Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Alvaro de Vicente Retortillo Rubalcaba
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Alvaro de Vicente Retortillo Rubalcaba

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office: 2215
Phone: 734-647-9441
Email: alvarode@umich.edu

Education

  • Ph. D. (S. Cum Laude), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2017. Thesis: “A new Martian Radiative Transfer Model: Applications using in situ Measurements”. Advisors: Germán Martínez, Luis Vázquez and Francisco Valero.
  • M. S., Geophysics and Meteorology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013. 
  • B. S., Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2012.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Martian Radiative Transfer Modeling 
  • Martian Atmospheric Aerosols
  • Analysis of Mars Science Laboratory REMS Data
  • Martian Weather and Climate

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, Group Achievement Award, 2015.
  • Three Predoctoral Mobility Grants by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) for short stays in foreign research institutions (2014, 2015 and 2016).
  • FPI Predoctoral Research Grant (Training of Researchers) by the MINECO, associated to the project Scientific Participation in the Mars mission MEIGA-METNET PRECURSOR (2012-2016).
  • Collaboration Fellowship at the Department of Earth Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics II, UCM, by the Spanish Ministry of Education (2011-2012).
  • Excellence Scholarship awarded to best High School students of the year in the region of Madrid (2007-2008).

Professional Service

Mission participation:

  • Collaborator of the Science Team of NASA Mars Science Laboratory, associated to REMS instrument, since 2014.
  • Team member of Mars MetNet, associated to MetSIS instrument, since 2012.

Appointments:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, since 2017.
  • Research Assistant, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2014-2016.
  • FPI Fellow at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2012-2016.

Teaching:

  • Laboratory of Physics I (Laboratory of Data Analysis), 2016. Degree in Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Laboratory of Physics for Biologists, 2016. Degree in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Laboratory of Physics I (Laboratory of Data Analysis), 2015. Degree in Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Publications

6. Vicente-Retortillo, A., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., Lemmon, M.T., and de la Torre-Juárez, M. Determination of dust aerosol particle size at Gale Crater using REMS/UVS and Mastcam measurements, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 3502-3508, doi:10.1002/2017GL072589, 2017.

5. Martinez, G.M., Newman, C., Vicente-Retortillo, A., Fischer, E., Renno, N.O., Richardson, M., Gómez-Fairén, A., Guzewich, S.D., Haberle, R.M., Kemppinen, O., Lemmon, M.T., Smith, M.D., de la Torre-Juárez, M. and Vasavada, A. Characterization of the modern Martian climate near the surface: A review of in-situ data from Viking to Curiosity, Space Science Reviews, doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0360-x, 2017.

4. Vicente-Retortillo, A., Lemmon, M.T., Martínez, G. M., Valero, F., Vázquez, L. and Martín, M. L. Seasonal and interannual variability of solar radiation at Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity landing sites. Física de la Tierra (invited), 28, 111-127, 2016.

3. Martínez, G. M., de la Torre-Juárez, M., Vicente-Retortillo, A., Kemppinen, O., Renno, N. and Lemmon, M. Analysis of the environmental conditions at Gale Crater from MSL/REMS measurements. Física de la Tierra, 28, 163-179, 2016.

2. Martínez, G. M., Fischer, E., Renno, N.O., Sebastián, E., Kemppinen, O., Bridges, N., Borlina, C., Meslin, P.-Y., Genzer, M., Harri, A.-M., Vicente-Retortillo, A., Ramos, M., de la Torre-Juárez, M., Gómez, F., Gómez-Elvira, J., and the REMS team. Likely Frost Events at Gale Crater: Analysis from MSL/REMS measurements. Icarus, 280, 93-102, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.12.004, 2016.

1. Vicente-Retortillo, A., Valero, F., Vázquez, L. and Martínez, G.M. A model to calculate solar radiation fluxes on the Martian surface. Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, 5, A33, doi: 10.1051/swsc/2015035, 2015.

