Timothy Titus is a Space Scientist at Astrogeology Science Center.
1999 - Present
Space Scientist - U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff AZ. Research: Spectral analysis of Martian polar regions using data from MGS TES, Mars Odyssey THEMIS, and MRO CRISM. Thermal surface properties of 4 Vesta.
Oct 2010 - Jan 2011
Acting Science Center Director - U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff AZ.
1997 - 1999
Remote Sensing Analyst - Contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN. Research: Spectral analysis of Martian polar regions using data from MGS TES.
1996 - 1997
Staff Lecturer - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Research: Multivariate analysis of galaxy spectra.
- 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
- Engineer Officer Basic Course (1988)
- Artillery Officer Advance Course (1992)
- Combined Arms Service and Staff School (1995)
- Command General Staff College (2000)
- Quartermaster Officer Advance Course (2003)
- Mars Polar Processes: Specifically - the CO2 cycle and polar energy balance.
- Mars Thermal Inertia Studies: Specifically - the use of 2-layer thermal inertia models to detect sub-surface ice.
- Mars Aeolian Studies: Specially - the global inventory and characterization of Mars dunes.
- Cave Detection using the Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Specifically - using ground truth thermal characterization of terrestrial caves to develope techniques and procedures for detecting caves on Earth, the Moon, and Mars.
- 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.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Timothy N. Titus
Last Position prior to Retirement
Chief of Logistics
Arizona National Guard
- Participating Scientist on DAWN at Vesta
- Extensive experience analyzing Mars Odyssey (ODY) THermal Emission IMaging System (THEMIS) data
- Extensive experience extracting and analyzing Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) data
- Extensive knowledge of several programming languages, including IDL
- Writes and maintains a GUI software package that enhances the analysis of TES spectral data
- Extensive knowledge of multivariate analysis techniques, especially Principal Components Analysis (PCA)
- Cornwall, C.; Titus, T. N., 2010, A comparison of Martian north and south polar cold spots and the long-term effects of the 2001 global dust storm, J. Geophys. Res., Volume 115, Issue E6, CiteID E06011.
- Cull, S.; Arvidson, R.E.; Mellon, M.; Wiseman, S.; Clark, R.; Titus, T.N.; Morris, R.V.; McGuire, P.2010, Seasonal H2O and CO2 ice cycles at the Mars Phoenix l