I seek to understand how the surfaces of planets form and evolve, and how they interact with ice, wind, and the harsh environment of space. To accomplish this goal, I harness the vast amount of remote sensing data gathered by NASA spacecrafts and analyze them using statistics, machine and deep learning. As a member of the LRO Diviner team, I work on a variety of problems related to the way surface roughness affects the surface temperature and the stability of ice on the Moon.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford University, working with Mathieu Lapotre on applying Artificial Intelligence to map and investigate topographic features on the surface of Mars. Before that, I completed my PhD at UCLA, working with David Paige on problems related to radiometry and geomorphology on the Moon and Mercury, and my Master's degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where I worked with Oded Aharonson on modeling temperatures and ice stability on airless planetary surfaces. My undergraduate research projects focussed on characterizing Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) with Yoav Yair (the Open University) and Colin Price (Tel-Aviv University).

Apart from research, I am also very much involved in science outreach. I am the scientific editor-in-chief of "Mada Gadol Bektana" (literal translation: little-big science; "Science in a Nutshell"), the largest science outreach non-profit organization in Israel, which operates a popular Facebook page and website. From time to time I also publish articles on planetary science or astronomy in Israeli news sites (e.g. on the evidence for the existence of a planetary mass object in the Kuipter Belt, based on this paper).



Publications in Peer Reviewed Journal and Books

  1. Rubanenko, L., Powell, T.M, Williams, J.-P., Daubar, I., Edgett, K. S., Paige, D. A., In Press (2020). 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, c. 9.

  2. Powell, T.M, Rubanenko, L., Williams, J.-P., Paige, D. A., In Press (2020). 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, c. 9.

  3. Rubanenko, L., Schorghofer, N., Greenhagen, B.T. and Paige, D.A., 2020. Equilibrium Temperatures and Directional Emissivity of Sunlit Airless Surfaces With Applications to the Moon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125(6) (Link).

  4. Rubanenko, L., Venkatraman, J. and Paige, D.A., Thick ice deposits in shallow simple craters on the Moon and Mercury, Nature Geoscience, 2019. 10.1038/s41561-019-0405-8. (Link).

  5. 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, 2018, Wiley (Link).

  6. Rubanenko, L., Aharonson, O., Stability of Ice on the Moon with Rough Topography, Icarus, 2017, Academic Press (Link).

  7. Yair, Y., Price, C., Katzenelson, D., Rosenthal, N., Rubanenko, L., Ben-Ami, Y., Arnone, E., Sprite climatology in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Atmospheric Research, 157, 108-118, 2015, Elsevier (Link).

  8. Yair, Y., Rubanenko, L., Mezuman, K., Elhalel, G., Pariente, M., Glickman-Pariente, M., Ziv, B., Takahashi, Y., 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, Elsevier (Link).