Richard Cartwright

Richard Cartwright

Research Scientist

Disciplines: Planetary Astronomy

Degree/Major: Ph.D., Geology, 2017, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Curriculum vitae: Cartwright_RJ_CV.Oct2021.pdf

I am keenly interested in understanding the chemistry and geology of ocean worlds and the possible links between their surfaces and interiors. To investigate these topics, I analyze reflectance spectra collected by ground and space-based telescopes, such as NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and the Hubble Space Telescope, and I analyze imaging and spectral datasets collected by spacecraft like Voyager 2 and Cassini. My current projects focus on investigating the nature of salts and organics that may have originated in the interiors of confirmed and candidate ocean worlds and the processes that chemically modify these surface constituents. My future work will include analysis of spectral data collected by the James Webb Space Telescope to investigate the formation conditions in the Jovian and Uranian subnebulae, the possible compositional links between the interiors and surfaces of the large Uranian moons, and the processes that have chemically modified the surface of the Galilean moon Callisto. 


Roser, J.E., Ricca, A., Cartwright R.J., Dalle Ore, C., Cruikshank, D.P., 2021. Infrared Optical Constants of Amorphous Ammonia Ice and an Ammonia/Water Ice Mixture at the Pluto/Charon Surface Temperature (7000–440 cm-1). Planetary Science Journal [Accepted].

Leonard, E.J., … Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2021. UMaMI: A New Frontiers-style Mission Concept to Explore the Uranian System. Planetary Science Journal 2, 174.

Cartwright, R.J. et al. 2021. The Science case for spacecraft exploration of the Uranian satellites: Candidate ocean worlds in an ice giant system. Planetary Science Journal 2, 120. 

Beddingfield, C.B. and Cartwright, R.J. 2021. A lobate feature adjacent to a double ridge on Ariel: Formed by cryovolcanism or mass wasting? Icarus 367, 114583.

Cartwright, R.J. et al. 2020c. Evidence for sulfur-bearing species on Callisto’s leading hemisphere: Sourced from Jupiter’s irregular satellites or Io? Astrophysical Journal Letters 902 (2), L38.

Cartwright, R.J., et al., 2020b. Evidence for NH3-bearing species on the Uranian satellite Ariel supports recent geologic activity. Astrophysical Journal Letters 898 (1), L22.

Kollmann P., … Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2020. Magnetospheric Studies: A requirement for addressing interdisciplinary mysteries in the Ice Giant systems. Space Sci. Rev. 216, 5, 1-26.

Beddingfield, C.B. and Cartwright, R.J., 2020. Hidden Tectonism on Miranda’s Elsinore Corona revealed by polygonal impact craters. Icarus 343, 113687.

Cartwright, R.J., et al., 2020a. Probing the regoliths of the classical Uranian satellites: Are their surfaces mantled by tiny H2O ice grains? Icarus 338, 113513.

Cruikshank D.P., … Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2019. Recent Cryovolcanism in Virgil Fossae on Pluto. Icarus 330, 155-168.

Lucas, M.P., … Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2019. (HARTSS) II: Spectral Homogeneity Among Hungaria Family Asteroids. Icarus 322, 227-250. 

Cook, J.C., … Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2018. Composition of Pluto’s Small Satellites: Analysis of New Horizons Spectral Images. Icarus 315, 30-45.

Cartwright, R.J., et al., 2018. Red material on the large moons of Uranus: Dust from the irregular satellites? Icarus 314, 210-231.

Cartwright, R.J. and Burr, D.M., 2017. Using Synthetic Aperture Radar data of terrestrial analogs to test alluvial fan formation mechanisms on Titan. Icarus 284, 183-205.

Cartwright, R.J. et al., 2015. Distribution of CO2 ice on the large moons of Uranus and evidence for compositional stratification of their near-surfaces. Icarus 257, 428-456.

Burr, D.M., Drummond, S.A., Cartwright, R.J., Perron, T., Black, B., 2013. Morphology of fluvial networks on Titan: Evidence for structural control. Icarus 226, 742-759.

Cartwright, R.J., Clayton, J., Kirk, R., 2011. Channel Morphometry, sediment transport, and implications for tectonic activity and surficial ages of Titan basins. Icarus 214, 561-570.