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Bethany L. Ehlmann

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-301

Pasadena, CA 91109


Caltech: 626.395.6720 JPL: 818.354.2027



Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary Science

JPL Affiliate, Caltech Professor of Planetary Science


  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences,¬†Brown University (2010)
  • M.Sc., Geography, University of Oxford (2007)
  • M.Sc., Environmental Change & Management, Univ. of Oxford (2005)
  • A.B., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis (2004)

Research Interests

Interests include planetary surface processes, infrared spectroscopy, the evolution of Mars, chemical weathering and hydrothermal alteration, and the development of planetary science instrumentation.

Selected Awards

  • Urey Prize, Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society (2017)
  • Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (2015); AGU Fellow (2015)
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (2015)
  • Mineralogical Society of America, Distinguished Lecturer, (2014-2015)
  • National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 125th anniversary class (2013)
  • Zeldovich Medal, Comm. B (Planetary Science), awarded by Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Selected Publications

  1. Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Edwards, Christopher S. (2014) Mineralogy of the Martian Surface. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42 . pp. 291-315. ISSN 0084-6597.
  2. Hu, Renyu and Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Seager, Sara (2012) Theoretical Spectra of Terrestrial Exoplanet Surfaces. Astrophysical Journal, 752 (1). Art. No. 7. ISSN 0004-637X.
  3. Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2011) Subsurface water and clay mineral formation during the early history of Mars. Nature, 479 (7371). pp. 53-60. ISSN 0028-0836.
  4. Ehlmann, B. L. and Mustard, J. F. and Murchie, S. L. (2010) Geologic setting of serpentine deposits on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 37 . Art. No. L06201. ISSN 0094-8276.
  5. Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2009) Identification of hydrated silicate minerals on Mars using MRO-CRISM: Geologic context near Nili Fossae and implications for aqueous alteration. Journal of Geophysical Research E, 114 . Art. No. E00D08. ISSN 0148-0227.
  6. Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2008) Orbital Identification of Carbonate-Bearing Rocks on Mars. Science, 322 (5909). pp. 1828-1832. ISSN 0036-8075.
  7. Ehlmann , Bethany L. et al. (2008) Clay minerals in delta deposits and organic preservation potential on Mars. Nature Geoscience, 1 (6). pp. 355-358. ISSN 1752-0894.