On the rim of the Barringer Meteor Crater, Winslow, AZ, November of 2013

Hi, my name is David K. Weiss. I'm a graduate student in planetary geology at Brown. I got my B.S. in geology from the College of Charleston in 2012. You can contact me at David_Weiss@brown.edu.

My research interests include (1) martian impact cratering; (2) early Mars geologic history; (3) the characteristics and geologic history of the martian cryosphere.

My personal interests include wilderness backpacking.

My graduate advisor is Jim Head.

My undergraduate advisor was Cass Runyon.

Check out (1) my peer-reviewed publications;
(2) my recent talks and conference participation;
(3) my press.

  1. Preservation of ancient ice at Pavonis and Arsia Mons: Tropical mountain glacier deposits on Mars (article)
  2. Ejecta mobility of layered ejecta craters on Mars: Assessing the influence of snow and ice deposits (pdf)
  3. Formation of double-layered ejecta craters on Mars: A glacial substrate model (pdf)

  1. Weiss, D. K. , Head, J. W. “Testing the Glacial Substrate Model for Double-Layered Ejecta Craters on Mars”.
  2. Weiss, D. K. , Head, J. W. “Noachian Highland Crater Degradation on Mars: Assessing the Role of Regional Snow and Ice Deposits in a Cold and Icy Early Mars”.
  3. Weiss, D. K. , Head, J. W. “Noachian Highland Crater Degradation on Mars: Assessing the Role of Regional Snow and Ice Deposits in a Cold and Icy Early Mars”.
  4. Weiss, D. K. , Head, J. W. “Ejecta Mobility of Layered Ejecta Craters on Mars: Assessing the Influence of Surface Snow and Ice Deposits”.
  5. Weiss, D. K. , Head, J. W. “Double-Layered Ejecta Craters (DLE) on Mars: Assessing a Glacial Substrate Model as a Factor in their Origin”.
  6. Weiss, D. K. , Budney, C. J, Shiraishi, L, Klein, K., Gilbert, J. “Rock Sample Destruction Limits for the Mars Sample Return Mission”.

    1. Strange Mars Craters Created By Ice?, August 2013 (National Geographic, Space.com, Discovery News)
    2. 'Honeycombs' and Hexacopters Help Tell Story of Mars, March 2013 (NASA article)



    I find the unusual double-layered ejecta (DLE) crater morphology on Mars particularily interesting.