 

Invited talks:

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, 2016

 

Oral presentations:

6. Vicente-Retortillo, A., G. M. Martínez, N. O. Renno, M. T. Lemmon, M. de la Torre-Juárez. Variability of Dust Aerosol Particle Size at Gale Crater using Mastcam and REMS UV Measurements. Sixth International Workshop of the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, January 17-20 2017, Granada, Spain.

5. Martínez, G. M., A. Vicente-Retortillo, A. G. Fairén, E. Fischer, M. Genzer, S. D. Guzewich, R. M. Haberle, A.-M. Harri, O. Kemppinen, M. Lemmon, C. Newman, N. Renno, M. Richardson, M. D. Smith, M. Torre-Juárez, A. R. Vasavada. An Overview of the Dust, CO2 and Water Cycles on Mars as Revealed from In-Situ Environmental Data from the Viking to the Curiosity Rover. Sixth International Workshop of the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations, January 17-20 2017, Granada, Spain.

4. Vicente-Retortillo, A., G. M. Martínez, N. O. Renno, M. T. Lemmon, E. Mason, M. de la Torre-Juárez. Temporal evolution of UV opacity and dust particle size at Gale Crater from MSL/REMS measurements. DPS 48/ EPSC 11, October 17-21 2016, Pasadena, California, USA.

3. Martínez, G. M., A. Vicente-Retortillo, O. Kemppinen, E. Fischer, A. Fairén, S. D.Guzewich, R. M. Haberle, H. Kahanpää, M. Lemmon, C. Newman, N. Renno, M. Richardson, M. D. Smith, M. de la Torre-Juárez, A. Vasavada. Interannual, seasonal and diurnal Mars surface environmental cycles observed from Viking to Curiosity. DPS 48/ EPSC 11, October 17-21 2016, Pasadena, California, USA.

2. Vázquez-Poletti, J. L., I.M. Llorente, M.P. Velasco, A. Vicente-Retortillo, C. Aguirre, R. Caro-Carretero, F. Valero, L. Vázquez. Martian Computing Clouds: A Two Use Case Study. The Seventh Moscow Solar System Symposium, October 10-14, 2016, Moscow, Russia.

1. Vicente-Retortillo, A. Characterization of solar radiation on Mars with the Monte-Carlo method. IX Workshop of Young Researchers in Mathematics, 21-23 September 2015, Madrid, Spain.

 

Poster presentations:

15. Vicente-Retortillo, A., G. M. Martínez, N.O. Renno, M. T. Lemmon and M. de la Torre-Juárez. Dust aerosol particle size at the Mars Science Laboratory landing site. EGU General Assembly 2017, April 23-28 2017, Vienna, Austria.

14. Martínez, G., M., A. Vicente-Retortillo, N. O. Renno and J. Gómez-Elvira. Correction of MSL/REMS UV data from dust deposition and sensor's angular response. EGU General Assembly 2017, April 23-28 2017, Vienna, Austria.

13. Martínez, G., M., A. Vicente-Retortillo, N. O. Renno and J. Gómez-Elvira. Generation of UV radiation data at Gale crater by correcting REMS UV measurements from dust deposition and sensor's angular response. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 20-24 2017, The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

12. Webster, C.R., P. R. Mahaffy, S. K. Atreya, G. Martinez, A. Vicente-Retortillo and the MSL Science Team. Low Background Levels of Mars Methane at Gale Crater Indicate Seasonal Cycle: Updated Results from TLS-SAM on Curiosity. 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, 12-16 December 2016, San Francisco, California, USA.

11. de la Torre Juarez, M., J. Gomez-Elvira, S.D. Guzewich, M.T. Lemmon, G. Martinez, E. Mason, S. Navarro, C.E. Newman, M.D. Smith, A. Vicente Retortillo. Influence of the atmospheric opacity cycle on the near surface environment of Gale Crater on Mars. DPS 48/ EPSC 11, October 17-21 2016, Pasadena, California, USA.

