A. Deanne Rogers

Associate Professor 
Office: ESS 318     
E-mail: deanne.rogers "at" stonybrook.edu   

B. S., College of Charleston, 1998
M. S., Arizona State University, 2001
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2005
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2005-2007
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, 2007-current

Prof. Rogers' personal research webpage 

My research involves the use of remote sensing techniques and laboratory spectroscopy to investigate planetary surface processes. Two areas of current focus are described below. A detailed description of current and past research may be found here.

Martian Stratigraphy and Composition  
The ancient highlands of Mars exhibit a diverse suite of morphologic features and surface lithologies, and are host to numerous concentrations of water-related minerals such as phyllosilicates, sulfates and oxides. Through site-specific, integrated spectral and geologic mapping, I am working to develop a stratigraphic, compositional and geologic framework for interpreting the style and duration of environmental conditions in which these various minerals formed. This work will contribute to current understanding of the volcanic, aqueous and sedimentary history of the martian crust and surface.

Example from previous work (above): High resolution data from the Mars Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) and Mars Express Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité (OMEGA) instruments show compositional stratification in the upper crust of Mars. Layers of bedrock containing ~25% olivine (red) are exposed in the walls of the Ares Vallis outflow channel, as well as in nearby impact crater ejecta [Rogers et al., 2005].

Infrared spectral characterization of sedimentary rocks and their constituent phases  The objectives of this research are to 1) characterize the mid-infrared spectral properties of chemically precipitated phases and matrix materials in sedimentary rocks as a function of composition and particle/crystal size, and 2) understand the mid-infrared spectral mixing behavior of sedimentary rocks and their constituents. Because rocks of sedimentary origin likely comprise a significant fraction of the martian surface, it is important to understand the spectral properties of these potentially complex mixtures and whether quantitative mineralogic composition of sedimentary rocks may be determined from mid-infrared spectra. A combination of microspectroscopic and optical imaging techniques, macroscale reflectance and emission spectroscopy, and in-situ X-Ray and electron microprobe analyses are used to address these objectives.

Selected Publications

Rogers, A. D. and J. L. Bandfield, Mineralogical Characterization of Mars Science Laboratory Candidate Landing Sites from THEMIS and TES Data, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.04.020, 2009.

Rogers, A. D., O. Aharonson, and J. L. Bandfield, Geologic context of in situ rocky exposures in Mare Serpentis, Mars: Implications for crust and regolith evolution in the cratered highlands,Icarus, 200, 446-462, 2009.

Rogers, A. D. and O. Aharonson, Mineralogical composition of sands in Meridiani Planum determined from MER data and comparison to orbital measurements, J. Geophys. Res.--Planets, doi:10.1029/2007JE002995, 2008.

T. D. Glotch, and A. D. RogersEvidence for aqueous deposition of hematite and sulfate-rich light-toned layered deposits in Aureum and Iani Chaos, MarsJ. Geophys. Res., 112, E06001, doi:10.1029/2006JE002863, 2007.

Rogers, A. D., J. L. Bandfield, and P. R. Christensen, Global spectral classification of martian low-albedo regions with MGS-TES data, J. Geophys. Res.—Planets, 112, E02004, doi: 10.1029/2006JE002726, 2007.

Rogers, A. D., and P. R. Christensen, Surface mineralogy of martian low-albedo regions from MGS-TES data: Implications for crustal evolution and surface alteration, J. Geophys. Res.—Planets, 112, E01003, doi: 10.1029/2006JE002727, 2007.

Rogers, A. D., P. R. Christensen, and J. L. Bandfield, Compositional heterogeneity of the ancient martian crust: Surface analysis of Ares Vallis bedrock with THEMIS and TES data, J. Geophys. Res.—Planets, 110, doi:10.1029/2005JE002399, 2005.

Christensen, P. R., H. Y. McSween, Jr., J. L. Bandfield, S. W. Ruff, A. D. Rogers, V. E. Hamilton, N. Gorelick, M. B. Wyatt, B. M. Jakosky, H. H. Kieffer, M. C. Malin, and J. E. Moersch, Evidence for Igneous Diversity and Magmatic Evolution on Mars from Infrared Spectral Observations, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature03639, 2005.

Bandfield, J. L., D. Rogers, M. D. Smith, and P. R. Christensen, Atmospheric correction and surface spectral unit mapping techniques using Thermal Emission Imaging System data, J. Geophys. Res., 109, E10008, doi:10.1029/2004JE002289, 2004.

P. R. Christensen, M.B. Wyatt, T. D. Glotch, A. D. Rogers, R. E. Arvidson, J. L. Bandfield, D.L. Blaney, C. Budney, W. M. Calvin, R. L. Fergason, T.G. Graff, V.E. Hamilton, A. Hayes, J..R. Johnson, A.T. Knudson, H. Y. McSween, Jr., G. L. Mehall, L. K. Mehall, J.E. Moersch, R.V. Morris, M. D. Smith, S.W. Squyres, S. W. Ruff, and M.J. Wolff, Mineralogy at Meridiani Planum from the Mini-TES Experiment on the Opportunity Rover, Science, 306, 1733-1739, 2004.

Rogers, D. and P. R. Christensen, Age relationship of basaltic and andesitic surface compositions on Mars: Analysis of high-resolution TES observations of the northern hemisphere, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1029/2002JE001913, 2003.

News & Announcements

John Higgins will be delivering a lecture entitled "What does the chemistry of shallow-water carbonate sediments tell us about the history of the global carbon cycle, O2, and life?" on Thursday, 10/19/17 at 4:00pm in the Hanson Seminar Room (ESS 123)

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


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