Dr. Andrew M. Davis
ANDREW M. DAVIS is professor and chair of the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago where he also serves as professor of Geological Sciences at the Enrico Fermi Institute. His primary research interests are in isotopic and chemical analysis of (1) presolar, circumstellar dust grains recovered from meteorites to study stellar nucleosynthesis, (2) refractory inclusions within primitive meteorites to study the earliest history of the Solar System, and (3) samples of cometary and interstellar dust, the Sun, and asteroids returned to Earth by the Stardust, Genesis, and Hayabusa spacecraft (and in future, OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa 2). He served for many years on the Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM), chairing the Genesis Sample Allocation Subcommittee and serving on the Stardust Sample Allocation Subcommittee. Over the past few years, the Chicago Instrument for Laser Ionization (CHILI) has been built in his laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in geochemistry from Yale University.
Dr. Melinda D. Dyar
MELINDA DARBY DYAR is the Kennedy-Schelkunoff professor and chair of Astronomy at Mr. Holoyoke College. Her research includes study of both extraterrestrial (lunar and meteorites, including those from Mars) and terrestrial rock types. She served as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and is deputy PI on the VOX mission to Venus currently submitted to NASA’s New Frontiers program. She is deputy PI of the Institute for Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration based at Stony Brook University and a member of three other Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institutes at Brown University, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Planetary Science Institute. Dr. Dyar has 36 years of experience in the field of mineral spectroscopy, including optical, FTIR, LIBS, Mössbauer, x-ray absorption (XAS, synchrotron) and many other types of spectroscopy. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of technolgoy. Dr. Dyar is a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and was the 2016 recipient of the J.K. Gilbert award from the Geological Society of America for her outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology. She has no prior experience working with the National Academies.
Dr. Alan W. Harris
ALAN W. HARRIS is a research scientist with MoreData! Inc., which takes and interprets photometric observations of asteroids and is funded by NASA and NSF. He has served as a member of the selection and review committee for the current NASA Discovery mission call, that resulted in the selection of missions Lucy and Psyche. Dr. Harris retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after 28 years of service as a senior research scientist and as a principal investigator of NASA-sponsored research grant(s). He has served on numerous proposal and program review panels for NASA and NSF, as well as international committees. For example, while not a formal member of the Academies Committee to Review Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies, he presented at one of the meetings and provided expert review of the final report. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in earth and space sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Amanda R. Hendrix
AMANDA R. HENDRIX is a senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute. Dr. Hendrix’s research interests focus on moons and small bodies in the solar system to understand composition, activity and evolution. Dr. Hendrix has led programs and published results in the Hubble Space Telescope, JSDAP, PG&G, OPR, LASER, and CDAP programs, among others. Dr. Hendrix is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP teams, was a co-investigator on the Galileo UVS team and served as the Cassini Deputy Project Scientist. In 2016 she published a book (Penguin/Random House) with co-author Charles Wohlforth, Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets, a discussion of the technological, medical, and social hurdles to overcome in considering a human space establishment in the outer solar system. She earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with an emphasis in planetary science from the University of Colorado. She is a co-chair of the Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds group, serves as a steering committee member of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG), and is a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Europa Advisory committee.
Dr. Bruce M. Jakosky
BRUCE M. JAKOSKY is a professor in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also an associate director for science at LASP. Dr. Jakosky’s research interests are in the geology of planetary surfaces, the evolution of the Martian atmosphere and climate, the potential for life on Mars and elsewhere, and the philosophical and societal issues in astrobiology. He has been involved with the Viking, Solar Mesosphere Explorer, Clementine, Mars Observer, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Science Laboratory, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft missions. Dr. Jakosky headed the University of Colorado’s team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute for more than ten years. He also is the principal investigator of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to Mars. He has published nearly 200 papers in the refereed scientific literature, and has authored or co-authored a number of books, including “The Search for Life on Other Planets” and “Science, Society, and the Search for Life in the Universe”. Dr. Jakosky received his Ph.D. in planetary science and geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He has served on the Academies Committee on Origins and Evolution of Life and the Committee on Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars.
Dr. Margaret G. Kivelson
MARGARET G. KIVELSON (NAS) is a professor of Space Physics, emerita in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kivelson’s scientific interests are magnetospheric plasma physics of Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, interaction of flowing plasmas with planets and moons, and ultra-low frequency waves. She is currently a co-investigator on the Themis and Europa missions, and a collaborator on the fluxgate magnetometer on Cassini. She is the recipient of the Alfven Medal of the European Geophysical Union and the Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Kivelson earned her Ph.D. in physics from Radcliffe College. She has served on the Academies’ Committee on NASA Science Mission Extensions, the Plasma Science Committee, and the Committee on Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022. Dr. Kivelson is a participant on the Europa flyby mission magnetosphere science team, but she is not involved in decision making or as an advocate for the instrument.
