Alumni

Oded Aharonson

Oded Aharonson

Expertise: Planetary Science
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology
Certification/Education:
B.S. Applied & Engineering Physics, (1994) Cornell University
M.Eng. Applied & Engineering Physics, (1995) Cornell University
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences, (2002) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PADI Open Water Diver

Alessandro Airo

Alessandro Airo

Expertise: Geobiologist
Affiliation: Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
Certification/Education:
MS in Biochemistry (Free University Berlin, 2000)
currently: Ph.D. student in Geology (Stanford University, start 2002)
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Richard Arnold
Deepworker Pilot

Richard Arnold

Expertise: NASA Astronaut - Marine Science
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
BS Frostburg State University
MS University of Maryland
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Greg Baiden
Participating Scientist, Underwater Telerobotic Sub Operation

Greg Baiden

Expertise: Robotics and Automation
Affiliation: Laurentian University
Certification/Education:
Manager - Mines Research Inco Limited, 1986 to 2001
Ph.D. (Mining Engineering) McGill University, 1993
M.Sc. (Mining Engineering) Queen's University, 1986
B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) Queen's University, 1984
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute - Civil Engineering
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Kim Binsted
Participating Scientist

Kim Binsted

Expertise: Space Exploration, Astrobiology
Affiliation: CSA / U. of Hawaii
Certification/Education:
BSc Physics (McGill 1991), PhD Artificial Intelligence (Edinburgh 1996)
MS Planetary Geology (Hawaii, in progress)
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John Bird

John Bird

Expertise: Engineer (Underwater Acoustics, Signal Processing, Sonar)
Affiliation: Simon Fraser University
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (1980) Electrical Engineering, Carleton University
B.A. Sc. (1973) Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia
Dip. of Technology (1968) Electrical/Electronics, British Columbia Institute of Technology
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Janice Bishop

Janice Bishop

Expertise: Spectroscopy & Mineralogy)
Affiliation: SETI Institute & NASA-Ames Reserach Center
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. in Chemistry (and Planetary Science), Brown University , 1994
M.S. in Applied Earth Science (Remote Sensing), Stanford University , 1988
B.S. in Chemistry, Stanford University , 1988
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Sherry Cady

Sherry Cady

Expertise: Astrobiology, Biosignatures, Geomicrobiology
Affiliation: Portland State University

Amy M Chan
Participating Scientist

Amy Chan

Expertise: Aquatic Microbiology & Virology
Affiliation: Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
BSc. (Biology) University of British Columbia
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Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan

Expertise: Geomicrobiology
Affiliation: The University of Hong Kong
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (current) Astrobiology (The University of Hong Kong)
M.S. (2005) Geology (Iowa State University)
B.Sc. (2002) Geology (Iowa State University)
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Ben Cowie
PLRP Education and Public Outreach

Ben Cowie

Expertise: Isotope Geochemistry
Affiliation: The University of Calgary
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (current) The University of Calgary
M.Sc. (2008) McMaster University
B.Sc. (2006) McMaster University
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Alfonso F. Davila

Alfonso F. Davila

Expertise: Astrobiology, Planetary Sciences
Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (Robotics) Carnegie Mellon University
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Bill Dearing
Communication and Video Systems

Bill Dearing

Expertise: Telescience and Network Engineering
Affiliation: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Certification/Education:
B.S. (Chemical Engineering) Tennessee Technological University
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Greg Druschel

Greg Druschel

Expertise: Microbial Geochemistry and Redox Geochemistry
Affiliation: University of Vermont
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. Geochemistry (2002) University of Wisconsin
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Jonathan Fether
Deepworker Technical Support

Jonathan Fether

Expertise: Submersible life support systems
Affiliation: Nuytco Research
Certification/Education:
BCIT machinist red seal
US navy life support systems technician
Hardsuit pilot
Deepworker pilot
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Jan Finke
Ph.D. Student

Jan Finke

Expertise: Environmental microbiology and virology
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. Biology, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
M.Sc. Limnology & Oceanography, University of Amsterdam
Ph.D. Student in the Suttle Lab, University of British Columbia
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Alex Forrest
Ph.D. Student, Deepworker Pilot, Gavia Pilot

Alex Forrest

Expertise: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (current) Environmental Fluid Mechanics, UBC
M.A.Sc. Environmental Engineering (2004), UBC
B.Eng. Chemical Engineering and Society (2002), McMaster University
B.Sc. Geoscience (2002), McMaster University
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Steven Fotheringham
Teacher Participant

Steven Fotheringham

Expertise: Education
Affiliation: Oakville Trafalgar High School
Certification/Education:
B.Ed. - Chemistry/Biology (2007) University of Western Ontario
Hon. B.Sc. - Biochemistry (2005) McMaster University
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Matthew Fox
Mission Planner, Lead Timeliner

Matthew Fox

Expertise: Mission Planning, ISS Operations Planning
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University
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Chris Hadfield
CSA Astronaut

Chris Hadfield

Expertise: CSA Astronaut
Affiliation: Canadian Space Agency
Certification/Education:
B.Eng. RMC, Kingston
M.Sc. University of Tennessee
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Andrew Hamilton
Ph.D. Student, Gavia Pilot

Andrew Hamilton

Expertise: Biophysical Oceanography
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. Candidate (Environmental Fluid Mechanics), University of British Columbia
M.Sc. (Oceanography) University of British Columbia
B.Sc. (Biology) University of Alberta
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Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen

Expertise: Isotope Geochemistry
Affiliation: McMaster University
Certification/Education:
BSc. Candidate Earth Science (McMaster University)
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Ian Hawes
Participating Scientist

Ian Hawes

Expertise: Photosynthesis
Affiliation: Aquatic Research Solutions
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (Phycology) University of Durham, UK
B.Sc. (Marine Biology) University of Liverpool, UK
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Jeff Heaton

Jeff Heaton

Expertise: Operations Supervisor and Lead Submersible Pilot
Affiliation: Nuytco Research
Certification/Education:
B.Sc.
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Jennifer Jadwick
Participating Scientist, Data Management

Jennifer Jadwick

Expertise: EVA Physiology and Operations
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Texas A&M University, 1993
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Barbara Janoiko
Science Stenographer

Barbara Janoiko

Expertise: Analogs, Desert RATS, and Suit Ports
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
NAUI Scuba Certification
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Piotr Jasiobedzki
Participant

Piotr Jasiobedzki

Expertise: Computer vision and robotics
Affiliation: MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Space Missions
Certification/Education:
PhD Computer Vision and Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
MEng Computer Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
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Bernard Laval
CSA CARN Logistical Contract PI

Bernard Laval

Expertise: Physical Limnologist
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
BASc Engineering Physics, UBC
MSc Physical Oceanography, McGill
PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia
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Sasha LeBaron
Deepworker Technical Support

Sasha LeBaron

Expertise: Manned Submersible Navigation Technician
Affiliation: Nuytco Research
Certification/Education:
DeepWorker 2000 Navigation, Communication and Maintenance technician
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Lisa Leoni

Lisa Leoni

Expertise: Isotope Geochemistry
Affiliation: McMaster University
Certification/Education:
M.Sc. (current) Earth Science - Geochemistry (McMaster University)
B.Sc.(2004) Earth Science- Geochemistry (McMaster University)
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Megan Levins

Megan Levins

Expertise: Space Station Robotics Training and Control
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
BS (Physics) University of Nevada, Reno
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Gary Lippman
Support Diver

Gary Lippman

Expertise: Scuba Diving
Affiliation: Foreshore Technologies Inc
Certification/Education:
Occupational Scuba diver, and inshore surface supply diver.
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Dana Lis
PLRP EPO Lead

Dana Lis

Expertise: Sport Nutrition
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. Dietetics
IOC Dipl. Sports Nutriton (c)
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Chris Looper
Participating Scientist

Expertise: Extravehicular Activity Hardware Development and Operations
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
Chief Engineer for the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Branch of the Astronaut Office

Stanley G. Love
NASA Astronaut

Expertise: NASA Astronaut
Affiliation: NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. (Physics), Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
M.Sc, University of Washington
Ph.D, University of Washington
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Mathieu Lyonnais
Field Assistant

Matthieu Lyonnais

Expertise: Molecular Biology
Affiliation: Université du Québec à Montréal
Certification/Education:
B. Sc. student (biology) UQAM, 2010
PADI Open Water Diver
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Sean Maday
Geospatial Engineer

Sean Maday

Expertise: Visualization of Geospatial Data
Affiliation: Google
Certification/Education:
BA and MS from Michigan State University
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Marianne Mader
PhD Student, Planetary Science

Marianne Mader

Expertise: Geology
Affiliation: Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, University of Western Ontario
Certification/Education:
M.Sc. - Space Studies, International Space University, Strasbourg, France
M.Sc. - Earth Science, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
B.Sc. Earth Science, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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Margarita "Mars" Marinova
Deepworker Pilot

Margarita Marinova

Expertise: Planetary Surfaces
Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center - Space Sciences Division; BAER Institute
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. - Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
M.Sc. - Planetary Science, Caltech
Ph.D. - Planetary Science, Caltech
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Jessica Marquez

Jessica Marquez

Expertise: Human System Integration, Human Computer Interaction
Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. (Human-Systems Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Damien McCombs
First Aid Attendant

Damien McCombs

Expertise: Safety / First Aid / Communications
Affiliation: University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Certification/Education:
Mechanical Engineering Design (BCIT), BFA (UBC), OFA LEVEL III, Advanced Wilderness First Aid
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Christopher McKay

Christopher McKay

Expertise: Planetary Geologist
Affiliation: Space Science Division - NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education:
Ph.D.
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Bree Mireau
Education Team Leader

Bree Mireau

Expertise: Education
Affiliation: Riverside Secondary School
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. (Ecology) Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC.
B. Ed (Secondary Sciences - Biology) University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC.
M.Sc. (Science Communication) Dalarna University, Borlange Sweden.
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Geoff Mullins

