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  • Planetary Radar
  • Asteroids And Comets
  • Planetary Surfaces
  • Space Weathering
  • Solar System Composition

Dylan Hickson

Dylan Hickson is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Planetary Science Group at the Arecibo Observatory, joining the Arecibo staff in May 2019 after receiving his Ph.D. in Earth and Space Science from York University in Toronto, Canada and Bachelor’s degrees in Earth and Environmental Science and Physical Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. In his undergraduate studies, Dylan focused on remote sensing and geophysics, specifically ground–penetrating radar, and contributed research on these topics within the Environmental and Archaeological Geophysics Laboratory at McMaster University, as well as for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

Dylan's Ph.D. dissertation focused on using laboratory experiments performed on various geologic materials to better interpret radar observations of asteroids. Now at Arecibo Observatory, Dylan is honored to join the dedicated staff in furthering planetary science, and honored as well to join the Puerto Rican community. In addition to radar remote sensing, Dylan is interested in the implementation and science return of space missions, participating on the science teams for the 2015 CanMars and AMADEE–18 Martian Analog Missions. His research interests include radar observations, regolith evolution on airless bodies, and modeling the surface/regolith properties, structures, and compositions of asteroids and other rocky solar system bodies. In his free time, Dylan enjoys playing music, reading, exploring nature, and spending time with his wonderful wife and all of their animals.

Dylan Hickson utilizes radar polarimetry and radar scattering theory to analyze radar data of rocky and icy bodies in the solar system, inverting these data for near–surface properties such as roughness, texture, structure, and composition. He also models the electromagnetic properties of geologic materials with validation by laboratory experimentation for improved remote sensing interpretations and combines radar with multi–wavelength observations in the UV, VIS, and IR to develop coherent analyses of remote sensing data.

Dylan Hickson is fully supported by NASA’s Near–Earth Object Observations Program through grants no. 80NSSC18K1098 and no. 80NSSC19K0523 awarded to the University of Central Florida (UCF), and through UCF's Preeminent Postdoctoral Program

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Peer-reviewed publications


2020

Lalla, E., Cote, K., Hickson, D., Garnitschnig, S., Konstantinidis, M., Such, P., Czakler, C., Schroder, C., Frigeri, A., Ercoli, M., Losiak, A., Gruber, S., and Groemer, G. (2020) Laboratory analysis of returned samples from the AMADEE-18 Mars analog mission. Astrobiology, 20(11), 1303-1320.
https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2019.2038.

Hickson, D.C., Boivin, A.L., Tsai, C.-A., Daly, M.G., and Ghent, R.R. (2020) Modeling the Dielectric Properties of Minerals from Crystals to Bulk Powders for Improved Interpretation of Asteroid Radar Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125(7), 1-22.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JE006141.

2019

Tsai, C., Ghent, R., Boivin, A., and Hickson, D. (2019) Discrimination of Dispersive Materials From Q* Radar Signals Using Q*. Ground Penetrating Radar, 2(1), 26-50.
https://doi.org/10.26376/GPR2019002.

Osinski, G.R., et. al (including Hickson, D.) (2019) The CanMars Mars Sample Return analogue mission. Planetary and Space Science, 166, 110-130.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2018.07.011.

2018

Hickson, D., Boivin, A., Daly, M.G., Ghent R., Nolan, M.C., Tait, K., Cunje, A., and Tsai, C-A. (2018) Near surface bulk density estimates of NEAs from radar observations and permittivity measurements of powdered geologic material. Icarus, 306, 16-24.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2018.01.018.

Boivin, A., Hickson, D., Cunje, A., Tsai, C-A., Ghent, R.R., and Daly, M. (2018) Broadband Measurements of the Complex Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analog Materials. Journal of Geophyisical Research: Planets, 123(12), 3088-3104.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JE005662.

2017

Hickson, D., Sotodeh, S., Daly, M., Ghent, R., and Nolan, M.C. (2017) Improvements on effective permittivity measurements of powdered alumina: Implications for bulk permittivity properties of asteroid regoliths. Advances in Space Research, 59, 472-482.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2016.08.011

Non Peer-reviewed publications


2020

Rivera-Valentín, E.G. et al. (including Hickson, D (2020) The importance of ground-based radar observations for planetary exploration. Submitted as a White Paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey (2023-2032).

Virkki, A.K., et al. (including Hickson, D.C. (2020) Near-Earth object characterization using ground-based radar systems. Submitted as a White Paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey (2023-2032).

