Astrogeology Science Center

Education

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • August 2000 - May 2006; Doctor of Philosophy (Planetary Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology minor)
  • Dissertation Advisor: David A. Kring
  • GPA: 3.78/4.00

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

  • August 1995 - May 1998; Bachelor of Science (Biology), with honors
  • GPA: 3.62/4.00

Research

  • Chemical and climatic effects of impact cratering, particularly the Late Heavy Bombardment, on early Mars
  • Thermal effects of the Late Heavy Bombardment (with emphasis on habitability) on Earth and Moon
  • Analysis of heat emission from Enceladus' south polar fractures, using Cassini CIRS data and computer modeling
  • Data analysis from the New Horizons Jupiter fly-by
  • Modeling of hypothetical thermal features on Europa
  • Modeling of impact-generated hydrothermal systems
  • Identification of hydrothermal features in martian impact craters
  • Chesapeake Bay crater drilling
  • Interpolation of Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data 

Honors

Memberships & Awards

Missions

Bibliography

Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Abramov, O., S.M. Wong, and D.A. Kring, Differential Melt Scaling for Oblique Impacts on the Earth, Moon, and Mars, Meteor. Planet. Sci., submitted, 2011.
  • Schwenzer, S.P., O. Abramov, C.C. Allen, S. Clifford, J. Filiberto, D.A. Kring, J. Lasue, P.J. McGovern, H. E. Newsom, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, R. C. Wiens, A. Wittmann, A Case Study of Gale Crater: Developing an Exploration Strategy for Targeting Noachian Impact Craters to Study Impact Processes and Potential Habitats for Life, Icarus, in revisions, 2011.
  • Abramov, O. and S.J. Mojzsis, Abodes for life in carbonaceous asteroids?, Icarus, 213, 273-279, 2011.
  • Fairen, A. G., V. Chevrier, O. Abramov, G. A. Marzo, P. Gavin, A. F. Davila, L. L. Tornabene, J. L. Bishop, T. L. Roush, C. Gross, T. Kneissl, E. R. Uceda, J. M. Dohm, D. Schulze -Makuch, J. A. P. Rodriguez, R. Amils and C. P. McKay, Noachian and more recent phyllosilicates in impact craters on Mars, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 107, 12095-12100, 2010.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J. Mojzsis, Microbial habitability of the Hadean Earth during the late heavy bombardment, Nature, 459, 419-422, 2009.
  • Abramov, O. and J.R. Spencer, Endogenic heat from Enceladus' south polar fractures: New observations, and models of conductive surface heating, Icarus, 199, 189-196, 2009.
  • Abramov, O. and J.R. Spencer, Numerical modeling of endogenic thermal anomalies on Europa, Icarus, 195, 378-385, 2008.
  • Spencer, J.R., S.A. Stern, A.F. Cheng, H.A. Weaver, D.C. Reuter, K. Retherford, A. Lunsford, J.M. Moore, O. Abramov, R.M.C. Lopes, J.E. Perry, L. Kamp, M. Showalter, K.L. Jessup, F. Marchis, P.M. Schenk, and C. Dumas, Io Volcanism Seen by New Horizons: A Major Eruption of the Tvashtar Volcano, Science, 318, 240-243, 2007.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Numerical modeling of impact-induced hydrothermal activity at the Chicxulub crater, Meteor. Planet. Sci., 42, 93-112, 2007.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Impact-induced hydrothermal activity on early Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 110, E12S09, doi:10.1029/2005JE002453, 2005.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Numerical modeling of an impact-induced hydrothermal system at the Sudbury crater, J. Geophys. Res., 109, E10007, doi:10.1029/2003JE002213, 2004.
  • Abramov, O., and A.S. McEwen, An evaluation of interpolation methods for MOLA data, Int. J. Rem. Sens., 25(3), 669-676, 2004.
  • Conference Abstracts