Dr. Scott L. Murchie
SCOTT MURCHIE is the Planetary Exploration Group supervisor in the Space Exploration Sector of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory(APL). His research focuses on the stratigraphy and formation of planetary crusts, how planetary crusts incorporate and are modified by volatiles, and the composition and geologic processes of asteroids and planetary moons. Dr. Murchie’s research combines imaging and spectroscopy, synergistically and where possible together with measurements of elemental composition, for multidisciplinary measurement approaches. Currently, he is a co-investigator on the Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE). As a co-investigator on MESSENGER, he helped to conceive the overall mission concept, and played a leading role in design of the imaging and reflectance spectroscopic investigations of Mercury's crustal composition, stratigraphy, and evolution. As principal investigator of the CRISM imaging spectrometer on MRO, he led the design and implementation of the investigation, analysis of the data, and dissemination of user-friendly CRISM data products which have supported over 600 refereed publications to date. For these efforts he received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. Dr. Murchie received his Ph.D. in geological and earth science from Brown Universitiy. He has no prior experience working with the National Academies.
Dr. Juan Perez-Mercader
JUAN PEREZ-MERCADER is a senior research fellow and principal investigator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His current research interests are in the Experimental Physics and Chemistry of Self-Organization, Information in Non-equilibrium Physico-chemical Systems, Chemical Computation, Origins of Life, Theoretical Biology and Life Detection in Planetary Environments. Dr. Perez-Mercader previously served as the first director of Spain’s Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB), which he founded in 1998 in association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. He is also Profesor de Investigación in Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He has authored about 150 research papers published in the best journals and five books, including a best-selling popular science book in Spanish. Dr. Perez-Mercader has two patents in biotechnology and one on chemical computers. He is also an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dr. Perez-Mercader is the recipient of many honors and distinctions. Among these are one of the prizes given in 1994 by the Gravity Research Foundation, the European Physical Society Lecturer for the 2005 Celebrations in Bern of Einstein's 1905 work there, and the NASA Public Service Medal (NASA's highest honor to a non-NASA employee) and NASA's Group Achievement Award for exceptional achievement on REMS. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the City College of New York. He has served on the Academies Committee on the Review of NASA's Planetary Science Division's Restructured Research and Analysis Programs.
Mr. Mark P. Saunders
MARK P. SAUNDERS is an independent consultant. Since retiring from NASA in December 2008, he has been consulting to various NASA offices providing program/project management and systems engineering expertise. This effort has included support to the Office of Chief Engineer, the Office of Independent Program and Cost Evaluation, the Mars Program and the Science Office for Mission Assessments (at Langley Research Center). He has participated in the rewriting of NASA’s policy on program/project management; advised and supported the Agency’s independent program/project review process; and has supported the review of various programs and projects. At NASA headquarters he served as director of the independent program assessment office, where he was responsible for enabling the independent review of the Agency’s programs and projects at life cycle milestones to ensure the highest probability of mission success. At NASA’s Langley Research Center he was initially the deputy director and then the director, Space Access and Exploration Program Office (SAEPO) and had the responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the center's research, technology, and flight programs for advanced aerospace transportation and human/robotic exploration systems. Prior to this he was the Manager of Exploration Programs and led all LaRC space exploration research and development activities supporting the agency’s Aerospace Technology (AST), Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS), and Space Science Enterprises (SSE). At the office of space science he served as program manager for the Discovery Program, and at the Space Station Freedom program operations he served as special assistant to the deputy director. He received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Outstanding Performance awards, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. He earned his B.A. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in industrial engineering. He has served on the Academies Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences.
Dr. Suzanne Smrekar
SUZANNE SMREKAR is a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is a geophysicist with a focus on terrestrial planet evolution. She is currently the deputy principal investigator for the InSight Mission to Mars, and for InSights’ Heat flow and Physical Properties Package. Her research includes modeling of tectonic, volcanic, and convective processes, as well as analysis of gravity, topography, radar, imaging, and spectral data. Dr. Smrekar has served on various NASA science definition teams, working groups, and review panels, as well as on scientific organizing committees and as an editor for books and journal special issues. She has led the development of instrumentation to measure planetary heat flow, and has had science leadership roles on several planetary missions. She received her Ph.D. in geophysics from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. David J. Stevenson
DAVID J. STEVENSON (NAS) is the Marvin L. Goldberger professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Stevenson’s research primary focus is on theoretical planetary science, including Earth, large moons, and planets in other solar systems. His research applies condensed matter physics and fluid dynamics to data from space missions, including NASA’s Galileo, Cassini, and Juno missions. Dr. Stevenson previously served as both the chairman of the GPS Division and the chairman of the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Stevenson was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academies. He is also a fellow of the AGU, the AAAS, and the Royal Society in London. He is a winner of the DPS (AAS) Urey Prize, AGU’s Whipple Award and the Hess Medal. Dr. Stevenson received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University. He served on the Astro2010 Panel on Planetary Systems and Star Formation, the Committee on Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022, the Panel on Solar System Exploration and the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science.