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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Evan Eshelman

At JPL, my work involves developing WATSON, an instrument intended for detecting organic material in subsurface ice, based on SHERLOC, the deep UV Raman and fluorescence spectrometer selected for Mars 2020. WATSON is intended to determine the nature and distribution of organic material at several target field sites, primarily Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, down to a depth of 100 m. These investigations address science questions relevant to planetary surfaces including the Mars polar caps, Europa and Enceladus.

Before coming to JPL, I completed a PhD in Physics from York University with a research focus on developing ultraviolet Raman and fluorescence instrumentation for organic detection on Mars.


York University, Toronto, ON, Ph.D. Physics, April 2016

Colby College, Waterville, ME, B.A. Physics, May 2008

Research Interests

Ultraviolet Raman and fluorescence instrumentation for organic and life detection on Mars, Europa, and other planetary surfaces.

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 2016 - Present

UV Raman Scientist, Canadian Space Agency (Contract), Toronto, ON, 2014 – April 2016

Research Assistant, Scientific Instruments, West Palm Beach, FL, 2009 – 2010

Selected Awards

Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly 2015 (“Stand-off detection and mapping of mineral and organic compounds using ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy”) Ph.D. Fellow, NSERC CREATE 2013 - 2015 M.Sc. Fellow, NSERC CREATE 2012 - 2014

Selected Publications
  1. E. Eshelman, M.G. Daly, G. Slater, and E. Cloutis. Time-resolved detection of aromatic compounds on planetary surfaces by ultraviolet laser induced fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. Planetary and Space Science, 119:200-207, 2015.
  2. E. Eshelman, M.G. Daly, G. Slater, P. Dietrich, and J.-F. Gravel. An ultraviolet Raman wavelength for the in-situ analysis of organic compounds relevant to astrobiology. Planetary and Space Science, 93-94:65–70, 2014.
  3. M. Skulinova, C. Lefebvre, P. Sobron, E. Eshelman, M. Daly, J.- F. Gravel, J.-F. Cormier, F. Châteauneuf, G. Slater, W. Zheng, A. Koujelev, and R. Léveillé. Time-resolved stand-off UV-Raman spectroscopy for planetary exploration. Planetary and Space Science, 92:88– 100, 2014.
  4. E. Eshelman, M. G. Daly, G. Slater, P. Dietrich, J.-F. Gravel, and E. Cloutis (2015), Stand-off detection and mapping of mineral and organic compounds using ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy, Abstract 36449 presented at 2015 Meeting, AGU Joint Assembly, Montreal, Quebec, 4-7 May.
  5. E. Eshelman, M. G. Daly, G. Slater, P. Dietrich, J.-F. Gravel, and E. Cloutis (2014), Analysis of In-Situ Organic and Mineral Compounds Relevant to Martian Astrobiology Using 266 nm Raman Spectroscopy, Abstract 16726 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.
  6. Cottin, R. Forest, P. Dietrich, M. Daly, E. Eshelman, G. Slater, R. Léveillé, and S.-E. Qian (2012). Compact rover mounted spectroscopic Raman lidar for carbon detection as a tool for astrobiological research on Mars, Abstract 196 presented at 2012 meting, CASI 16th Astronautics Conference, Québec City, Québec, 24-26 Apr.
  7. M. F. Campbell, T. K. Sridharan, J. M. De Buizer, M. Kasis, B. Whitney, J. L. Hora, H. Beuther, E. Eshelman, J. C. Moriarty, A. P. Towner, and M. Saito (2010), NIR and MIR emission from the central high-mass protostar in IRAS19410, Abstract 215 presented at 2010 meeting, American Astronomical Society, Washington, DC, Jan.

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