Join us on November 30th (6:00-8:00 p.m.) for an exciting installment of Spark Talk with Dr. Kirsten Siebach, Postdoctoral Associate at Stony Brook University. Ticket link coming soon!
The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012, and has since analyzed the rock record and made discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of the Red Planet. Dr. Siebach will share the story of helping operate Curiosity for the last five years, from picking a landing site to daily drives, and the lessons Curiosity has taught us about Mars so far!
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Kirsten Siebach will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Rice University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Space Sciences in the Fall of 2018! She is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Stony Brook University and a member of the Science and Operations Teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory. Her research focuses on understanding the history of water interacting with sediments on Mars through analysis of sedimentary rock textures and chemistry. She completed her PhD in Geology at Caltech in May of 2016 with a dissertation titled “Formation and Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks in Gale Crater, Mars”. Prior to Caltech, she attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Earth & Planetary Science and Chemistry in 2011.