I am 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 the Moon and Mars, in particular the history of water there, and on the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. I also work on advancing the human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The HMP is a field research project on Devon Island, Arctic, where we plan future human missions to the Moon and Mars.


I have been drawing and painting since childhood, and am now a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). I draw and paint about space and time, mostly Mars exploration. I also love to fly. I'm an FAA-certified helicopter commercial pilot and flight instructor. Earth is so beautiful from above.


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 often do K-12 school visits to talk about Moon/Mars exploration and encourage students to go into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields. If you are interested in me visiting your school, just drop me a note here under Contact.


I am grateful to all my family, friends, and dogs, for their love and support.

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