Justin Cowart's Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.S. Geology (2012) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Ph.D Candidate - Stony Brook University


Peer Reviewed Publications

J.C. Cowart, A.D. Rogers, and C.S. Edwards (2019), "Mapping and characterization of Martian intercrater bedrock plains: Insights into resurfacing processes in the Martian cratered highlands", Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(12), 3181-3204, doi:https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JE006062; Full-text available through Wiley Content Sharing (read-only; desktop-only)

Rogers, A.D, N.H. Warner, M.P. Golombek, J.W. Head, and J.C. Cowart (2018) “Areally extensive olivine-enriched bedrock exposures on Mars: Many are clastic rocks, not lavas”, Geophys. Res. Letters, 45(4), 1767-1777, doi:10.1002/2018GL077030


Conference Abstracts

J.C. Cowart and A.D. Rogers (2020) "A Tale of Two Spectra: Isolating the Composition of Bedrock and Regolith Surface Components Using Mars Odyssey THEMIS Afternoon and Evening Spectra", 51st Lunar and Planetary Science ConferenceAvailable Online

Rogers, A.D, J.C. Cowart, and N.H. Warner (2020), "Enigmatic High Thermal Inertia Plains in Terra Cimmeria, Mars", 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Available Online

J.C. Cowart and A.D. Rogers (2019) "The role of fluvial processes in highlands clastic bedrock formation", 9th International Conference on Mars, Abstract #6130

A.D. Rogers, J.C. Cowart, and C.S. Edwards (2019) "Characteristics and petrogenic origins of areally extensive bedrock exposures in the cratered highlands: A review", 9th International Conference on Mars

J.C. Cowart, L.E. Bunce, and A.D Rogers (2019) "Isolated Chaos and Colles in the Martian highlands: Potential insights into basin-fill and modification process", 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Available Online

Rogers, A.D., J.C. Cowart, C.S. Edwards, and C. Pan (2018) “Widespread clastic rock exposures in the Martian southern highlands: characteristics and candidate origins”, 2018 GSA Annual Meeting

Cowart, J.C. and A.D. Rogers (2018) “Noachian intercrater bedrock plains show variable olivine enrichment” 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Available Online

Rogers, A.D, N.H. Warner, M.P. Golombek, J.W. Head, and J.C. Cowart (2018) “Areally extensive olivine-enriched bedrock exposures on Mars: Many are clastic rocks, not lavas”, 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Available Online

Cowart, J.C. and A.D. Rogers (2017) “Initial results from a global spectral survey of Noachian bedrock units.” 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Available Online

Cowart, J.C. and A.D. Rogers (2017) “Mesa-forming units overlying erosionally-resistant plains in Noachian terrain: insights into basin-fill processes.” 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Available Online


Internships

USGS-NAGT Internship, Summer 2012 Internship in the USGS Ar/Ar geochronology Lab of Dr. Mike Cosca, Denver Federal Center. Primary duties were sample preparation for Ar/Ar geochronology, including HF dissolution, mineral separation (shaketable, heavy liquid, and hand techniques), and rock powdering. Additional duties involved reorganization of laboratory sample archives and modernization of active sample inventory and workflow tracking. Field projects included sample collection in the Sangre de Cristo Range of southern Colorado with laboratory staff and structural mapping along the Salmon River Canyon near Elk City, ID with Dr. Karen Lund


Field Experience

Geology of the White-Inyo Mountains- Weeklong field trip lead by Dr. Eric Ferre exploring the neotectonics of Owens Valley, CA and orogenic structures of the western Basin and Range.

Tectonics of the Ashe Metamorphic Suite, western North Carolina - Three-day field trip lead by Dr. Eric Ferre exploring the Ashe Metamorphic Suite of western North Carolina, with a focus on ophiolite formation and ultra-high pressure metamorphism.

Southern Illinois University Field Camp - Six-week field camp led by Dr. Richard Fifarek and Dr. Eric Ferre. Based in Red Lodge, MT. Primary topics include: creating stratigraphic sections from outcrops; field mapping; thick-skin and thin-skin deformation; volcanology; skarn-type metamorphism; glacial geomorphology.

Planetary Analogs of Southern Utah - Self-organized field trip (with assistance from Dr. Steven Jaret, Dr. Katherine Shirley, and Alexandra Ahern) touring recognized planetary analog sites in Utah, including: topographically inverted drainage channels in the Green River Fm.; the impact structure at Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands Nat'l Park; differential lithification structures in Arches Nat'l Park; lithified dune fields and diagenetic hematite concretions in Snow Canyon State Park; and fresh basaltic lava flows in the Scout Volcanic Field.


Undergraduate Research Experience

Dr. John Sexton, Geophysics - Analysis of shallow seismic reflection survey data provided by the Illinois State Geological Survey and ground-based magnetic susceptibility surveys. This project searched for Permian-age ultramafic intrusions associated with the Permian-aged Hicks Dome and Omaha Dome ultramafic intrusions in Southeastern Illinois.

Dr. Lilliana Lefticariu, Stable Isotope Geochemistry - Laboratory apprenticeship preparing mass spectrometer standards and apparatus assembly.

F. Brett Denny, Associate Economic Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey - Geologic core description, preparation of selected core sections for oxygen isotope analysis. This project studied carbonate isotope variations associated with fluorospar ore bodies in Southeastern Illinois.