UW Prof. David Catling to Speak on Mars Geological History at 2024 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. David Catling, Professor in the Earth & Space Sciences Department and the Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington (Seattle), will be a plenary speaker at the 27th Annual International Mars Society Convention this August.

Dr. Catling’s presentation, “Live Fast, Die Young, and Leave a Red Corpse: The Environmental Evolution of Mars,” will explore the changes in Mars’ environment over its geological history and discuss the potential for life on the Red Planet, both in the past and today.

His research focuses on the co-evolution of planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and life, with a goal of understanding planetary habitability. Dr. Catlin has played a key role in NASA’s Mars exploration efforts, including the successful Phoenix Mission to Mars’ northern polar region in 2008.

Dr. Catling earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and worked as a planetary scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center before joining the UW faculty in 2001.

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