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John Moores

Associate Professor




Dr. John Moores is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering. He is the Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and also serves as the Director of the Technologies for Exo-Planetary Science NSERC CREATE Program, which provides unique training opportunities for graduate students. He previously served as the Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies for the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.

Dr. Moores holds a PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science (2008) and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He has published 84 papers which have attracted over 7,000 citations (Google Scholar). His research straddles the divide between science and engineering to explore our solar system and the atmospheres of other planets. In this capacity he serves as the Director of the Technologies for Exo/Planetary Science NSERC CREATE Network and has held the York Research Chair in Space Exploration since 2019.

As the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Professor Moores oversaw research matters and the graduate programs at Lassonde.

Research Lab
Planetary Volatiles Laboratory
Location: PSE 242

Research Interests

  • Numerical Modeling of volatile processes on planetary bodies
  • Laboratory Simulation of planetary bodies
  • Space Mission Operations, Experiment Design & Data Analysis
  • Planetary instrument design and development & Space Mission Design
  • Planetary Science, Space Exploration & instrumentation
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Exoplanets
  • Geophysics

Selected Publications

  • Moores, J.E., P.L. King, C.L. Smith, G.M. Martinez, C. E. Newman, S. Guzewich, P.-Y. Meslin, C.R. Webster, P.R. Mahaffy, S.K. Atreya and A.C. Schuerger (2019c) The methane diurnal variation and micro-seepage flux at Gale Crater, Mars as constrained by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Curiosity Observations. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46 (16) pp. 9430-9438. Doi: 10.1029/2019GL083800
  • Smith, C.L., J.E. Moores, S.D. Guzewich, C.A. Moore and D. Ellison (2019) Visibility and Line-of-sight extinction measurements within gale crater during the 2018/Mars Year 34 Global Dust Storm by Curiosity. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46 (16) pp. 9414-9421 doi: 10.1029/2019GL083788
  • Campbell, C., Kling, A., Guzewich, S., Smith, C.L., Kloos, J., Lemmon, M., Moore, C.A., Cooper, B.A., Haberle, R., Moores, J.E. (2019) Estimating the Altitudes of Martian Water-Ice Clouds Above the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Landing Site. Planetary and Space Science. v182 nº 104785 10.1016/j.pss.2019.104785
  • Godin, P.J., Stone, H., Bahrami, R., Schuerger, A.C. and Moores, J.E. (2019) UV Attenuation by Martian Brines. Canadian Journal of Physics. Accepted for Publication. Doi: 10.1139/cjp-2019-0425
  • Moores, J.E., R.V. Gough, G.M. Martinez, P.-Y. Meslin, C.L. Smith, S.K. Atreya, P. R. Mahaffy and C.R. Webster (2019) Methane Seasonal Cycle at Gale Crater, Mars consistent with regolith adsorption and diffusion. Nature Geoscience. 12(5) pp.321-325.
  • Kloos, J.L., Moores, J.E., Sangha, J., Nguyen, T.G. and Schorghofer, N. (2019) The temporal and geographic extent of seasonal cold trapping on the Moon. J. Geophys. Res. Planets 124 (7) pp.1935-1944 doi: 10.1029/2019JE006003
  • Cooper, B.A., C.L. Smith, D. Ellison, J.E. Moores, J.L. Kloos, S.D. Guzewich, C.L. Campbell (2019) Constraints on Mars Aphelion Cloud Belt Phase Function and Ice Crystal Geometries. Planetary and Space Science v.168 p 62-72 doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2019.01.005
  • Schuerger, A.C., Moores, J.E., Smith, D.J. and Reitz, G. (2019) A Lunar Microbial Survival (LMS) Model for Predicting the Forward Contamination of the Moon. Astrobiology. 19 (6) pp. 730-756. doi: 10.1089/ast.2018.1952
  • C. R. Webster, P. R. Mahaffy, S. K. Atreya, J. E. Moores and 40 co-authors, including C.L. Smith (2018) Background Levels of Methane in Mars’ Atmosphere Show Strong Seasonal Variations. Science. 360 (6393) 1093-1096 doi: 10.1126/science.aaq0131
