I'm a planetary scientist with two non-profit research organizations, the Mars Institute and the SETI Institute. I'm also director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.       My research focuses on Mars (in particular the history of water on Mars), asteroids, and the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. I also work on advancing the human exploration of Mars. The HMP is a field research project on Devon Island in the Arctic, that's helping plan future human missions to Mars.

I've been drawing and painting since childhood, and am a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). I also love to fly. I'm a helicopter pilot and flight instructor. I recently published my first book, a training manual for kids interested in going to Mars. The book is titled MISSION: MARS   and is published by Scholastic. I am grateful to my family, friends, and dogs, for their love and support.

Here I am in an experimental spacesuit in the Arctic. Photo by Kira Lorber.