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My background lies in the general area of applications of computational fluid dynamics, especially for systems that couple hydrologic, thermal, chemical and biochemical processes.  My professional career started with the Apollo man-to-the-moon project.  When that exciting effort ended, I moved on to applied mathematics and fluid dynamic studies of earth systems.  My earlier research focused on numerical modeling of terrestrial processes, from fossil energy resources to environmental remediation to freezing/thawing and microbial activity in the Arctic permafrost. Inspired by the visually stunning results of space missions of the past decade, I returned to planetary research.  Recent studies have focused on water-related processes on Mars, dynamics in the water moons Europa and Enceladus, and asteroids, especially Ceres.


Some recent publications:

Travis, B. J., Schubert, G., “Keeping Enceladus Warm”, Icarus, in review.

Bland, P. A., Travis, B. J., Dyl, K. A., and Schubert, G., 2013. “Giant Convecting Mudballs of the Early Solar System”, 44th LPSC abstract #1447.

Travis, B. J., Feldman, W. C., and Maurice, S., 2013. A Mechanism for bringing ice and brines to the near surface of Mars, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 118, doi: 10.1002/jgre.20074.

Travis, B.J., Palguta, J., Schubert, G., 2012. A whole-moon thermal history model of Europa: Impact of hydrothermal circulation and salt transport, Icarus 218, pp. 1006-1019. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.02.008

Lewis, K.C., Zyvoloski, G. A., Wilson, C., Travis, B., Rowland, J., 2012. Drainage subsidence associated  with Arctic permafrost degradation, JGR-Earth Surface, 117 (F4), doi: 10.1029;/2011JF002284.

Feldman, W.C., Pathare, A., Maurice, S., Prettyman, T.H., Lawrence, D.J., Milliken, R.E., Travis, B.J., 2011. "Mars Odyssey neutron data: 2. Search for buried excess water ice deposits at nonpolar latitudes on Mars", Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 116, E11009, doi:10.1029/2011JE003806.

Rowland, J., Travis, B.J., Wilson, C.J., 2011. "The role of advective heat transport in talik development beneath lakes and ponds in discontinuous permafrost", Geophys. Res. Lett., 38,  L17504, 2011 doi:10.1029/2011GL048497.

Palguta, J., Schubert, G., Travis, B., 2010. “Fluid flow and chemical alteration in carbonaceous chondrite parent bodies“, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.05.003.

Barnhart, C. J., Nimmo, F., and Travis, B. J., 2010. “Post-Impact Hydrothermal Systems Incorporating Freezing on Mars”, Icarus, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2010.01.013.

Schubert, G., J. D. Anderson, B. J. Travis, J. Palguta. 2007. “Enceladus: Present Internal Structure and Differentiation by Early and Long Term Radiogenic Heating”, Icarus, 188, 345-355.

McGraw, M. A., A. S. Light & B. J. Travis, 2006. “The effect of experimentally determined salt viscosity on convective plumes in the subsurface of Mars”, LPSC 37, #2224.

Travis, B. J., & G. Schubert, 2005.  Hydrothermal convection in carbonaceous chondrite parent bodies, Earth & Planetary Science Letters 240(2), 234-250.

Hier Majumder, C A, Travis, B., 2003. Numerical Simulations of Recently Observed Dark Streaks on Mars, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstract P11B-1044.

Travis, B.J., N.D. Rosenberg, J. N. Cuzzi, 2003.  “On the role of widespread subsurface convection in bringing liquid water close to Mars’ surface “.J. Geophys. Res., 108, no. E4, 8040,  doi:10.1029/2002JE001877.

Dutrow, B. L., B. J. Travis, C. W. Gable, and D. J. Henry, 2001.  “Coupled heat and silica transport associated with dike intrusion into sedimentary rock:  Effects on isograd location and permeability evolution”, J. Geochim et  Cosmochim. Acta: 65(21) 3749-3767.



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