Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tim McCoy

Chair, Curator of Meteorites
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University
  • M.S., University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Manoa
Research Interests

Meteorites; igneous evolution of small bodies in the early solar system; martian volcanological history derived from meteorites.

Publications
Article
  • DellaGiustina, D. N., Emery, J. P., Golish, D. R., Rozitis, B., Bennett, C. A., Burke, K. N., Ballouz, R-L, Becker, K. J., Christensen, P. R., d'Aubigny, C. Y. Drouet, Hamilton, V. E., Reuter, D. C., Rizk, B., Simon, A. A., Asphaug, E., Bandfield, J. L., Barnouin, O. S., Barucci, M. A., Bierhaus, E. B., Binzel, R. P., Bottke, W. F., Bowles, N. E., Campins, H., Clark, B. C., Clark, B. E. et al. 2019. "Properties of rubble-pile asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx imaging and thermal analysis." Nature Astronomy 3 (4):341–351. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0731-1
  • Donaldson Hanna, K. L., Schrader, D. L., Cloutis, E. A., Cody, G. D., King, A. J., McCoy, Timothy J., Applin, D. M., Mann, J. P., Bowles, N. E., Brucato, J. R., Connolly, H. C., Dotto, E., Keller, L. P., Lim, L. F., Clark, B. E., Hamilton, V. E., Lantz, C., Lauretta, D. S., Russell, S. S., and Schofield, P. F. 2019. "Spectral characterization of analog samples in anticipation of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu: A blind test study." Icarus 319:701–723. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2018.10.018
  • Hamilton, V. E., Simon, A. A., Christensen, P. R., Reuter, D. C., Clark, B. E., Barucci, M. A., Bowles, N. E., Boynton, W., V., Brucato, J. R., Cloutis, E. A., Connolly, H. C., Jr., Hannah, K. L. Donaldson, Emery, J. P., Enos, H. L., Fornasier, S., Haberle, C. W., Hanna, R. D., Howell, E. S., Kaplan, H. H., Keller, L. P., Lantz, C., Li, J-Y, Lim, L. F., McCoy, T. J., Merlins, F. et al. 2019. "Evidence for widespread hydrated minerals on asteroid (101955) Bennu." Nature Astronomy 3 (4):332–340. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0722-2
  • Heck, Philipp R., Herd, Christopher, Grossman, Jeffrey N., Badjukov, Dmitry, Bouvier, Audrey, Bullock, Emma, Chennaoui-Aoudjehane, Hasnaa, Debaille, Vinciane, Dunn, Tasha L., Ebel, Denton S., Ferrière, Ludovic, Garvie, Laurence, Gattacceca, Jérôme, Gounelle, Matthieu, Herd, Richard, Ireland, Trevor, Jacquet, Emmanuel, Macke, Robert J., McCoy, Tim, McCubbin, Francis M., Mikouchi, Takashi, Metzler, Knut, Roskosz, Mathieu, Smith, Caroline, Wadhwa, Meenakshi et al. 2019. "Best practices for the use of meteorite names in publications." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54 (7):1397–1400. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.13291
