Marisa C. Palucis

Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

My research group investigates the evolution of landscapes and sedimentary deposits under a changing climate. Our work has implications for constraining the rates and histories of aqueous processes on paleo-landscapes and other planetary surfaces (like Mars!) and hazard prediction and mitigation during extreme events. The former is a prerequisite for understanding where and when life could have evolved within our solar system. My group integrates sedimentological, topographic, and climatic datasets from the field with physical experiments and modeling, as geologically significant flow events are often difficult and/or impossible to observe. This combination allows us to bridge from the particle- to landscape-scale, which is necessary to test hypotheses for landscape evolution and paleoenvironment. Active research areas include: 1) what was the timing and duration of water flow on Mars; 2) how do Arctic landscapes respond to climate change?; 3) what controls channel morphology and sediment transport rates in steep streams; and 4) how and where do debris flow initiate?

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

Selected Publications

Putnam A and Palucis MC, The Hydrogeomorphic History of Garu Crater: Implications and Constraints on the Timing of Large Late-Stage Lakes in the Gale Crater Region, JGR-Planets, in press.

Roseborough V, Horvath D, and Palucis MC, 2021, Was Gale Crater Connected to a Regionally Extensive Groundwater System?, Geophys. Res. Lett, 48(6), 10.1029/2020GL092107

Palucis MC, Ulizio T, and Lamb MP, 2020, Testing hypotheses for wildfire-induced debris flows in steep bedrock landscapes using field data from the San Gabriel Mountains, CA, GSA Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B35822.1 

Palucis MC, Garczynski B, Jasper J, and Dietrich WE, 2020, Quantitative assessment of uncertainties in crater retention ages on small surface areas, Icarus, 341,

Rivera-Hernandez F, Palucis MC, 2019, Do deltas along the crustal dichotomy boundary of Mars in the Gale Crater region record a northern ocean?, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2019GL083046.

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

Palucis MC, Ulizio T, Fuller B, and Lamb MP, 2018, 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, 2017, 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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