B.S. (geology), Hobart College, 1979

M.S. (geology), University of Montana, 1981

Ph.D. (geology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985

Professional Experience

Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, 1985-1988

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, 1985-1987

Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, 1987-1988

Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988-1991

Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991-1995

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995-2001

Waldemar Lindgren Distinguished Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998-2001

Director, Earth Resources Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999-2003

Robert E. Shrock Professor of Geology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001-2005

Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2005-present

Chief Scientist, Mars Science Laboratory Rover, 2006-2015.

Major Research Interests

Sedimentology; stratigraphy; geobiology; ancient surface processes on Earth and Mars. Field-based investigations of depositional systems are the starting point for analysis of past processes, interactions between life and environment, and tectonic and climatic regimes.

Honors and Awards

Senior Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1992; Distinguished Lecturer, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1997-98; Henno Martin Medal, Geological Society of Namibia, 2002; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2002; Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2004-06; Moore Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2004; NASA Group Achievement Award, Mars Exploration Rovers Science, 2006; Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal, National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Career Achievement Award, Geological Society of America, Division of Geobiology and Geomicrobiology, 2010.