069.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012) Wide-spread occurrence of crater-related pitted materials on Mars: Implications for the role of target volatiles during the impact process, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 19-23, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.2418.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2012) Utility of remote sensing, robotic precursor data & a focused science hypothesis for a follow-on human exploration lunar analogue mission at the Mistastin Lake (Kamestastin) impact structure, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 19-23, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.2390.

Tornabene L. L., et al. (2010) Another putative Hesparian-aged crater-related hydrothermal site in Syrtis Major, Mars, Euro. Planet. Sci. Congress, help Sept. 20-24, 2010 in Rome, Italy, vol. 5, p. 644.

Tornabene L. L., et al. (2010) Crater-exposed bedrock database for Mars & preliminary results from a focused study of hydrated silicates, Mars, 41th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference, held March 1-5, 2009 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391, p.1737

Degrees Obtained

Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science
University of Tenessee
Knoxville TN, USA

Thesis topic: Remote sensing of impact crater-exposed subsurface lithologies & Martian rayed crater systems http://etd.utk.edu/2007/TornabeneLivio.pdf

M.Sc. Geological Sciences
University of South Florida
Tampa FL, USA

Thesis topic: The Gatun Structure: A geological assessment of a newly recognized impact structure near Gatun Lake in the Republic De Panama http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/SFE0000019

B.Sc. Geology
University of Florida
Gainesville FL, USA

Awards & Scholarships

2011 NASA Group Achievement Award – MRO-HiRISE Operations and Science

2010 “Charles Lindbergh” Fellow at the Center for Earth and Planetary Science at the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

2005 NASA Group Achievement Award – Mars Exploration Rovers Science and Operations