Marisa C. Palucis

Assistant Professor

My research seeks to understand the mechanistic processes and hydrologic conditions required to create surface features like river channels, alluvial fans, and deltas, and understand how these landscapes and the processes that build them evolve under changing climates. This has implications for hazard prediction and mitigation during extreme events and constraining the rates and histories of aqueous processes on paleo-landscapes and other planetary surfaces (like Mars). The latter is a prerequisite for understanding where and when life could have evolved within our solar system. I approach this work from the perspective of a geoscientist, integrating topographic, sedimentologic and hydrologic datasets from the field with physical experiments (as geologically significant flow events are often difficult and/or impossible to observe). The unifying theme of my work is to combine geomorphic/geologic processes and hydrologic/climatic science: this combination is specifically necessary to understand past climates (on Earth or other planets) because the data is recorded in the geologic record and its surface expression, and the physical processes of interest are climatic in nature.

Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
203 Fairchild Hall
HB 6105
Earth Sciences
B.S. University of South Carolina, Columbia
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

Palucis MC, Ulizio T, Fuller B, and Lamb MP, Intense granular sheet flow in steep river experiments, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2018GL077526.

Palucis MC, Ulizio T, Fuller B, and Lamb MP, Flow resistance, sediment transport, and bedform development in a steep gravel-bedded river flume, Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.08.003.

Palucis MC and Lamb MP, 2017, What controls channel form in steep mountain streams?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL074198.

Prancevic J, Lamb MP, Palucis MC, and Venditti J, The role of three-dimensional boundary stresses in limiting the initiation and size of experimental landslides, JGR – Earth Surface, doi: 1002/2017JF004410.

Dietrich, WE, Palucis MC, Williams RME, Lewis KW, Rivera-Hernandez F, and Sumner DY, 2017, Fluvial gravels on Mars: Analysis and implications, Gravel-bed rivers: Process and disasters, p. 467.

Palucis, MC, Hayes AG, Williams RME, Sumner D, Mangold N, Horton N, Parker T, Lewis K, and Dietrich WE (2016), Sequence and relative timing of large lakes in Gale Crater (Mars) after the formation of Mt. Sharp, JGR – Planets, doi: 10.1002/2015JE004905.

Kaitna R, Palucis MC, Yohannes B, Hill KM, and Dietrich WE (2016), Effects of coarse grain size distribution and fine particle content on pore fluid pressure and shear behavior in experimental debris flows, JGR – Earth Surface, 121(2), 415-441, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003725.

Palucis MC, Dietrich WE, Hayes AG, Williams RME, Sumner D, Mangold N, Horton N, Gupta S, Calef F, and Hardgrove C (2014) Origin and Evolution of the Peace Vallis fan system that drains to the Curiosity landing site, J. Geophys. Res., Planets, 119(4), 705-728, doi: 10.1002/2013JE004583.

Williams RME, Grotzinger JP, Dietrich WE, Gupta S, Sumner DY, Wiens RC, Mangold N, Malin MC, Edgett KS, Maurice S, Forni O, Gasnault O, Ollila A, Newsom HE, Dromart G, Palucis MC, Yingst RA, Anderson RB, Herkenhoff KE, Le Mouélic S, Goetz W, Madsen MB, Koefoed A, Jensen JK, Bridges JC, Schwenzer SP, Lewis KB, Stack KM, Rubin D, Kah LC, Bell JF, Farmer JD, Sullivan R, Van Beek T, Blaney DL, Pariser O, and Deen RG (2013), Martian fluvial conglomerates at Gale crater, Science, Vol 340, 1068-1072, doi: 10.1126/science.1237317.

Yingst RA, Kah LC, Palucis MC, Williams RME, Garvin J, Bridges JC, Bridges N, Farmer J, Gasnault O, Goetz W, Hamilton VE, Hipkin V, Jensen JK, King PL, Koefoed A, Le Mouélic S, Madsen MB, Martinez Frias J, Maurice S, McCartney EM, Newsom H, Pariser O, Wiens RC (2013) Characteristics of pebble and cobble-sized clasts along the Curiosity rover traverse from Bradbury Landing to Rocknest, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 118(11), 2361-2380, doi: 10.1002/2013JE004435.

Grotzinger, JP, Sumner DY, Kah LC, Stack K, Gupta S, Edgar L, Rubin D, Lewis K, Schieber J, Mangold N, Milliken R, Conrad PG, DesMarais D, Farmer J, Siebach K, Calef III F, Hurowitz J, McLennan SM, Ming D, Vaniman D, Crisp J, Vasavada A, Edgett KS, Malin M, Blake D, Gellert R, Mahaffy P, Wiens RC, Maurice S, Grant JA, Wilson S, Anderson RC, Beegle L, Arvidson R, Hallet B, Sletten RS, Rice M, Bell III J, Griffes J, Ehlmann B, Anderson RB, Bristow TF, Dietrich WE, Dromart G, Eigenbrode J, Fraeman A, Hardgrove C, Herkenhoff K, Jandura L, Kocurek G, Lee S, Leshin LA, Leveille R, Limonadi D, Maki J, McCloskey S, Meyer M, Minitti M, Newsom HE, Oehler D, Okon D, Palucis MC, Parker T, Rowland S, Schmidt M, Squyres S, Steele A, Stolper E, Summons R, Treiman A, Williams R, Yingst A, and MSL Science Team, (2014) A habitable fluvio-lacustrine environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars, Science, 343(6169), 1242777, doi:10.1126/science.1242777.

Grotzinger JP, Gupta S, Rubin DM, Schieber J, Sumner D, Stack KM, Vasavada AR, Arvidson RE, Calef F, Edgar L, Fischer W, Grant JA, Kah LC, Lamb MP, Lewis KW, Mangold N, Minitti M, Palucis MC, Rice M, Siebach K, Williams RME, Yingst RA, Blake D, Blaney D, Conrad P, Crisp J, Dietrich WE, Dromart G, Edgett KS, Ewing RC, Gellert R, Griffes J, Hurowitz JA, Kocurek G, Mahaffy P, Malin MC, McBride M, McLennan SM, Mischna M, Ming D, Milliken R, Newsom H, Oehler D, Parker TJ, Vaniman D, Wiens R, and Wilson S (2015), Deposition, Exhumation, and Paleoclimate of an Ancient Lake Deposit, Gale Crater, Mars, Science, 350(6257), 1-12, doi: 10.1126/science.aac7575.

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