Without little green men to conquer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and planetary geologist Bethany Ehlmann has been free to direct NASA's Curiosity rover simply to study the ancient rocks and environment of our cool red neighbor.
Bethany Ehlmann is an Assistant Professor at Caltech and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist. Her research interests include:
compositional analysis of planetary surfaces; environmental change over
Mars history; chemical and physical weathering processes on terrestrial
planets; infrared spectroscopy and quantitative radiative transfer
modeling; habitability, rock-microbe interactions, biomarker
preservation; early Earth surface environments; environmental science
and applications of remote sensing; science policy.