Craig Hardgrove, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist @ Arizona State University

Research Advisor: Dr. Jim Bell (Arizona State University)
Previous Research Advisors: Dr. Deanne Rogers (Stony Brook University)
                                               Dr. Jeff Moersch (University of Tennessee)
Other Stuff:  Podcasting

Research Interests

Next Generation Neutron and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Small Satellites and Planetary Rovers

  • PI of NASA Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) Proposal: Title: Next Generation Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Planetary Spacecraft - Using new detector materials to develop new instrumentation for small spacecraft (CubeSats) to scout for water and other elements in the solar system.
  • Collaborator on MSL Curiosity Rover: Analysis of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) data from Curiosity for estimation of high neutron absorption cross section element abundances (Cl, Fe) in order to reconstruct the near-surface distribution of volatile elements on Mars.

  • Planetary Surface Processes using Imaging & Spectroscopy
  • Co-Investigator on Mars 2020 Rover Mastcam-Z: Downlink Operations Lead and Science Operations Center data analyst.
  • Visible, thermal and raman spectroscopy for characterization of water-related processes, grain-sorting, and mineral cements on Earth and Mars.
  • Using Mastcam multispectral data from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity's to characterize ancient habitable environments on Mars.

    Rover Autonomy using Machine Learning
  • Infrared and visible data can be combined with machine learning algorithms to develop autonomous rover capabilities. Specifically, computational algorithms can be combined with rover engineering to result in highly capable rovers that can both travel long distances and autonomously acquire data on targets of high priority along the way.

  • Curriculum Vitae
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  • Education and Appointments

  • 2013- Mars 2020 Rover Science Team Member. Co-Investigator: Mastcam-Z
  • 2013- Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Arizona State University. Supervisor: Dr. Jim Bell
  • 2012- Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Science Team Member. Collaborator: Mastcam and DAN (Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons)
  • 2012-2013 Assistant Staff Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems.
  • 2011-2012 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Stony Brook University. Supervisor: Dr. Deanne Rogers and Dr. Tim Glotch
  • 2005-2011 Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Earth and Planetary Sciences. Advisor: Dr. Jeff Moersch
  • 1999-2004 B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Physics


  • 2015- : NASA PICASSO (Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations), Next Generation Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Planetary Spacecraft (PI: Craig Hardgrove)
  • 2014- : NASA Mars 2020 Rover Investigation (Co-Investigator), analysis of multispectral images and downlink lead (PI: Jim Bell)
  • 2013-2016: Arizona State University NewSpace Initative (Postdoctoral Research Scientist), partnering academia with commercial space (PI: Jim Bell)
  • 2011-2013: NASA Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist (Collaborator), analysis of DAN data for high Cl, Fe materials, (PI: Jeff Moersch)