  • Moores, J.E., Smith, C.L., Toigo, A. and Guzewich, S. (2017) Penitentes as the origin of the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa on Pluto. Nature. 541 p. 188-190 Doi: 10.1038/nature20779.Moores, J.E., Smith, C.L., Toigo, A. and Guzewich, S. (2017) Penitentes as the origin of the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa on Pluto. Nature. 541 p. 188-190 Doi: 10.1038/nature20779.
  • Smith, C.L., B.A. Cooper and J.E. Moores (2016) Possible ground fog detection from SLI imagery of Titan. Icarus. In Press. Doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.002.
  • Moores, J.E. (2016a) Lunar water migration in the interval between large impacts: Heterogeneous delivery to Permanently Shadowed Regions, fractionation, and diffusive barriers. In Press. J. Geophys Res. Planets. 121 (1) p. 46- Doi: 10.1002/2015JE004929
  • Moores, J.E. and 14 co-authors including C.A. Moore (2016b) Transient Atmospheric Effects of the Landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover: The Emission and Dissipation of Dust and Carbazic Acid. Advances in Space Research. 58 pp. 1066-1092 Doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.05.051
  • Kloos, J.L, Moores, J.E. et al. (2016) The First Year of Atmospheric Monitoring Movies from Mars Science Laboratory (Sol 0-800). Advances in Space Research. 57 (5) pp. 1223 – 1240, doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2015.12.040
  • Moores, J.E. and 25 co-authors including R. Francis and E. McCullough (2015c) Atmospheric movies acquired at the Mars Science Laboratory landing site: Cloud Morphology, Frequency and Significance to the Gale Crater Water Cycle and Phoenix Mission Results. Advances in Space Research. 55 (9) pp 2217-2238 Doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2015.02.007
  • Moores, J.E. and 25 co-authors including R. Francis and E. McCullough (2015a) Observational evidence of a suppressed planetary boundary layer in northern Gale Crater, Mars as seen by the Navcam instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover. Icarus v. 249 pp.129-142 Doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.09.020
  • Webster, C.R. and 29 co-authors including J.E. Moores (2015) Mars methane detection and variability at Gale crater. Science. 347 (6220) pp. 415-417 doi: 10.1126/science.1261713
  • Moores, J.E., K.A. Carroll, I. DeSouza, K. Sathiyanathan, B. Stoute, J. Shan, R.S. Lee and B. Quine (2014b) The Small Reconnaissance of Atmospheres (SMARA) Mission Platform Concept, Part I: Motivations and Outline for a Swarm of Scientific Microprobes to the Clouds of Jupiter in 2030. Int. J. of Space Science and Engineering. v 2 (4) pp. 327-344 doi: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2014.06696
  • Moores, J.E., T.H. Mcconnochie, D.W. Ming, P.D. Archer, Jr. and A.C. Schuerger (2014a) The Siding Spring Cometary Encounter with Mars: A Natural Experiment for the Martian Atmosphere? Geophysical Research Letters 41 (12) 4109-4117 doi: 10.1002/2014GL060610
  • Meslin, P.-Y. and 47 co-authors including J.E. Moores (2013) Soil diversity and hydration as observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars. Science 341 (6153) doi: 10.1126/science.1238670
  • Moores, J.E., R. Francis, M. Mader, G.R. Osinski and the ILSR Team (2012b) A Mission Control Architecture for Lunar Sample Return as Field Tested in an Analogue Deployment to the Sudbury Impact Structure. Advances in Space Research. 50 (12) p.1666-1686 doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2012.05.008
  • Moores, J.E. and A.C. Schuerger (2012c) UV degradation of accreted organics on Mars: IDP longevity, surface reservoir of organics, and relevance to the detection of methane in the atmosphere. JGR-Planets. 117 (E8) CiteID E08008 doi: 10.1029/2012JE004060
  • Moores, J.E., L. Komguem, J.A. Whiteway, M.T. Lemmon, C. Dickinson and F. Daerden (2011b) Observations of Near-Surface Fog at the Phoenix Mars Landing Site. Geophys. Res. Lett. 38(4) L04203 doi: 10.1029/2010GL046315.
  • Whiteway, J., Komguem, L., Dickinson, C., Cook,, C., Seabrook, J., Popovici, V., Duck, T., Davy, R., Taylor, P., Pathak, J., Fisher, D., Carswell, A., Daly, M., Hipkin, V., Tamppari, L., Renno, N., Smith, P.H. Moores, J. and Lemmon, M.T. (2009) Mars Water Ice Clouds and Precipitation. Science vol 325, Issue 5936 pp. 68- doi: 10.1126/science.1172344.
  • Tomasko, M.G., Smith, P.H. , Moores, J.E. and 37 co-authors (2005) Rain, winds and haze during the Huygens probe’s descent to Titan’s surface. Nature vol 438 n°7069 pp 765-778.