Planetary Geophysics
Mapping and geospatial analysis using Machine and deep learning
Thermal sensing of Earth, the Moon and the Terrestrial planets
Radiation transfer

Peer-reviewed Publications
● Rubanenko, L., et al., Global Surface Winds and Aeolian Sediment Pathways on Mars from the Morphology of Barchan Dunes (in review, 2022).
● Williams, J-P, Rubanenko, L. Cold-Trapped Ices at the Poles of Mercury and the Moon; in Soare R. J. (ed.), Ices in the Solar System. Elsevier (In press).
● Rubanenko, L., Lapôtre, M.G., Ewing, R.C., Fenton, L.K. and Gunn, A., 2022. A distinct ripple-formation regime on Mars revealed by the morphometrics of barchan dunes. Nature Communications, 13.
● Gunn, A., Rubanenko, L. and Lapôtre, M.G.A, 2022. Accumulation of windblown sand in impact craters on Mars. Geology.
● Williams, J.P., Greenhagen, B.T., Bennett, K.A., Paige, D.A., Kumari, N., Ahrens, C.J., Rubanenko, L., Powell, T.M., Prem, P., Blewett, D.T. and Russell, P.S., 2022. Temperatures of the Lacus Mortis region of the Moon. Earth and Space Science, 9(2).
● Rubanenko, L., Perez-Lopez, S., Schull, J. and Lapotre, M. Automatic Detection and Segmentation of Barchan Dunes on Mars and Earth Using a Convolutional Neural Network. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2021).
● Rubanenko, L., Powell, T.M, Williams, J.-P., Daubar, I., Edgett, K. S., Paige, D. A., Challenges in crater chronology on Mars as Reflected in Jezero crater, in Soare R. J. (ed.), Conway, S. J. (ed.), Oehler, D. (ed.), Williams, J.-P. (ed.) Mars Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day. Elsevier (2021).
● Powell, T.M, Rubanenko, L., Williams, J.-P., Paige, D. A., The Role of Secondary Craters on Martian Crater Chronology, in Soare R. J. (ed.), Conway, S. J. (ed.), Oehler, D. (ed.), Williams, J.-P. (ed.) Mars Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day. Elsevier (2021).
● Rubanenko, L., Schorghofer, N., Grennhagen, B. T., Paige, D.A., The Equilibrium Temperature Distribution and Emissivity of Sunlit Gaussian Surfaces with Applications to the Moon. JGR:Planets (2020).
● Rubanenko, L., Venkatraman, J., Paige, D.A., Thick ice deposits in shallow simple craters on the Moon and Mercury, Nature Geoscience (2019).
● Rubanenko, L., Mazarico, E., Neumann, G.A. and Paige, D.A., Ice in Micro Cold Traps on Mercury: Implications for Age and Origin. JGR: Planets, 123(8), (2018).
● Rubanenko, L., & Aharonson, O., Stability of ice on the Moon with rough topography. Icarus, 296 (2017).
● Yair, Y., Price, C. G., Katzenelson, D., Rosenthal, N., Rubanenko, L., Ben Ami, Y., Arnone, E., Sprite climatology in the eastern Mediterranean region. Atmospheric Research,. 157, 108-118 (2015).
● Yair, Y., Rubanenko, L., Mezuman, K., Elhalel, G., Priente, M., Glickman-Pariente, M., Ziv, B., Takahashi, Y., and Inoue, T., New color images of transient luminous events from dedicated observations on the International Space Station. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 102, 140-147 (2013).

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)   (Mar. 2020)

PhD Geophysics and Space Physics, the department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences.

Advisor: David Paige

Thesis subject: A Tale of Two Planetary bodies: The Origin of Ice on Mercury and the Moon

Weizmann institute of science  (July 2015)

MSc, the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Advisor: Oded Aharonson

Thesis subject: The temperature distribution on the surface of airless planetary bodies

Tel Aviv University  (June, 2012)

B.Sc., the department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Technion, Israel.      (2023-present)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Stanford University, CA.   (2022-2023)
Postdoctoral Researcher, the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Stanford University. (2020-2022)
Employing deep learning algorithms to detect and analyze topographic features on the terrestrial planets.
Imaging of Lightning and Nighttime Electrical phenomena from Space (ILAN-ES) science team member. (2021-present)

Applying a neural network to detect electric atmospheric phenomena from data obtained by the second Israeli astronaut, Eytan Stibbe, on board the International Space Station.

Lunar Reconnaissance Diviner Radiometer Experiment (LRO DIVINER) co-investigator.    (2013-present)

Studying ice deposits in cold traps on the Moon. Deriving surface roughness and regolith properties from radiometric data.



  • Eugene B. Waggoner Prize awarded for sustained superior academic achievement and demonstrated excellence in original research in planetary science, 2019.
  • Harold and Mayla Sullwold Scholars awarded for excellence in academic performance and research potential, 2018.
  • The William Shatner Master’s scholarship in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Weizmann institute of science, 2014-2015.


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