Contact Information
JPL Building 183-827

Mailing Address

JPL M/S 183-301
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099

Fred Calef

Biographical Sketch

Fred Calef obtained his PhD at the University of Alaska in 2010, studying Mars crater distribution and ejecta, and was later a postdoc at JPL, joining the Lab full-time in 2012. In addition to his background in Earth and Mars geology, Fred has extensive experience with ESRI and other GIS tools.

Fred is currently the Geospatial Information Scientist for MSL ("Keeper of the Maps"). He maintains the geographic information system (GIS) base map containing MSL science data, and he provides a geospatial reference for all data products related to "hard targets" (i.e., rocks) analyzed by the MSL rover. He also provides geospatial products, such as geologic maps, traverse paths, and surface roughness, for traverse planning to the MSL Rover Planners.



Moores, J. E., Lemmon, M. T., Kahanpää, H., Rafkin, S. C. R., Francis, R., Pla-Garcia, J., Bean, K., Haberle, R., Newman, C., Mischna, M., Vasavada, A. R., de la Torre Juárez, M., Rennó, N., Bell, J., Calef, F., Cantor, B., Mcconnochie, T. H., Harri, A.-M., Genzer, M., Wong, M. H., Smith, M. D., Mart\'\in-Torres, F. J., Zorzano, M.-P., Kemppinen, O. and McCullough, E. (2015). “Observational evidence of a suppressed planetary boundary layer in northern Gale Crater, Mars as seen by the Navcam instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover,” Icarus, 249, pp. 129-142.

Newsom, H. E., Mangold, N., Kah, L. C., Williams, J. M., Arvidson, R. E., Stein, N., Ollila, A. M., Bridges, J. C., Schwenzer, S. P., King, P. L., Grant, J. A., Pinet, P., Bridges, N. T., Calef, F., Wiens, R. C., Spray, J. G., Vaniman, D. T., Elston, W. E., Berger, J. A., Garvin, J. B. and Palucis, M. C. (2015). “Gale crater and impact processes - Curiosity's first 364 Sols on Mars,” Icarus, 249, pp. 108-128.

Warner, N. H., Gupta, S., Calef, F., Grindrod, P., Boll, N. and Goddard, K. (2015). “Minimum effective area for high resolution crater counting of martian terrains,” Icarus, 245, pp. 198-240.

Bridges, N. T., Calef, F. J., Hallet, B., Herkenhoff, K. E., Lanza, N. L., Le Mouélic, S., Newman, C. E., Blaney, D. L., Pablo, M. A., Kocurek, G. A., Langevin, Y., Lewis, K. W., Mangold, N., Maurice, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Pinet, P., Renno, N. O., Rice, M. S., Richardson, M. E., Sautter, V., Sletten, R. S., Wiens, R. C. and Yingst, R. A. (2014). “The rock abrasion record at Gale Crater: Mars Science Laboratory results from Bradbury Landing to Rocknest,” Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 119, pp. 1374-1389.

Grotzinger, J. P., et al. (2014). “A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars,” Science, 343(27), p. 1242777.

Golombek, M., Grant, J., Kipp, D., Vasavada, A., Kirk, R., Fergason, R., Bellutta, P., Calef, F., Larsen, K., Katayama, Y., Huertas, A., Beyer, R., Chen, A., Parker, T., Pollard, B., Lee, S., Sun, Y., Hoover, R., Sladek, H., Grotzinger, J., Welch, R., Noe Dobrea, E., Michalski, J. and Watkins, M. (2012). “Selection of the Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site,” Space Science Reviews, 170, pp. 641-737.

Squyres, S. W., Arvidson, R. E., Bell, J. F., Calef, F., Clark, B. C., Cohen, B. A., Crumpler, L. A., de Souza, P. A., Farrand, W. H., Gellert, R., Grant, J., Herkenhoff, K. E., Hurowitz, J. A., Johnson, J. R., Jolliff, B. L., Knoll, A. H., Li, R., McLennan, S. M., Ming, D. W., Mittlefehldt, D. W., Parker, T. J., Paulsen, G., Rice, M. S., Ruff, S. W., Schröder, C., Yen, A. S. and Zacny, K. (2012). “Ancient Impact and Aqueous Processes at Endeavour Crater, Mars,” Science, 336, pp. 570-576.

Noe Dobrea, E. Z., Wray, J. J., Calef, III, F. J., Parker, T. J. and Murchie, S. L. (2012). “Hydrated minerals on Endeavour Crater's rim and interior, and surrounding plains: New insights from CRISM data,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, p. 23201.

Calef, F. J., Herrick, R. R. and Sharpton, V. L. (2009). “Geomorphic analysis of small rayed craters on Mars: Examining primary versus secondary impacts,” Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 114(E13), p. 10007.

Calef, F. J. and Sharpton, V. L. (2005). “Enigmatic linear features in the Northern Hemisphere of Mars: Their formation process,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, p. 24202.