  • Hergenrother, C. W., Maleszewski, C. K., Nolan, M. C., Li, J-Y, d'Aubigny, C. Y. Drouet, Shelly, F. C., Howell, E. S., Kareta, T. R., Izawa, M. R. M., Barucci, M. A., Bierhaus, E. B., Campins, H., Chesley, S. R., Clark, B. E., Christensen, E. J., DellaGiustina, D. N., Fornasier, S., Golish, D. R., Hartzell, C. M., Rizk, B., Scheeres, D. J., Smith, P. H., Zou, X-D, Lauretta, D. S., Highsmith, D. E. et al. 2019. "The operational environment and rotational acceleration of asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx observations." Nature Communications 10:1291–1291. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09213-x
  • Hilton, Connor D., Beimingham, Katherine R., Walker, Richard J., and McCoy, Timothy J. 2019. "Genetics, crystallization sequence, and age of the South Byron Trio iron meteorites: New insights to carbonaceous chondrite (CC) type parent bodies." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 251:217–228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.02.035
  • Lauretta, D. S., DellaGiustina, D. N., Bennett, C. A., Golish, D. R., Becker, K. J., Balram-Knutson, S. S., Barnouin, O. S., Becker, T. L., Bottke, W. F., Boynton, W. V., Campins, H., Clark, B. E., Connolly, H. C., Jr., d'Aubigny, C. Y. Drouet, Dworkin, J. P., Emery, J. P., Enos, H. L., Hamilton, V. E., Hergenrother, C. W., Howell, E. S., Izawa, M. R. M., Kaplan, H. H., Nolan, M. C., Rizk, B., Roper, H. L. et al. 2019. "The unexpected surface of asteroid (101955) Bennu." Nature 568 (7750):55. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1033-6
  • Lunning, Nicole G., McCoy, Timothy J., Schrader, Devin L., Nagashima, Kazu, Corrigan, Catherine M., Gross, Juliane, and Kracher, Alfred. 2019. "Lewis Cliff 86211 and 86498: Metal-sulfide liquid segregates from a carbonaceous chondrite impact melt." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 259:253–269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.05.032
  • McCoy, T. J., Corrigan, Catherine M., Nagashima, Kazuhide, Reynolds, V. S., Ash, Richard D., McDonough, William F., Yang, J., Goldstein, Joseph I., and Hilton, Connor D. 2019. "The Milton pallasite and South Byron Trio irons: Evidence for oxidation and core crystallization." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 259:358–370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.06.005
  • Scheeres, D. J., McMahon, J. W., French, A. S., Brack, D. N., Chesley, S. R., Farnocchia, D., Takahashi, Y., Leonard, J. M., Geeraert, J., Page, B., Antreasian, P., Getzandanner, K., Rowlands, D., Mazarico, E. M., Small, J., Highsmith, D. E., Moreau, M., Rozitis, B., Hirabayashi, M., Sanchez, P., Van Wal, S., Tricarico, P., Ballouz, R-L, Johnson, C. L., Al Asad, M. M. et al. 2019. "The dynamic geophysical environment of (101955) Bennu based on OSIRIS-REx measurements." Nature Astronomy 3 (4):352–361. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0721-3