Haynes, M., et al. (including Hickson, D. (2020) Asteroids Inside Out: Radar Tomography. Submitted as a White Paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey (2023-2032).

Nolan, M.C., et al. (including Hickson, D.C. (2020) Near-Earth Objects. Submitted as a White Paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey (2023-2032).

Mainzer, A., et al. (including Hickson, D.C. (2020) The Future of Planetary Defense in the Era of Advanced Surveys. Submitted as a White Paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey (2023-2032).

Giorgini, J.D., Farnocchia, D., Hickson, D.C., Marshall, S.E., Zambrano-Marin, L.F., Virkki, A.K. and Taylor, P.A. (2020) (264357) 2000 AZ93. CBET 4787.

Hickson, D.C., Virkki, A., Perillat, P., Nolan, M.C., Bhiravarasu, S.S. (2020) Polarimetric Decomposition of Arecibo Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroids (poster [P016-0013]). 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, virtual, 1-17 Dec.

Venditti, F., Marshall, S., Virkki, A., Taylor, P., Hickson, D., Giorgini, J. (2020) Arecibo Observatory radar observation of potentially hazardous asteroid 2020 NK1 (talk). 52nd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), virtual, 26-30 Oct.

Virkki, A., Venditti, F., Marshall, S.E., Devogèle, M., Hickson, D.C., Zambrano Marin, L.F., McGilvray, A., Taylor, P., Rivera-Valentín, E. (2020) Science Highlights of near-Earth asteroid radar observations at Arecibo Observatory (talk). 52nd Meeting of the AAS DPS, virtual, 26-30 Oct.

Devogèle, M., et al. (including Hickson, D.) (2020) Heterogeneous surface of 1998 OR2 (talk). 52nd Meeting of the AAS DPS, virtual, 26-30 Oct.

Prabhu Desai, S., Margot, J., Taylor, P., Venditti, F., Marshall, S., Virkki, A., Hickson, D., Fernanda, L. (2020) Evolution of the Binary Asteroid 66391 Moshup-Squannit (1999 KW4) (poster). 51st Annual Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy, virtual, 3-7 Aug.

Hickson, D. and Virkki, A. (2020) Modeling the effect of iron oxides on asteroid radar albedos (talk). Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, virtual, 21 Sep - 9 Oct.

Zambrano-Marin, L., Virkki, A., Marshall, S., Venditti, F., Hickson, D., McGilvray, A., Devogèle, M., Taylor, P., Rivera-Valentín, E. (2020) Arecibo Science Highlights of Observatory Planetary Radar Observations: 2019-2020 (talk). EPSC 2020, virtual, 21 Sep - 9 Oct.

Hickson, D.C., Becker, T.M., Virkki, A.K., Venditti, F.C.F., Marshall, S.E., Zambrano-Marin, L.F., and McGilvray, A. (2020) Space Weathering Effects from UV to Radar Wavelengths (poster [1704]). 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), conference cancelled due to COVID-19.

Venditti, F., Virkki, A., Marshall, S., Hickson, D., Taylor, P., Zambrano-Marin, L. (2020) Arecibo Observatory: a ground and space joint effort in support of small bodies exploration (talk). Planets 2020, Santiago, Chile, 2-6 Mar.

2019

Anish Roshi, D., et al. (including Hickson, D.) (2019) Astro2020 Activities and Projects White Paper: Arecibo Observatory in the Next Decade. Submitted as an Activities and Projects White Paper for the Astro2020 decadal survey.

Venditti, F., Virkki, A., Marshall, S., Hickson, D.C., Taylor, P.A., and Zambrano-Marin, L.F. (2019) Arecibo Observatory: Supporting Planetary Defense (poster [NH51C-0784]). 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 9-13 Dec.

Boivin, A., Tsai, C-A., Hickson, D.C., Ghent, R.R., and Daly, M.G. (2019) MCMC-Based Model Parameter Estimation from Measurements of the Complex Electromagnetic Characteristics of Planetary Regolith Analog Materials (poster [P31B-3436]) . 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 9-13 Dec.

Hickson, D.C., Boivin, A.L., Tsai, C., Daly, M.G., Ghent, R.R. (2019) Quantifying Asteroid Regolith Porosity from Radar Data (poster [2480]). 50th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 18-22 Mar.

