Timothy Titus is a Research Space Scientist at the Astrogeology Science Center.
Tim studies Mars Polar Processes, focusing on the CO2 cycle and polar energy balance, as well as Mars thermal inertia investigations using 2-layer thermal inertia models to detect subsurface ice. He also studies Mars dunes, and cave detection on Earth, the Moon and Mars using thermal infrared remote sensing. Tim is currently using ALMA data to study the surface properties of asteroids.
Tim also studies Planetary Defense, where he brings to bear his experience as former Director of Logistics for Emergency Response for the Arizona National Guard. He is exploring the use of preexisting hazard models to explore possible regional and cascading effects from future asteroid impact events.
Research Space Scientist - U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff AZ. 1999 - Present.
Acting Science Center Director - U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff AZ. Oct 2010 - Jan 2011.
Remote Sensing Analyst - Contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN. 1997-1999.
Staff Lecturer - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. 1996-1997.
Co-Investigator on Mars Odyssey THermal EMission Imaging System (THEMIS).
Co-Investigator on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM).
Selected as a Dawn at Vesta Participating Scientist.
Military: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired). Last Position prior to Retirement: Chief of Logistics, Camp Navajo, Arizona National Guard, Bellemont, AZ.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D.,Astrophysics, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 1996
M.S., Astrophysics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1988
B.A., Physics/Mathematics, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 1985
Military Education: Command General Staff College (2000)
Military Education: Quartermaster Officer Advance Course (2003)