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Dr. Nicholas Heavens

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Heavens received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2005. He then attended the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), from which he received a M.S. degree in Planetary Science in 2007 and a Ph.D. degree in Planetary Science in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associated in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He recently was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Hampton University.

Research Interests: I am interested in the impact clouds and aerosols have on the atmospheric dynamics, climate system, and applicable geological archives of planets in our Solar System. Specific interests include dust and water cycling on Mars; Martian gravity waves; the effects of dust cycling, wildfires, and volcanic aerosols on late Paleozoic Earth climate, and long-range sand transport in the Earth's atmosphere.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF File)

Publications:

  • N.G. Heavens, Shields. C.A., and Mahowald, N.M., 2012, Sensitivity of a Deep Time Climate Simulation to Aerosol Prescription, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, in press,doi:10.1029/2012MS000166.
  • P. Hayne, Paige, D.A., Schofield, J.T., Kass, D.M., Kleinböhl, A., Heavens, N.G., and McCleese, D.J., 2012, Carbon dioxide snow clouds on Mars: south polar winter observations by the Mars Climate Sounder, J. Geophys. Res., 117, E08014, doi:10.1029/2011JE004040. 
  • N.G. Heavens, Richardson, M.I., Kleinböhl, A., Kass, D.M., McCleese, D.J., Abdou, W.A., Benson, J.L, Schofield, J.T., Shirley, J.H., and Wolkenberg, P.M., 2011c, The vertical distribution of dust in the martian atmosphere during northern spring and summer: Observationsby the Mars Climate Sounder and analysis of zonal average vertical dust profiles, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E04003,doi: 10.1029/2010JE003691.
  • N.G. Heavens, McCleese, D.J., Richardson M.I., Kass, D.M., Kleinböhl, A., and Schofield, J.T., 2011b, The Structure and Dynamics of the Martian Lower and Middle Atmosphere as Observed by the Mars Climate Sounder: 2. Implications of the Zonal Average Thermal Structure and Aerosol Distributions for the Mean Meridional Circulation, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E01010, doi: 10.1029/2010JE003713.
  • N.G. Heavens, Richardson, M.I., Kleinböhl, A., Kass, D.M., McCleese, D.J., Abdou, W.A., Benson, J.L, Schofield, J.T., Shirley, J.H., and Wolkenberg, P.M., 2011a, Vertical distribution of dust in the martian atmosphere during northern spring and summer: High altitude tropical dust maximum at northern summer solstice, J. Geophys. Res, 116,E01007, doi: 10.1029/2010JE003692.