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Gwen Barnes

Gwen Barnes

Research Assistant Professor


Engineering-Physics 325



Mailing Address

Department of Physics
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

  • Ph.D., Planetary Science, University of Arizona (UofA), Tucson, AZ, USA, May 2007.
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA, Dec 1998.

The overarching goal of my research program is to understand the ways in which impact cratering has affected the evolution of the surfaces of planets and moons with solid surfaces. On airless, inactive bodies, the impact cratering record can reveal the history of solar system bombardment. Impact cratering also exposes a surface’s history by exposing sub-surface layers and material. I use high-resolution, orbital images from both Mars and the Moon, combined with other remote sensing data, to piece together the larger picture of the current state and history of the surfaces of these worlds.

Please note that Gwen publishes under the last name Bart.

  • Bart, G.D.,I.J. Daubar, B.A. Ivanov, C.M. Dundas, A.S. McEwen, (2018).Dark Halos Produced by Current Impact Cratering on Mars.Icarus (submitted).
  • Daubar, I. J., Dundas, C. M., Byrne, S., Geissler, P.,Bart, G. D.,McEwen, A. S., Russell, P. S., Chojnacki, M., Golombek, M. P., (2016).Changes in blast zone albedo patterns around new martian impact craters.Icarus. 267, 86-105.
  • Bart, G.D.(2014)The Quantitative Relationship Between Small Impact Crater Morphology and Regolith Depth.Icarus, 235, 130-135, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.03.020 .
  • Bart, G.D.,R.D. Nickerson,M.T. Lawder,H.J. Melosh. (2011)Global Survey of Lunar Regolith Depths.Icarus, 215, 485-490, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2011.07.017 .
  • Bart, G.D.,H.J. Melosh. (2010)Distributions of Boulders Ejected from Lunar Craters.Icarus, 209, 337-357, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2010.05.023 .
  • Bart, G.D.,H.J. Melosh. (2010)Impact Into Lunar Regolith Inhibits High Velocity Ejection of Large Blocks.J. Geophysical Research. 115, E08004, doi: 10.1029/2009JE003441l .
  • Bart, G.D.,H.J. Melosh. (2007)Using Lunar Boulders to Distinguish Primary From Distant Secondary Impact Craters.Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L07203, doi: 10.1029/2007GL029306 .
  • Colaprete, A., P. Schultz, J. Heldmann, M. Shirley, K. Ennico,B. Hermalyn, D. Wooden, W. Marshall, A. Ricco, R.C. Elphic, D. Goldstein, D .Summy, G.D. Bart, E. Asphaug, D. Korycansky, D. Landis, L. Sollitt. (2010)The Detection of Water Within the LCROSS Ejecta Plume.Science, 330, 463-468, doi: 10.1126/science.1186986.
  • Bart, G.D.(2007)Comparison of Small Lunar Landslides and Martian Gullies.Icarus 187, 417-421, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2006.11.004 .
  • Bart, G.D.,E.P. Turtle, W.L. Jaeger, L.P. Keszthelyi, R. Greenberg. (2004)Ridges and Tidal Stress on Io.Icarus, 169, 111-126, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2004.01.003 .
  • Greenberg, R., G.V. Hoppa,G.D. Bart,T.A. Hurford. (2003)Tidal Stress Patterns on Europa’s Crust.Celestial Mechanics, 87, 171-188, doi: 10.1023/A:1026169424511.


Department of Physics

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: 208-885-6380

Fax: 208-885-4055


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