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Dr. David Grinspoon

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in DC
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Mars, Pluto, Venus
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach (EPO)
Missions: MSL, New Horizons

Research Interests

Dr. David Grinspoon studies surface-atmospheric interactions on terrestrial planets, atmospheric evolution and habitability, and planetary-scale human influences on the Earth system. 

Professional History

Prior to joining PSI in 2014, Dr. Grinspoon was the Inaugural Baruch S. Blumberg/NASA Chair of Astrobiology at the United States Library of Congress. Grinspoon is Co-I on the Chemistry of Titan Lead Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Interdisciplinary Scientist Venus Express, Co-I on the RAD instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory.

Honors and Awards

2007, Named “Alpha Geek” by WIRED Magazine
2006, Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science, American Astronomical Society
2004, PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction for Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life
1998, Finalist for 1997 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Venus Revealed
1989, Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award, University of Arizona

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