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Dr. Ali Bramson

Assistant Professor Dr. Ali Bramson
Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s):

Google Scholar , Geodata Science Initiative , Geology and Geophysics , Planetary Science , Personal Website


  • 2018  Ph.D., Planetary Sciences with Geosciences minor, University of Arizona
  • 2015  M.S., Planetary Sciences with Geosciences minor, University of Arizona
  • 2011  B.S., Physics and Astronomy-Physics with a Computer Science minor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

Dr. Bramson studies problems related to understanding the quantitative geomorphology of other planets, especially the physical processes related to ice and volatiles that affect the surfaces of solid bodies in our solar system. She tackles these problems using a combination of spacecraft remote sensing observations and theoretical modeling, supplemented by occasional field work at terrestrial analog sites and experimental studies. Her research on Martian mid-latitude ice is helping to shape the future of in situ resource utilization and human exploration of Mars.

Selected Honors

  • Named "Forward Under 40" awardee by the Wisconsin Alumni Association (2019)
  • Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award (2018)
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Career Development Award (2017)

Selected Publications - See Google Scholar for most current list of publications.

* = shared first-authorship
  1. Bramson, A. M. , S. Byrne, J. Bapst, I.B. Smith, and T. McClintock (2019), A Migration Model for the Polar Spiral Troughs of Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 124, 4, 1020-1043, doi:10.1029/2018JE005806.
  2. * Sori, M. M. and *A. M. Bramson (2019), Water on Mars, with a grain of salt: local heat anomalies are required for basal melting of ice at the south pole today. Geophysical Research Letters , 46, 3, 1222-1231, doi:10.1029/2018GL080985.
  3. Diniega, S., I.B. Smith, and A. M. Bramson (2019), Updates on understanding Mars’s recent and present-day climate. Eos , 100, doi:10.1029/2019EO114411.
  4. Sori, M. M., H. G. Sizemore, S. Byrne, A. M. Bramson , M. T. Bland, N. T. Stein, and C. T. Russell (2018), Cryovolcanic rates on Ceres revealed by topography. Nature Astronomy , 2, 946-950, doi:10.1038/s41550-018-0574-1.
  5. Hamilton, C. W., P. J. Mouginis-Mark, M. M. Sori, S. P. Scheidt, and A. M. Bramson (2018), Episodes of aqueous flooding and effusive volcanism associated with Hrad Vallis, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 123, 6, 1484–1510, doi:10.1029/2018JE005543.
  6. Elder, C. M., A. M. Bramson , L. W. Blum, H. T. Chilton, A. Chopra, C. Chu, A. Das, A. B. Davis, A. Delgado, J. Fulton, L. Jozwiak, A. Khayat, M. E. Landis, J. L. Molaro, M. Slipski, S. Valencia, J. Watkins, C. L. Young, C. J. Budney, and K. L. Mitchell (2018), OCEANUS: A high science return Uranus orbiter with a low-cost instrument suite. Acta Astronautica , 148, 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.04.019.
  7. Dundas, C. M. A. M. Bramson , L. Ojha, J. J. Wray, M. T. Mellon, S. Byrne, A. S. McEwen, N. E. Putzig, D. Viola, S. Sutton, E. Clark, and J. W. Holt (2018), Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes. Science , 359, 6372, 199-201, doi:10.1126/science.aao1619.
  8. Smith, I. B., S. Diniega, D. W. Beaty, T. Thorsteinsson, P. Becerra, A. M. Bramson , S. M. Clifford, C. S. Hvidberg, G. Portyakina, S. Piqueux, A. Spiga, and T. N. Titus (2018), Introduction to the Special Issue on Mars Polar Science and Exploration: Conference Summary and Five Top Questions. Icarus , 308, 2-14, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.06.027.
  9. Bramson, A. M. , S. Byrne, and J. Bapst (2017), Preservation of Mid-Latitude Ice Sheets on Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 112, 11, 2250–2266, doi:10.1002/2017JE005357.
    ( JGR Editor's Highlight )
  10. Sori, M. M., J. Bapst, A. M. Bramson, S. Byrne, and M. E. Landis (2017), A Wunda-full world? Carbon dioxide ice deposits on Umbriel and other Uranian moons. Icarus , 290, 1-13, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.02.029.
  11. Sori, M. M., S. Byrne, M. T. Bland, A. M. Bramson, A. I. Ermakov, C. W. Hamilton, K. A. Otto, O. Ruesch, and C. T. Russell (2017), The vanishing cryovolcanoes of Ceres. Geophysical Research Letters , 44, 3, 1243-1250, doi:10.1002/2016GL072319.
  12. Bramson, A. M. , S. Byrne, N. E. Putzig, S. Sutton, J. J. Plaut, T. C. Brothers, and J. W. Holt (2015), Widespread excess ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars. Geophysical Research Letters , 42, 16, 6566-6574, doi:10.1002/2015GL064844.

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