Curriculum Vitae

My complete curriculum vitae, along with downloadable PDF versions, can be found below.


Education & Research Experience

2013 - 2018: Brown University (Providence, RI): Ph.D. Geological Sciences.

2013 - 2015: Brown University (Providence, RI): M.Sc. in Geological Sciences.


Emphasis on: Planetary science, geophysics, numerical modeling

Thesis topic: Geophysical and numerical analysis of planetary geologic processes.


Current research focuses on the implementation of geophysical and numerical analyses to assess problems in planetary geoscience. Specific research projects include: (1) Modeling thermal and physical properties of ice sheets on early Mars. (2) Numerical modeling of lava-ice interactions to assess meltwater production. (3) Modeling cooling and crystallization of lunar impact melt deposits. (4) Structural analysis of lunar impact basins through forward gravity modeling. (5) Modeling sedimentary diagenetic conditions produced during ice sheet melting on Mars. (6) 3-D numerical modeling of permafrost evolution in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. (7) Modeling and assessing the formation of fluvial systems on Mars.


2009 - 2011: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT): M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics.

2005 - 2009: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT): B.S. in Geology and Geophysics.


Emphasis on: Hydrogeology, geology, geophysics

Thesis topic: Assessment of spatial and temporal trends in the salinity of Connecticut’s groundwater.


Research activities focused on the investigation of the broad-scale impact of road salt application on the groundwater resources of the state of Connecticut. Water quality data spanning the last century were collected and analyzed to assess temporal and spatial trends in the distribution of salt within Connecticut's groundwater and correlations to known sources of salt contamination. This work was supported by field investigations of temporal and spatial trends of groundwater salinity in local water quality monitoring wells.


Professional Experience

Geoscience Geophysical Short Course – ExxonMobil:February 2017

Hydrogeologist - Leggette, Brashears, and Graham Inc.:June 2010 - April 2013

Hydrogeology Research Assistant - University of Connecticut:September 2009 - May 2010

Geology Teaching Assistant - University of Connecticut:September 2009 - May 2010

IT Technician - Cassanelli Associates LLC.:August 2002 - June 2005


Computational Experience and Relevant Skills

Language proficiencies: MATLAB, Python (more limited experience in C++, Fortran, Visual Basic, HTML/CSS, SQL).

Program proficiencies: ArcGIS, MS Office suite (including Access), ADOBE creative suite, Mathematica, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, AQTESOLV, FaultKin, Surfer/Grapher, StereoNet.



Field Experience


Academic Awards and Certifications


Professional Affiliations and Service


Continuing Education


Peer-Reviewed Publications

To view citations and statistics for my peer-reviewed publications please refer to my Google Scholar profile.
(PDFs available upon request)

  1. Weiss, D.K., Head, J.W., Palumbo, A.M., and Cassanelli, J.P., (2017). Extensive Amazonian-Aged Fluvial Channels on Mars: Evaluating the Role of Lyot Crater in their Formation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(11), 5336-5344, doi:10.1002/2017GL073821
  2. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2016). Did the Orientale Impact Melt Sheet Undergo Large-scale Igneous Differentiation by Crystal Settling? Geophysical Research Letters, 43(21), 11156-11165, doi:10.1002/2016GL070425
  3. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2016). Lava Heating and Loading of Ice Sheets on Early Mars: Predictions for Meltwater Generation, Groundwater Recharge, and Resulting Landforms. Icarus, 271, 237-264, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.004
  4. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2015). Firn Densification in a Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Mars: Implications for Ice Sheet Evolution and Thermal Response. Icarus, 253, 243-255, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.03.004
  5. Cassanelli, J.P., Head, J.W., and Fastook, J.L., (2015). Sources of Water for the Outflow Channels on Mars: Implications of the Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Model for Melting and Groundwater Recharge on the Tharsis Rise. Planetary and Space Science, 108, 54-65, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2015.01.002
  6. Cassanelli, J.P., and Robbins, G.A., (2013). Effects of Road Salt on Connecticut's Groundwater: A Statewide Centennial Perspective. Journal of Environmental Quality, 42(3), 737-748, doi:10.2134/jeq2012.0319

Conference Proceedings

  1. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2017). Formation of the Reull Vallis Outflow Channel by Large-Scale Lava-Ice Interactions and Top-Down Melting. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1188.
  2. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2017). Valley Network Formation in a "Cold and Icy: Climate Regime: Theoretical Predictions for Erosion Rates and Channel Morphology. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1191.
  3. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2016). Did the Orientale Impact Melt Sheet Undergo Large-scale Igneous Differentiation by Crystal Settling? 7th Planetary Cratering Consortium.
  4. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2016). Did the Orientale Impact Melt Sheet Undergo Large-Scale Igneous Differentiation by Crystal Settling? 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1174.
  5. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2016). Lava Heating and Loading of Ice Sheets on Early Mars: Predictions for Meltwater Generation, Groundwater Recharge, and Resulting Landforms. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1176.
  6. Cassanelli, J.P. et al., (2015). Ice Sheet Basal Melting on Mars: Potential for Long-term Habitats. 3rd Nordic-Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute Summer School, Iceland.
  7. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2015). Lava-loading of Ice Sheets in a Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Mars: Predictions for Meltwater Generation, Groundwater Recharge, and Resulting Landforms. 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1533.
  8. Cassanelli, J.P. et al., (2015). Sources of Water for Groundwater-fed Outflow Channels on Mars: Implications of the Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Model for Melting and Groundwater Recharge. 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1529.
  9. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2014). Volcano-ice Interactions in a Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Mars: Implications for Groundwater Recharge and Outflow Channel Water Sources on the Tharsis Rise. 5th Moscow Solar System Symposium.
  10. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2014). Firn Densification on Late Noachian Mars: Implications for Ice Sheet Formation and Thermal Characteristics. 8th International Conference on Mars, Abstract 1032.
  11. Cassanelli, J.P., and Head, J.W., (2014). Firn Densification on Late Noachian Mars: Implications for Ice Sheet Formation and Thermal Characteristics. 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1265.
  12. Cassanelli, J.P. et al., (2014). Late Noachian "Icy Highlands" Mars: Implications for Melting and Groundwater Recharge Across the Tharsis Rise. 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1501.
  13. Cassanelli, J.P., and Robbins, G.A., (2010) Evaluating Impacts of Anthropogenic Salt Influxes to Connecticut's Groundwater Though Water Quality Monitoring and Tracer Studies. 45th Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting, Abstract 57-11.

Thesis Publications

  1. Cassanelli, J.P. (2011). Salt Contamination of Ground and Surface Water in Connecticut: A Compilation and Synthesis of Historic Data and Local Scale Testing. University of Connecticut Master’s Thesis, Paper 69.