  • Publications

    • Thermal Emission Spectroscopy of Microcrystalline Sediment Phases: Effects of Natural Surface Roughness on Spectral Feature Shape, Craig Hardgrove, A. Deanne Rogers, Tim Glotch, and J. A. Arnold, in prep, (2015).
    • Transient Liquid Water and Water Activity at Gale Crater on Mars, F. Javier Martin-Torres, Maria-Paz Zorzano, Patricia Valentin-Serrano, Ari-Matti Harri, Maria Genzer, Osku Kemppinen, Edgard G. Rivera-Valentin, Insoo Jun, James Wray, Morten Bo Madsen, Walter Goetz, Alfred S. McEwen, Craig Hardgrove, Nilton Renno, Vincent F. Chevrier, Michael Mischna, Rafael Navarro-Gonzalez, Jesus Martinez-Frias, Pamela Conrad, Tim McConnochie, Charles Cockell, Gilles Berger, Ashwin R. Vasavada, Dawn Sumner and David Vaniman, Nature - Geoscience, Vol. 8, 357-361 doi:10.1038/ngeo2412 (2015)
    • A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars, J. P. Grotzinger, D. Y. Sumner, L. C. Kah, K. Stack, S. Gupta, L. Edgar, D. Rubin, K. Lewis, J. Schieber, N. Mangold, R. Milliken, P. G. Conrad, D. DesMarais, J. Farmer, K. Siebach, F. Calef III, J. Hurowitz, S. M. McLennan, D. Ming, D. Vaniman, J. Crisp, A. Vasavada, K. S. Edgett, M. Malin, D. Blake, R. Gellert, P. Mahaffy, R. C. Wiens, S. Maurice, J. A. Grant, S. Wilson, R. C. Anderson, L. Beegle, R. Arvidson, B. Hallet, R. S. Sletten, M. Rice, J. Bell III, J. Griffes, B. Ehlmann, R. B. Anderson, T. F. Bristow, W. E. Dietrich, G. Dromart, J. Eigenbrode, A. Fraeman, C. Hardgrove, K. Herkenhoff, L. Jandura, G. Kocurek, S. Lee, L. A. Leshin, R. Leveille, D. Limonadi, J. Maki, S. McCloskey, M. Meyer, M. Minitti, H. Newsom, D. Oehler, A. Okon, M. Palucis, T. Parker, S. Rowland, M. Schmidt, S. Squyres, A. Steele, E. Stolper, R. Summons, A. Treiman, R. Williams, A. Yingst, MSL Science Team, Science, 9 December, (2013).
    • MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) at the Rocknest Sand Shadow: Science and Science-enabling Activities, Michelle Minitti, Linda Kah, R. Yingst, Kenneth Edgett, Robert Anderson, Luther Beegle, Joseph Carsten, Robert Deen, Walter Goetz, Craig Hardgrove, David Harker, Kenneth Herkenhoff, Joel Hurowitz, Louise Jandura, Megan Kennedy, Gary Kocurek, Gillian Krezoski, Stephen Kuhn, Daniel Limonadi, Leslie Lipkaman, Morten Madsen, Timothy Olson, Matthew Robinson, Scott Rowland, David Rubin, Calina Seybold, Juergen Schieber, Mariek Schmidt, Dawn Sumner, Vandana Tompkins, Jason Van Beek, Tessa Van Beek, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 118, Issue 11, pp.2338-2360, (2013).
    • Surface and subsurface composition of the Life in the Atacama Field Sites from Rover Data and Orbital Image Analysis, Jennifer L. Piatek, Craig Hardgrove, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Darrel M. Drake, Michael B. Wyatt, Michael Rampey, Orion Carlisle, Kim Warren-Rhodes, James M. Dohm, Andrew N. Hock, Nahalie A. Cabrol, David S. Wettergreen, Edmond A. Grin, Guillermo Chong Diaz, Peter Coppin, Shmuel Weinstein, Charles S. Cockell, Lucia Marinangeli, Gian Gabriele Ori, Trey Smith, Dominic Jonak, Michael Wagner, Kristen Stubbs, Geb Thomas, Erin Pudenz, and Justin Glasgow, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 112 (2007).
    • Life in the Atacama: Searching for life with rovers (science overview), Nathalie A. Cabrol, David Wettergreen, Kim Warren-Rhodes, Edmond A. Grin, Jeffrey Moersch, Guillermo Chong Diaz, Charles S. Cockell, Peter Coppin, Cecilia Demergasso, James M. Dohm, Lauren Ernst, Gregory Fisher, Justin Glasgow, Craig Hardgrove, Andrew N. Hock, Dominic Jonak, Lucia Marinangeli, Edwin Minkley, Gian Gabriele Ori, Jennifer Piatek, Erin Pudenz, Trey Smith, Kristen Stubbs, Geb Thomas, David Thompson, Alan Waggoner, Michael Wagner, Shmuel Weinstein, Michael Wyatt Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 112 (2007).
    • Life in the Atacama: A scoring system for habitability and the robotic exploration for life, Andrew N. Hock, Nathalie A. Cabrol, James M. Dohm, Jennifer Piatek, Kim Warren-Rhodes, Shmuel Weinstein, David S. Wettergreen, Edmond A. Grin, Jeffrey Moersch, Charles S. Cockell, Peter Coppin, Lauren Ernst, Gregory Fisher, Craig Hardgrove, Lucia Marinangeli, Edwin Minkley, Gian Gabriele Ori, Alan Waggoner, Mike Wyatt, Trey Smith, David Thompson, Michael Wagner, Dominic Jonak, Kristen Stubbs, Geb Thomas, Erin Pudenz, Justin Glasgow, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 112 (2007).




    Neutron Spectroscopy for Mars Rover Missions

    Prototype Neutron Detector MCNPX input geometry for detector simulations

    Thermophysical Remote Sensing of Surface Features on Earth and Mars

    Thermal Infrared Image of a Dust Devil in Eureka Valley, NV Thermal Infrared Image of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

    Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Data Analysis and Future Mission Instrumentation Concepts

    Mars Exploration Rover Processessing Mini-TES data