2018

Hickson, D.C., Boivin, A., Daly, M.G., Ghent, R.R., C. Tsai, Tait, K. (2018) Measurement-based Modeling of the Dielectric Permittivity of Particulate Geologic Material for Improved Radar Interpretation (poster [P51G-2964]). 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington DC, USA, 10-14 Dec.

Cunje, A.B., Ghent, R.R., Boivin, A., Tsai, C-A., Hickson, D. (2018) Dielectric Properties of Martian Regolith Analogs and Smectite Clays (poster [1805]). 49th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 19-23 Mar.

Hickson, D.C., Boivin, A., Daly, M.G., Ghent, R.R., Tait, K. (2018) Characterizing the Dielectric Behaviour of Asteroid Regolith Analogue Minerals for Planetary Radar Interpretation (poster). Women in Planetary Science and Exploration (WPSE) 2018, Toronto, Canada, 17-18 Feb.

Hickson, D., Boivin, A., Daly, M.G., Ghent, R.R., Nolan, M.C., Tait, K., Cunje, A., Tsai, C-A. (2017) Constraining Bulk Densities of Near-Earth Asteroid Surfaces from Radar Observations Using Laboratory Measurements of Permittivity (poster [P13B-2555]). 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 11-15 Dec.

2017

Boivin, A., Hickson, D., Cunje, A., Tsai, C-A., Ghent, R.R., Daly, M.G. (2017) Measurements in Vacuum of the Complex Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analog Materials in Support of the OSIRIS-REx Mission (poster P13B-2556]). 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 11-15 Dec.

2016

Boivin, A., Hickson, D., Cunje, A., Tsai, C-A., Ghent, R.R., Daly, M.G. (2016) Measurements in Vacuum of the Effect of Ilmenite on the Complex Dielectric Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analog Materials (poster [P51C-2148]). 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 12-16 Dec.

Hickson, D., Sotodeh, S., Daly, M., Ghent, R. (2016) Boundary Conditions Modelling of Permittivity Measurements of Powders in Coaxial Airline (poster [2137]). 47th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 21-25 Mar.

Zylberman, W., Hickson, D., Haid, T., Osinski, G.R. (2016) 2015 CanMars MSR Analogue Mission: The Key Role of LiDAR in Rover Navigation and Potential for Future Missions (poster [1041]). 47th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 21-25 Mar.

Boivin, A., Hickson, D., Cunje, A., Ghent, R., Daly, M. (2016) Broadband Measurements of Dielectric Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analogue Materials using a Coaxial Transmission Line in Vacuum (poster [2025]). 47th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 21-25 Mar.

2015

Hickson, D., Daly, M., Ghent, R., Boivin, A., Cunje, A., Tsai, C-A. (2015) Complex Permittivity Measurements of Powders (poster). 9th OSIRIS-REx Science Team Meeting, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, USA, 20-22 Oct.

Boivin, A., Tsai, C-A., Hickson, D., Ghent, R., Daly, M. (2015) Preliminary Broadband Measurements of Dielectric Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analogue Materials Using a Coaxial Transmission Line (poster [2487]). 46th LPSC, The Woodlands, USA, 16-20 Mar.

2014

Hickson, D., Nussli, E., Steckley, Z., Sweeney, S. (2014) Agricultural Landscapes of the City of Ottawa: Mobile Mapping Groundtruth Results 2014 (poster). Canadian Association of Geographers-Ontario Division Annual Meeting (CAGONT), York University, Toronto, Canada, 24-25 Oct.

Nussli, E., Anwar, S., Gardner, S., Hickson, D., Shaw, A., Steckley, Z., Vanthof, V., Sweeney, S. (2014) Leamington Township’s Agricultural Landscape Pre and Post the Heinz Company Tomato Supply Era: A Detailed Field-by-Field Comparison of the 2013 and 2014 Cropping Seasons (poster). CAGONT, Toronto, Canada, 24-25 Oct.

Anwar, S., Goodfellow, S., Caldwell, J., Gardner, S., Hickson, D., Smith, D., Steckley, Z., Sweeney, S. (2014) The Northern Bruce Peninsula Agricultural Landscape: Multi-temporal Observations with Mobile Mapping Technology (poster). CAGONT, Toronto, Canada, 24-25 Oct.

Carter, T., Contreras, D., Doyle, S., Hickson, D., Mihailovic, D., Morgan, J., and Moutsiou, T. (2014) Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project - 2014 Report. Submitted to the Canadian Institute in Greece.