Meet Our Scientists

Mark Showalter team Meet Our Scientists - Mark Showalter  -  Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter is rabid about rings. While everyone knows about Saturn’s spectacular ring system, it’s often forgotten that Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune are also encircled by fainter and narrower rings.
Alfonso Davila Meet Our Scientists - Alfonso Davila  -  Alfonso F. Davila, a research scientist at the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center, studies a broad range of subjects that includes planetary habitability, geology and geochemistry, and the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
Elisa Quintana Meet Our Scientists - Elisa Quintana  -  Elisa Quintana is a Research Scientist with the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center where she works on the Kepler Mission to help search for and characterize extrasolar planets. Most recently, she led a team of astronomers to confirm Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet found to orbit within the habitable zone of another star.
Dale Andersen Meet Our Scientists - Dale Andersen  -  Dale Andersen is the American leader of a joint US/Soviet expedition to Antarctica. He has spent six months with a multinational, multicultural crew in this remote, hostile environment, carrying out research relevant to the search for life on Mars.
Peter Jenniskens Meet Our Scientists - Peter Jenniskens  -  Peter Jenniskens, Senior Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, runs the NASA sponsored Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) project in northern California, which aims to confirm some of the 300+ meteor showers in the IAU Working List that need confirmation.
Lori Fenton in desert Meet Our Scientists - Lori Fenton  -  Lori Fenton's primary research interests include aeolian geomorphology (how wind shapes a planetary surface) on Venus, Earth, Mars, and Titan; recent and ongoing climate changes; and the mobility of wind-blown sand and dust.
Nathalie Cabrol Meet Our Scientists - Nathalie Cabrol  -  Nathalie Cabrol is a planetary scientist, an explorer, and a leader of research projects in astrobiology and extreme terrestrial environments, planetary missions, and robotics.
Janice Bishop Meet Our Scientists - Janice Bishop  -  Janice Bishop is a chemist and Senior Planetary scientist at the SETI Institute who explores the planet Mars using spectroscopy.
Franck Marchis Meet Our Scientists - Franck Marchis  -  Franck Marchis, Senior Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute, is involved in the definition of a new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes.