Portrait of Wendy Calvin

Wendy Calvin, Ph.D.

Daniel A. and Edith E. O’Keefe Endowed Professor for the Mackay School, Foundation Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering Chair


Dr. Calvin is a planetary scientist specializing in optical and infrared spectroscopy of minerals and ices. She uses remote sensing data sets, laboratory and field analysis to identify and map the surface composition of solid planets in the solar system, including Earth.

Research interests

Mars surface alteration and polar processes, Earth as an analog for Mars, geothermal energy, terrestrial snow and ice.


  • Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991
  • B.S. Physics/Math, University of Denver, 1983