Lynn Neakrase

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Dr. Neakrase’s research has involved different aspects of the martian atmosphere, specifically the movement of sand and dust on the surface of Mars. His work has involved martian seasonal polar processes, dust devil dynamics on Earth and Mars, and other types of aeolian geomorphologic processes including dune formation and migration and wind streak mapping. Ph.D. work involved experiment design with the Arizona State University Vortex Generator, Arizona State University Planetary Wind Tunnel and Planetary Aeolian Laboratory (NASA Ames) Wind Tunnel. Current research interests are martian and terrestrial dust devils, venusian dunes, and planetary aeolian sediment transport. Dr. Neakrase served as a member of the imaging team for the Mars Polar Lander in 1999, and a science team member for the extended Mars Exploration Rovers (predominately Spirit) mission in 2004-2008.

Currently Dr. Neakrase works with derived data providers with data archive preparation for the NASA Planetary Data System Atmosphere’s Node (ATM) at NMSU, where he helps to design, review, ingest, and host science data with the PDS. He has been involved with the design and roll-out of the PDS’s latest archiving standard, PDS4. Dr. Neakrase leads software design for the Educational Labeling System at Atmospheres (ELSA) web tool to aid data providers in creating labels for PDS4 archive bundles including supervising undergraduate research assistants.  

Selected recent publications:


2017, Neakrase, L.D.V., M. Klose, T.N. Titus, Terrestrial subaqueous seafloor dunes: Possible analogs for Venus, Aeolian Research, 26, 47-56, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2017.03.002.

2017, Reiss, D., R. Lorenz, M. Balme, L. Neakrase, A.P. Rossi, A. Spiga, J. Zarnecki (editors), Dust Devils, Space Sciences Series of ISSI, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

2016, M. Klose, B.C. Jemmet-Smith, H. Kahanpää, M. Kahre, P. Knippertz, M.T. Lemmon, S.R. Lewis, R.D. Lorenz, L.D.V. Neakrase, C. Newman, M.R. Patel, D. Reiss, A. Spiga, P.L. Whelley, Dust Devil Sediment Transport: From Lab to Field to Global Impact, Space Science Reviews, 203(1-4), 377-426, doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0261-4.

2016, Lorenz, R.D., L.D.V. Neakrase, J.P. Anderson, R.G. Harrison, K.A. Nicoll, Point discharge current measurements beneath dust devils, J. Atmos. Solar-Terrest. Phys., 150-151, 55-60, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2016.10.017.

2016, Murphy, J., K. Steakley, M. Balme, G. Deprez, F. Esposito, H. Kahanpää, M. Lemmon, R. Lorenz, N. Murdoch, L. Neakrase, M. Patel, P. Whelley, Field Measurements of Terrestrial and Martian Dust Devils, Space Science Reviews, 203(1-4), 39-87 doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0283-y.

2016, L.D.V. Neakrase, M.R. Balme, F. Esposito, T. Kelling, M. Klose, J. Kok, B. Marticorena, J. Merrison, M. Patel, and G. Wurm, Particle Lifting Processes in Dust Devils, Space Science Reviews, 203(1-4), 347-376, doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0296-6.

2016, Reiss, D., L. Fenton, L. Neakrase, M. Zimmerman, T. Statella, P. Whelley, A. Pio Rossi, M. Balme, Dust Devil Tracks, Space Science Reviews, 203(1-4), 143-181, doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0308-6.

2016, Reiss, D., R.D. Lorenz, M. Balme, L.D. Neakrase, A.P. Rossi, A. Spiga, J. Zarnecki, Editorial: Topical Volume on Dust Devils, Space Science Reviews, 203(1-4), 1-4, 10.1007/s11214-016-0314-8.

2015, Lorenz, R.D., L.D.V. Neakrase, and J.D. Anderson, In-situ measurement of dust devil activity at La Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico, USA, Aeolian Research, in press, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2015.01.0012.

2012, Fenton, L.K., R.K. Hayward, B.H.N. Horgan, D.M. Rubin, T.N. Titus, M.A. Bishop, D.M. Burr, M. Chojnacki, C.L. Dinwiddie, L. Kerber, A. Le Gall, T.I. Michaels, L.D.V. Neakrase, C.E. Newman, D. Tirsch, H. Yishaq, and J.R. Zimbleman, Summary of the Third International Planetary Dunes Workshop: Remote Sensing and Image Analysis of Planetary Dunes, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, June 12-15, 2012.

2010, Neakrase, L.D.V. and R. Greeley, Dust devil sediment flux on Earth and Mars: Laboratory simulations, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.08.028.

2010, Neakrase, L.D.V. and R. Greeley, Dust devils in the laboratory: the effect of surface roughness on vortex dynamics, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E05003, doi:10.1029/2009JE003465.

2010, Greeley, R., D.A. Waller, N.A. Cabrol, G.A. Landis, M.T. Lemmon, L.D.V. Neakrase, M. Pendleton-Hoffer, S.D. Thompson, P.L. Whelley, Gusev Crater, Mars: Observations of three dust devil seasons, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E00F02, doi:10.1029/2010JE003608.

2008, Yingst, R.A., L. Crumpler, W.H. Farrand, R. Li, N.A. Cabrol, L.D. Neakrase, Morphology and texture of particles along the Spirit rover traverse from sol 450 to sol 745, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E12S41, doi:10.1029/2008JE003179.

2006, Neakrase, L.D.V., R. Greeley, J.D. Iversen, M.R. Balme, and E.E.Eddlemon, Dust flux within dust devils: Preliminary laboratory results, Geophys. Res. Lett. 33, L19S09, doi:10.1029/2006GL026810.

2004, Greeley R., P. L. Whelley, L.D.V. Neakrase, Martian dust devils: Directions of movement inferred from their tracks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L24702, doi:10.1029/2004GL021599.