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Dr. Livio Tornabene

Department
Job Title
Research Interest

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

Publications

Tornabene, L. L. et al. (2018) Image simulation and assessment of the colour and spatial capabilities of the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, Space Sci. Rev., doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0436-7.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2017) A depth versus diameter scaling relationship for the best-preserved melt-bearing complex craters on Mars, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.07.003.

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.

Recent Abstracts

Conference Presentations & Abstracts

Tornabene, L. L., et al., *Conway, S., New opportunities in planetary geomorphology: an assessment of the capabilities of the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on The Exomars Trace Gas Orbiter through Image Simulation, (Vol. 19, Abstract EGU2017-19269) EGU General Assembly 2017.

Tornabene L. L. et al., (2017) Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter:  An assessment of colour and spatial capabilities through image simulations. (Abstract #2179) 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Houston, Texas, March 2017.

Tornabene L. L. et al., (2016) Analysis of Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) Colour Capabilities and Simulated Images Generated from MRO Datasets. (Abstract #2695) 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Houston, Texas, March 2016.

Tornabene L. L. et al., (2016) Visible and Thermophysical Characteristics of the Best-Preserved Martian Craters, Part 1: Detailed Morphological Mapping of Resen and Noord. (Abstract #2879) 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Houston, Texas, March 2016.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2015) Meter- to Decameter-Scale Characteristics of Central Uplifts Revealed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Abstract #1043). Bridging the Gap III. Freiburg, Germany, September 2015.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2015) Identifying “Pristine” Craters on Mars: Defining Criteria and Characteristics (Abstract # 34939). Geological Association of Canada – Mineralogical Association of Canada Annual MeetingGAC-MAC Annual General Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, May 2015.

Tornabene, L. L. et al.  (2015). “Pristine”' Martian Craters: Part 1---Criteria and Characteristics (Abstract #2531). 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Houston, Texas, March 2015 (Poster).

Tornabene, L. L. et al. (2014) A Global Synthesis of the Meter- to Decameter-Scale Morphology and Structure of Complex Crater Central Uplifts  (abstract #1791). Eighth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, California, July 2014.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2014) The pre-, syn- and post-impact origin of hydrated phases: A case study based on observations of the Haughton impact structure, Nunavut, Canada,  Geological Association of Canada – Mineralogical Association of Canada Annual Meeting. Fredericton, Program with Abstracts Volume 36:409.

Tornabene L. L. et al. (2014) The pre-, syn- and post-impact origin of hydrated phases: A case study based on the remote sensing and ground-truth of the Haughton impact structure, Nunavut, Canada, 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 17-22, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1777, p.2710.

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

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

Awards & Scholarships

2017 • NASA – Ames Group/Team Honor Award – FINESSE

2015 • Prose Award (as a co-author on a book chapter in Encyclopedia of the Solar System,
Edited by Tilman Spohn, Doris Breuer and Torrence Johnson, Elsevier Publishing) – American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence

Media Release & News

2018 • University of Western Ontario media release: ExoMars returns first images from new orbit; Western’s Livio L. Tornabene makes major impact https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2018/04/26/exomars-returns-first-images-new-orbit/

2017 • Interview with Global News radio AM980 with Jacqueline Labelle and Victor Young https://globalnews.ca/news/3414243/western-university-students-make-their-mark-on-mars/

2017 • Western News article: Western students help name craters on Mars http://news.westernu.ca/2017/04/western-students-help-name-craters-mars/

2017 • University of Western Ontario media release: Three Western students name Martian craters https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2017/04/28/three-western-students-name-martian-craters/

2017 • Interview/Article in The Londoner: “Focus on Mars sharper than expected” (see http://www.thelondoner.ca/2017/01/16/focus-on-mars-sharper-than-expected)

2016 • Interview with Stephen Puddicombe, CBC based in Halifax, N.S. concerning the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli EDM probe.

2016 • Interview/Article in The Londoner: “Western researcher lending expertise to ExoMars mission” (see http://www.thelondoner.ca/2016/03/18/western-researcher-lending-expertise-to-exomars-mission) (ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter – CaSSIS)

2016 • University of Western Ontario media release: Western planetary scientist readies for Mars mission with exciting new surface images (https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2016/12/01/western-planetary-scientist-readies-mars-mission-exciting-new-surface-images/)

2016 • Interview/Article in Sky News Magazine: “A Trace of Methane on Mars” (March/April 2016 edition) (ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter – CaSSIS)

2014 • University of Western Ontario media release: Western University planetary scientist heads back to Mars with European space probe (https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2016/03/14/2835/)

2015 • Interview on the radio program Western Worlds on Astronomy.FM (episode #502) (http://cpsx.uwo.ca/archives/category/western-worlds-podcast)

2015 • Radio Interview: Discovery of surface water on Mars interview with Tom McConnell on CKTB NewsTalk

2015 • Radio Interview: Discovery of surface water on Mars interview with Matt Gurney on National Post Radio

2015 • Western News front page and article: Martian Chronicles (http://news.westernu.ca/2015/01/martian-chronicles-western-researchers-eye-the-red-planet-in-a-new-way/)

2014 • Interview CBC Ontario Morning with Wei Chan (http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ontariomorning_20141204_94367.mp3; fast forward to 17:41)

2014 • Discovery Channel segment highlighting the 1st set of HiRISE images planned by a Canadian team

2014 • Interview on CTV News (National) with Sean Irvine (http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=499467)

2014 • University of Western Ontario media release: Western space explorers release first two images of Mars captured by team using HiRISE (http://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2014/12/02/western-space-explorers-release-first-two-images-of-mars-captured-by-team-using-hirise/)

2014 • University of Western Ontario media release: Western space explorers ready to capture new images of the surface of Mars (http://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2014/11/25/western-space-explorers-ready-to-capture-new-images-of-the-surface-of-mars/)

2012 • University of Western Ontario media release: Highlighted a recent publication detailing the discovery of volatile-rich impact melt deposits on Mars (and in Solar System (https://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2012/07/26/western-researchers-link-martian-surface-oddities-with-subsurfacewater-and-impact-craters/)

2012 • Interview on the radio program Western Worlds on Astronomy.FM (episode #211) (http://cpsx.uwo.ca/archives/category/western-worlds-podcast)