Matthew Siegler

Adjunct Faculty Research Professor Research Scientist with Planetary Science Institute





B.S., Physics/Astronomy and Film, Cornell University, May 2003
Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Dec 2011
Dissertation title: Evolution of Temperature Driven Stability of Ice on the Moon

Research Interests

• Planetary Sciences, Thermal processes
• Thermal and Geophysical Modeling
• Spacecraft Data Analysis (IR, Visible, 
• Laboratory studies of thermal properties
• Solar System Volatiles
• Geothermal Heat Flow on Planets


• GEOL 1307 The Solar System

Current Research Projects

• Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Co-Investigator (Ice stability, Heat Flow, Thermal Properties of Lunar Regolith and Crust, Laboratory Thermal Properties Investigation)
• Vortices (APL SSERVI node) team member (Thermal Modeling and Ice Stability)
• InSight team member (Lander and Crustal-scale subsurface thermal models)
• Lunar Heat Flow Experiment re-Analysis (SSW 2016, PI)
• Measurements of Lunar Subsurface Temperatures with VLA and Arecibo (SSO 2016, PI)
• Low Temperature Lab Measurements of Apollo Regolith (SSW 2017, Co-I/Science PI)
• Long-Term Ice Stability Due to Polar Wander (SSW 2016, Co-I)
• Effect of temperatures on Lunar Argon (SSW 2016, Co-I)
• Chang’E Microwave Radiometer Studies (Co-I)
• Lunar Resource Prospector Thermal Modeling 

Selected Publications

Siegler, M.A., Smrekar, S.E. Piqueux,S. ,Müller,N., Grott M. (2017) Three-Dimensional Thermal Modeling for the 2016 InSight Mission Space Science Reviews- InSight Special Issue

Siegler, M.A., Miller, R., Keane, J, Laneuville, M., Paige, D., Matsuyama, I., Crotts, A., Poston, M. (2016) Lunar True Polar Wander Inferred from Polar Hydrogen, Nature Vol 531. 480-484.

Johnson, C. L., Phillips, R. J., Purucker, … Siegler M.A… Solomon S.C. (2015) Low-altitude magnetic field measurements by MESSENGER reveal Mercury’s ancient crustal field Science Vol. 348

Siegler M.A., Paige, D.A., Williams, J.P., Bills, B.G., (2015) Evolution of Lunar Polar Ice Stability, Icarus Special Issue on Lunar Volatiles- Volume 255, 78–87

Hayne, A Hendrix, E Sefton-Nash, Siegler, M.A.,… (2015) Evidence for exposed water ice in the Moon’s south polar regions from LRO UV albedo and temperature measurements. Icarus 255-58

Hurley, D. M., Sarantos, M., Grava, C., Williams, J. P., Retherford, K. D., Siegler, M.A, …(2015). An analytic function of lunar surface temperature for exospheric modeling. Icarus 255

Gong, X., Paige, D. A., Siegler, M. A., & Jin, Y. Q. (2015). Inversion of Dielectric Properties of the Lunar Regolith Media With Temperature Profiles Using Chang'e Microwave Radiometer Observations.Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, 12(2), 384-388.

Siegler, M.A.; Smrekar,S. (2014) Lunar Heat Flow: Regional Prospective of the Apollo Landing sites, JGR Planets Volume 119, Issue 1, DOI: 10.1002/2013JE004453

Siegler, M. A.; Bills, B. G.; Paige, D. A. (2013a) Long term climate variability of Mercury’s Poles JGR Planets, Vol. 118, 1–8, doi:10.1002/jgre.20070

Paige, D.A., Siegler, M.A., Harmon, J.K., Neumann, G.A. , Mazarico, E.M., Smith, D.E., Zuber, M.T., Harju, E., Delitsky, M.L., and Solomon, S.C. (2013) Thermal stability of volatiles in the north polar region of Mercury- Science, doi 10.1126/science.1231106

Vasavada, A. R., Bandfield, J. L., Greenhagen, B. T., Hayne, P. O., Siegler, M. A., Williams, J. P., & Paige, D. A. (2012). Lunar equatorial surface temperatures and regolith properties from the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. JGR Planets, 117(E12).

Siegler M.A., Aharonson O., Choukroun M., Hudson T., Schorghofer N., Xu S. (2012) Measurements of thermal properties of icy Mars regolith analogs JGR Planets, doi:10.1029/2011JE003938

Siegler M.A., Bills B.G., Paige D.A. (2011) Effects of orbital evolution on lunar ice stability, JGR Planets VOL. 116, doi:10.1029/2010JE003652

Paige D.A., Siegler M.A., Zhang J.A., Hayne P.O., Diviner Team (2010) Diviner Observations of Cold Traps in the Lunar South Polar Region: Spatial Distribution and Temperature, Science

Curriculum Vitae (link)

Siegler faculty portrait