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Chapter
  • Hauck, S. A., II, Grott, M., Byrne, P. K., Denevi, B. W., Stanley, S., and McCoy, Timothy J. 2018. "Mercury’s Global Evolution." in Mercury: The View after Messenger, edited by Solomon, Sean C., Nittler, Larry R., and Anderson, Brian J., 516–543. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • McCoy, Timothy J., Peplowski, P. N., McCubbin, F. M., and Weider, S. Z. 2018. "The Geochemical and Mineralogical Diversity of Mercury." in Mercury: The View after Messenger, edited by Solomon, Sean C., Nittler, Larry R., and Anderson, Brian J., 176–190. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nuth, Joseph A., McCoy, Timothy J., Johnson, Natasha, and Abreu, Neyda M. 2018. "Exploring the possible continuum between comets and asteroids." in Primitive Meteorites and Asteroids: Physical, Chemical, and Spectroscopic Observations Paving the Way to Exploration, 409–438. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813325-5.00007-0
  • Herd, Christopher D. K., Moser, Desmond E., Tait, Kimberly, Darling, James R., Shaulis, Barry J., and McCoy, Timothy J. 2017. "Crystallization of baddeleyite in basaltic rocks from Mars, and comparisons with the Earth, Moon, and Vesta." in Microsctructural Geochronology: Planetary records down to atom scale, edited by Moser, D. E., Corfu, F., Darling, J. R., Reddy, S. M., and Tait, K., 137. John Wiley and Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119227250.ch6
  • McCoy, Timothy J. and Bullock, Emma S. 2017. "Differentiation under highly reducing conditions: New insights from enstatite meteorites and Mercury." in Planetesimals: Early differentiation and consequences for planets, edited by Elkins-Tanton, L. T. and Weiss, B. P.,
  • McCoy, Timothy J. 2015. "Meteorite misfits: Fuzzy clues to Solar System processes." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 145–152. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch8
  • McCoy, Timothy J. 2015. "Meteorite misfits: Fuzzy clues to Solar System processes." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 145–152. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch8
  • McSween H.Y., Jr, Harvey R.P., and Corrigan, Catherine M. 2015. "Meteorites from Mars, via Antarctica." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 131–144. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch7
  • Mittlefehldt, D. W. and McCoy, Timothy J. 2015. "Achondrite and irons: Products of magmatism on strongly heated asteroids." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 79–100. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch5
  • Mittlefehldt, D. W. and McCoy, Timothy J. 2015. "Achondrite and irons: Products of magmatism on strongly heated asteroids." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 79–100. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch5
  • Satterwhite C.E., McBride K.M., Corrigan, Catherine M., and Welzenbach, L. C. 2015. "Curation and allocation of samples in the U.S. Antarctic Meteorite Collection." in 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites: A Pictorial Guide to the Collection, edited by Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., McCoy, Timothy J., and Harvey, R. P., 43–64. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118798478.ch3
  • Lentz, R. C. F., McCoy, Timothy J., Collins, L. E., Corrigan, Catherine M., Benedix, Gretchen K., Taylor, G. J., and Harvey, R. P. 2011. "Theo's Flow, Ontario, Candada: a terrestrial analog for the Martian nakhlite meteorites." in Analogs for Planetary Exploration, edited by Garry, W. Brent and Bleacher, Jacob E., 263–277. Geological Society of America Special Paper. Geological Society of America.
  • McCoy, Timothy J., Welzenbach, Linda C., and Corrigan, Catherine M. 2009. "Antarctic Meteorites: Exploring the Solar System from the Ice." in Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science, edited by Krupnik, Igor, Lang, Michael A., and Miller, Scott E., 387–394. IPY. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.097884601X.31
  • Burbine T.H., Rivkin, A. S., Noble, S. K., Mothe-Diniz, T., Bottke, W. F., McCoy, Timothy J., Dyar, M. D., and Thomas, C. A. 2008. "Oxygen and asteroids." in Oxygen in the Solar System, edited by MacPherson, Glenn J., 273–343. Chantilly, VA: Reviewes in Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
  • Clarke, Roy S., Jr., Plotkin, Howard, and McCoy, Timothy J. 2006. "Meteorites and the Smithsonian Institution." in The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections: Fireballs, Falls and Finds, edited by McCall, G. J. H., Bowden, A. J., and Howarth, R. J., 237–265. Geological Society.
  • McCoy, Timothy J., Mittlefehldt, D. W., and Wilson, L. 2006. "Asteroid Differentiation." in Meteorites and the Early Solar System II, edited by Lauretta, Dante S. and Sween Jr, H. Y., 733–745. Univ. of Arizona Press.
  • Weisberg, M. K., McCoy, Timothy J., and Krot, A. N. 2006. "Systematics and evaluation of meteorite classification." in Meteorites and the Early Solar System II, edited by Lauretta, Dante S. and Sween Jr, H. Y., 19–52. Univ. of Arizona Press.
  • Trombka, Jacob I., Starr, Richard D., Groves, Joel, Akkurt, Hatice, Evans, Larry G., McCoy, Timothy J., Parsons, Ann M., Schweitzer, Jeffrey, Amatucci, Edward, and Smith, Miles T. 2005. "A pulsed neutron gamma-ray system for Mars rover missions." in IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2005, 681–690. IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2005.1559358
  • Haack, H. and McCoy, Timothy J. 2003. "Iron and stony-iron meteorites." in Meteorites, Comets and Planets (ed. A. M. Davis) Vol. 1 Treatise on Geochemistry, edited by Holland, H. D. and Turekian, K. K., 325–345. Elsevier-Pergamon.
  • Burbine, Thomas H., McCoy, Timothy J., Meibom, Anders, Gladman, Brett, and Keil, Klaus. 2002. "Meteoritic parent bodies: Their number and identification." in Asteroids III, 653–667. University of Arizona Press.

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Book
  • Righter, K., Corrigan, Catherine M., Harvey, Ralph, and McCoy, Timothy J. , eds. 2015. 35 seasons of U.S. Antarctic meteorites (1976-2010): a pictorial guide to the collection. Washington, D.C. : Hoboken, New Jersey: American Geophysical Union ; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.