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    NASA Ames Research Center

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  • Biography

    Dr. David Des Marais is a senior space scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He has investigated the geochemistry of lunar samples, meteorites and both volcanic and ancient sedimentary rocks from Earth. He coordinated a long-term study of benthic cyanobacterial microbial ecosystems. David is Principal Investigator of the Ames Research Center Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. He is currently a member of the science teams of NASA’s 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission, the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory mission. He has published more than 160 technical articles and chapters on these topics. David is a Fellow of the Geochemical Society, the European Association of Geochemistry, the International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Academy of Microbiology. In 2012 the Geochemical Society awarded him the Alfred Treibs Medal for career achievement in Organic Geochemistry.

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