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Wendy Calvin, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

Wendy Calvin

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. 1991, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.S. 1983, University of Denver

Research/Outreach Areas:

Spectral properties of minerals and ices; Mars surface processes and materials; planetary exploration; field, laboratory and remote sensing mineral spectroscopy applied to exploration and drilling; geothermal energy.

Relevant Past Experience:

  • Over a decade of sustained research funding through NASA and DOE programs  using remote sensing data sets and laboratory analysis to identify and map the surface composition of solid planets in the solar system.
  • Major scientific discoveries have included identifying oxygen on Ganymede, large path lengths in ice for the seasonal polar cap of Mars, and identification of ammonia ices on Pluto's satellite Charon.
  • Member of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Color Imager (MARCI) and Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) science teams. Service on numerous National Research Council (NRC) and NASA committees related to planetary exploration.
  • Recipient of the Mackay Faculty Achievement Award, the College of Science Excellence in Research Award, and Graduate Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.

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