Geoff Mullins

Expertise: Underwater Acoustics
Affiliation: Simon Fraser University, Engineering Science, Underwater Research Laboratory
Certification/Education:
B.ASC Engineering Physics - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
M.ASC Engineering Physics - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
PHD (on-going) - Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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Stephanie Nebel
Ph.D. Student, Gavia Pilot

Stephanie Nebel

Expertise: Barrier Island Dynamics
Affiliation: University of Delaware
Certification/Education:
A.B. in Geology, Bryn Mawr College, 2005
M.S. in Geology, University of Delaware, 2009
Ph.D. in Geology, University of Delaware, current
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Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson

Expertise: Virology
Affiliation: Integrated Sciences, University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. Student
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Gordon "Oz" Osinski

Gordon 'Oz' Osinski

Expertise: Geology
Affiliation: Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. Geology (2004) University of New Brunswick, Canada
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology (1999) University of St. Andre ws, Scotland
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Briana Palmer

Briana Palmer

Expertise: Studio Arts: Printmaking and Sculpture
Affiliation: School of the Arts, McMaster University
Certification/Education:
BFA, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
MFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton
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Heather Paul
Analog Lead Technical Liaison for Education and Public Outreach

Heather Paul

Expertise: Space Suit Life Support Development and Education and Public Outreach
Affiliation: NASA
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.A. in Spanish, Auburn University
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Arts in Fitness and Human Performance, University of Houston - Clear Lake
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Weston Pike
MASc Student, Gavia Pilot

Weston Pike

Expertise: In-water robotic photographic surveys, Ecology and Environmental sciences
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
MASc (Current) Environmental Fluid Mechanics; Civil Engineering (UBC)
BSc (2005) Ecology and Environmental Biology (Thompson Rivers University)
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David J. Pogue

David J. Pogue

Expertise: Crew Systems and Crew Survival Operations
Affiliation: NASA Johnson Space Center
Certification/Education:
M. Engineering, Bioengineering, Texas A&M University;
B.S. Bioengineering, Texas A&M University
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Steve Pointing

Steve Pointing

Expertise: Molecular Microbial Ecology
Affiliation: Extremophiles Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
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Mike Reay
Deepworker Technical Support

Mike Reay

Expertise: Submersible construction & operations
Affiliation: Nuytco Research
Certification/Education:
Diploma of Technology (Electronics and Industrial Automation) BCIT
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Jeff Rozon
Deepworker Technical Support

Jeff Rozon

Expertise: Deepworker Electronics/Operations Technology
Affiliation: Nuytco Research
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. (Marine Biology) Guelph University, 1994
Nuytco Research Submersible Technician/Pilot
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Lauren Rush

Lauren Rush

Expertise: Operations and Planning Engineer
Affiliation: NASA
Certification/Education:
BS Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
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Mark Saffari

Mark Saffari

Expertise: Senior Chemist
Affiliation: Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region, Pacific Environmental Science Centre, North Vancouver, BC
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. in Chemistry (Simon Fraser University)
B. Tech. in Environmental Engineering (BCIT)
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David Saint-Jacques
Participating Scientist

David Saint-Jacques

Affiliation: CSA
Certification/Education:
B.Eng, MD, PhD (physics)
Currently undergoing Astronaut Candidate Training at NASA-JSC
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Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Expertise: Astrobiology, Hydrogeology
Affiliation: Washington State University
Certification/Education:
Ph.D., 1996, currently Associate Professor
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Rebekah Shepard

Rebekah Shepard

Expertise: Geobiologist/Astrobiologist
Affiliation: University of California, Davis
Certification/Education:
Ph.D. Candidate
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Laura Simon
Research Asistant/ Artist

Laura Simon

Expertise: Painting/ Printmaking
Affiliation: McMaster University
Certification/Education:
Honours Art, (in progress)
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Jennifer Stonehouse
Education Team Leader

Jennifer Stonehouse

Expertise: Education
Affiliation: Diamond Elementary School
Certification/Education:
BA Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
BEd (Elementary), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
M.Sc (Science Communication), University of Dalarna, Borlange Sweden
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Curtis Suttle
MARSLIFE Contract PI

Curtis Suttle

Expertise: Environmental microbiology and virology
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
BSc Zoology (Hon)
PhD Botany
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Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

Expertise: Photography, Diving, Flying, Boating
Affiliation: NASA Ames Spaceward Bound
Certification/Education:
New York Institute of Photography
Advanced Open Water Instructor 28573, SSI
Flight Safety International: Commercial Multi Engine Pilot
Chapman School of Seamanship
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Rick White

Expertise: Microbial Genomics
Affiliation: UBC
Certification/Education:
MS (Molecular Biology)
PhD Student (Microbiology/Immunology) - Curtis Suttle Lab
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Mary Beth Wilhelm
Field Assistant

Mary Beth Wilhelm

Expertise: Planetary Science
Affiliation: Cornell University/NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. Student (Physics and Astronomy) Cornell University 2012
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Danielle M. Winget
Participating Scientist

Danielle Winget

Expertise: Marine Virology
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
B.S. (Biology) Florida State University
Ph.D. (Marine Science) University of Delaware
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