  • Abramov, O., D. A. Kring, and S. J. Mojzsis, Modeling of impact-induced age resetting and partial Pb-loss in zircon grains, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXXII, abstract 2674, 2011.
  • Schwenzer, S.P., and O. Abramov, Impact-generated hydrothermal systems on Noachian Mars: Clays, carbonates and more, 2010 AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract P44B-03, San Francisco, CA., 13-17 Dec, 2010.
  • Schwenzer, S.P., O. Abramov, C.C. Allen, S. Clifford, J. Filiberto, D.A. Kring, J. Lasue, P.J. McGovern, H.E. Newsom, A.H. Treiman, D.T. Vaniman, R.C. Wiens, A. Wittmann, Exploring Martian Impact Craters: Why They are Important for the Search for Life, AbSciCon 2010, abstract 5527, 2010.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Thermal, Physical, and Biological Effects of Impact Bombardments on Noachian Mars, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXXI, abstract 2402, 2010.
  • Abramov, O. and S.J. Mojzsis, Simulations of Diffusive Pb-, Ti- and REE-loss in Terrestrial and Lunar Zircon and Apatite as a Function of Impact Heating During Impact Bombardments, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V13C-2040, 2009.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Thermal effects of impacts on the Hadean Earth, Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts, A5, 2009.
  • Abramov, O., Modeling hydrothermal activity associated with martian impact craters: an overview, Workshop on Modeling Martian Hydrous Environments, abstract 4029, 2009.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Microbial habitability of the Hadean Earth during the Late Heavy Bombardment, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXX, abstract 2379, 2009.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J. Mojzsis, Thermal State of the Lithosphere During Late Heavy Bombardment: Implications for Early Life, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V11E-08, 2008.
  • Mojzsis, S.J., O. Abramov, T.M. Harrison, D.A. Kring, H.F. Levison, D. Trail, and E.B. Watson, Exploring for early bombardments on Earth from pre-3.85 Fa thermal effects recorded in Hadean zircons - a status report, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V11E-07, 2008.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Thermal State of the Terrestrial Lithosphere During the Late Heavy Bombardment: Implications for Habitability, Early Solar System Impact Bombardment, abstract 3019, 2008.
  • Mojzsis S.J., O. Abramov, T.M. Harrison, D.A. Kring, H.F. Levison, D. Trail, and E.B. Watson, Exploring for Early Bombardments on Earth from Pre-3.83 Ga Thermal Effects Recorded in Hadean Zircons - A Status Report, Early Solar System Impact Bombardment, abstract 3025, 2008.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Thermal state of the lithosphere during Late Heavy Bombardment, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 72(12), A2, 2008.
  • Abramov, O., and S.J Mojzsis, Thermal Modeling of the Terrestrial Lithosphere During the Late Heavy Bombardment, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXIX, abstract 1036, 2008.
  • Spencer, J.R., S.A. Stern, K. Retherford, O. Abramov, D. Reuter, A. Cheng, H.A. Weaver, A. Lunsford, J. Moore, J. Perry, R.M. Lopes, L. Kamp, and New Horizons Science Team, New Horizons Observes Io's Volcanic Activity, DPS meeting #39, Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 39, p. 437, 2007.
  • Spencer, J.R., S.A. Stern, J. Moore, R.M.C. Lopes, K. Retherford, O. Abramov, M. Showalter, A.F. Cheng, H.A. Weaver, D.C. Reuter, A. Lunsford, C. Olkin, H. Throop, and K.L. Jessup, New Horizons Observations of Io's Volcanism, Workshop on Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Satellites of the Outer Solar System, abstact 6030, LPI Contribution No. 1357, p.134-135, 2007.
  • Abramov, O., and J.R. Spencer, South Polar Thermal Anomaly on Enceladus: Modeling and Observations, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXVIII, abstract 2343, 2007.
  • Abramov, O., and J.R. Spencer, Numerical Modeling of Endogenic Thermal Anomalies on Europa, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P23E-0101, 2006.
  • Spencer, J.R., J.C. Pearl, M. Segura, O. Abramov, and C.C. Team, Heat Flow From the South Pole of Enceladus: Spatial Distribution and Power Supply, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P22B-05, 2006.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Numerical modeling of impact-induced hydrothermal activity at the Chicxulub crater, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXVII, abstract 2102, 2006.
  • Abramov, O., and D. A. Kring, Impact-induced hydrothermal activity at central-peak and peak-ring craters on early Mars, Workshop on the Role of Volatiles and Atmospheres on Martian Impact Craters, Laurel, Maryland, abstract 3028, 2005.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Impact-induced hydrothermal activity on early Mars, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXVI, abstract 1048, 2005.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Numerical modeling of impact-induced hydrothermal activity on early Mars, 2nd Conf Early Mars, abstract 8062, 2004.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Impact-generated hydrothermal activity at Gusev crater: Implications for the Spirit mission, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXV, abstract 1976, 2004.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Impact-induced hydrothermal system at the Sudbury crater: Duration, temperatures, mechanics, and biological implications, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXV, abstract 1697, 2004.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Numerical modeling of the impact-induced hydrothermal system at Sudbury crater, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P52A-0477, 2003.
  • Abramov, O., and D.A. Kring, Finite-difference modeling of impact-induced hydrothermal systems, Lunar Planet. Sci. XXXIV, abstract 1846, 2003.
  • Abramov, O., Richardson, J., and A.S. McEwen, Altimetry-based analysis of valley systems on Mars, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P51B-0361, 2002.
  • Abramov, O., and A.S. McEwen, An evaluation of interpolation methods for MOLA data, Eos Trans. AGU, 82(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P42A-0567, 2001.