10. Vicente-Retortillo, A., G. M. Martínez, N. O. Renno, M. T. Lemmon, E. L. Mason, M. de la Torre-Juárez. A Novel Technique to Calculate UV Opacity at Gale Crater from MSL/REMS Measurements. EGU General Assembly 2016, April 17-22 2016, Vienna, Austria.

9. Martinez, G., T. McConnochie, N. Renno, P.-Y. Meslin, E. Fischer, A. Vicente-Retortillo, C. Borlina, O. Kemppinen, M. Genzer, A.-M. Harri, M. de la Torre-Juárez, M.-P. Zorzano, J. Martin-Torres, N. Bridges, S. Maurice, O. Gasnault, J. Gomez-Elvira, R. Wiens. Diurnal variation of atmospheric water vapor at Gale crater: Analysis from ground-based measurements. EGU General Assembly 2016, April 17-22 2016, Vienna, Austria.

8. Martínez, G. M., T. McConnochie, N. O. Renno, P.-Y. Meslin, E. Fischer, A. Vicente-Retortillo, C. S. Borlina, O. Kemppinen, M. Genzer, A-M. Harri, M. de la Torre-Juárez, M. P. Zorzano, J. M. Torres, N. Bridges, S. Maurice, O. Gasnault, J. Gómez-Elvira, R.   Wiens and the REMS Team. Diurnal variation of near-surface atmospheric water vapor at Gale Crater: Analysis from REMS and Chemcam measurements. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 21-25 2016, The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

7. Vicente-Retortillo, A., G. M. Martínez, N. O. Renno, M. T. Lemmon, E. L. Mason, M. de la Torre-Juárez. UV Opacity at Gale Crater from MSL/REMS Measurements. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, December 14-18 2015, San Francisco, California, USA.

6. Martínez, G. M., E. Fischer, N. O. Renno, E. Sebastián, O. Kemppinen, N. Bridges, C. S. Borlina, P-Y. Meslin, M. Genzer, A-H. Harri, A. Vicente-Retortillo, M. de la Torre-Juárez, M. Ramos, F. Gómez, J. Gómez-Elvira. Analysis of likely Frost Events and day-to-night Variability in near-surface Water Vapor at Gale. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, December 14-18 2015, San Francisco, California, USA.

5. Mason, E.L., M. Lemmon, M. de la Torre-Juárez, A. Vicente-Retortillo, G. M. Martínez. Constraining Atmospheric Particle Size in Gale Crater Using REMS UV Measurements and Mastcam Observations at 440 and 880 nm. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, December 14-18 2015, San Francisco, California, USA.

4. Vicente-Retortillo, A., F. Valero, L. Vázquez, G. M. Martínez. An approach to calculate solar radiation fluxes on the Martian surface. The Fifth Moscow Solar System Symposium, 13-18 October 2014, Moscow, Russia.

3. Vicente-Retortillo, A., F. Valero, L. Vázquez, G. M. Martínez. An approach to calculate solar radiation fluxes on the Martian surface. European Planetary Science Congress 2014, 7-12 September 2014, Cascais, Portugal.

2. Vicente-Retortillo, A., F. Valero, L. Vázquez, M. L. Martín. Estimation of solar radiation in the atmosphere of Mars under different scenarios from an adapted 1-D radiative transfer model. Planet Mars IV Workshop, 20-25 October 2013, Les Houches, France.

1. Vázquez, L., S. Jiménez, F. Valero, A. Vicente-Retortillo, M. L. Martín, J. J. Jiménez, F. J. Álvarez-Ríos, I. Arruego, V. Apéstigue, J. M. Oter. Solar Irradiance Sensor (SIS) DREAMS-EDM ExoMars 2016. The Fourth Moscow Solar System Symposium, 14-18 October 2013, Moscow, Russia.

Updated: 2017-08-22