Invited Talks

Oceans on icy worlds
Santa Cruz astronomy on tap, Jul. 2018.

The history of the martian south polar cap
SETI Talks, Oct. 2016.

Teaching Experience

Introduction to scientific computing (UCSC ASTR/EART 119)
Full instructor, Summer 2017
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015

Introductory astronomy lab (NAU AST 180L)
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012-Spring 2014

Professional Experience

Southwest Research Institute
Student Scientist, 2012-2014

City Year Chicago
Corps Member, 2010-2011



Chemical cycling in the Venusian atmosphere: A full photochemical model from the surface to 110 km
Carver J. Bierson, Xi Zhang (In Review)

Initial results from the New Horizons exploration of 2014 MU69, a small Kuiper Belt object
Stern, S.A. et al. (2019)
Science, DOI:10.1126/science.aaw9771 Contact me for reprint

Using the density of Kuiper Belt Objects to constrain their composition and formation history
Carver J. Bierson, Francis Nimmo (2019)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.027 Contact me for reprint

The Formation and Stability of Buried Polar CO2 Deposits on Mars
Curtis V.Manning, Bierson, C. J., Nathaniel E.Putzig, Christopher P. McKay (2019)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.07.021 Contact me for reprint


Constraints on Lunar Crustal Porosity from the Gravitational Signature of Impact Craters
Min Ding, Jason M. Soderblom, Carver J. Bierson, Francis Nimmo, Colleen Milbury, Maria T. Zuber (2018)
JGR:Planets, DOI:10.1029/2018JE005654 Contact me for reprint

Implications of the observed Pluto–Charon density contrast
Bierson, C. J. Nimmo, F. McKinnon, W. B. (2018)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.03.007 Reprint


GRAIL gravity observations of the transition from complex crater to peak-ring basin on the Moon: Implications for crustal structure and impact basin formation
David MH Baker, James W Head, Roger J Phillips, Gregory A Neumann, Carver J Bierson, David E Smith, Maria T Zuber (2017)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.03.02 Reprint

Origin of the Pluto–Charon system: Constraints from the New Horizons flyby
William B McKinnon, SA Stern, HA Weaver, F Nimmo, CJ Bierson, WM Grundy, JC Cook, DP Cruikshank, AH Parker, JM Moore, JR Spencer, LA Young, CB Olkin, K Ennico Smith (2017)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.11.019 Reprint

Mean radius and shape of Pluto and Charon from New Horizons images
Francis Nimmo, Orkan Umurhan, Carey M Lisse, Carver J Bierson, Tod R Lauer, Marc W Buie, Henry B Throop, Josh A Kammer, James H Roberts, William B McKinnon, Amanda M Zangari, Jeffrey M Moore, S Alan Stern, Leslie A Young, Harold A Weaver, Cathy B Olkin, Kim Ennico (2017)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.06.027 Reprint


Reorientation of Sputnik Planitia implies a subsurface ocean on Pluto
F Nimmo, DP Hamilton, WB McKinnon, PM Schenk, RP Binzel, CJ Bierson, RA Beyer, JM Moore, SA Stern, HA Weaver, CB Olkin, LA Young, KE Smith, JR Spencer, R Beyer, M Buie, B Buratti, A Cheng, D Cruikshank, C Dalle Ore, A Earle, R Gladstone, W Grundy, AD Howard, T Lauer, I Linscott, J Parker, S Porter, H Reitsema, D Reuter, JH Roberts, S Robbins, M Showalter, K Singer, D Strobel, M Summers, L Tyler, OL White, OM Umurhan, M Banks, O Barnouin, V Bray, B Carcich, A Chaikin, C Chavez, C Conrad, C Howett, J Hofgartner, J Kammer, C Lisse, A Marcotte, A Parker, K Retherford, M Saina, K Runyon, E Schindhelm, J Stansberry, A Steffl, T Stryk, H Throop, C Tsang, A Verbiscer, H Winters, A Zangari (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1038/nature20148 Contact me for reprint

Interactions between complex craters and the lunar crust: Analysis using GRAIL data
CJ Bierson, Roger J Phillips, Francis Nimmo, Jonathan Besserer, Colleen Milbury, James T Keane, Jason M Soderblom, Maria T Zuber (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016JE005090 Contact me for reprint

A test for Io's magma ocean: Modeling tidal dissipation with a partially molten mantle
CJ Bierson, F Nimmo (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016JE005005 Contact me for reprint

Stratigraphy and evolution of the buried CO2 deposit in the Martian south polar cap
CJ Bierson, RJ Phillips, IB Smith, SE Wood, NE Putzig, D Nunes, S Byrne (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016GL068457 Contact me for reprint


The fractured Moon: Production and saturation of porosity in the lunar highlands from impact cratering
Jason M Soderblom, Alexander J Evans, Brandon C Johnson, H Jay Melosh, Katarina Miljković, Roger J Phillips, Jeffrey C Andrews‐Hanna, Carver J Bierson, James W Head, Colleen Milbury, Gregory A Neumann, Francis Nimmo, David E Smith, Sean C Solomon, Michael M Sori, Mark A Wieczorek, Maria T Zuber (2015)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2015GL065022 Contact me for reprint