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Marek Slipski

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109


(818) 393-4828

Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary And Exoplanetary Atmospheres


Marek Slipski is a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at JPL. His work focuses on the past and present climate of Mars, the evolution of the atmosphere, and the coupling of the lower and upper atmosphere. Marek earned his PhD from the University of Colorado where he worked with Dr. Bruce Jakosky modeling the evolution of Ar isotope ratios in Mars’ atmosphere and studying the structure of the upper atmosphere using MAVEN data. As a postdoc at JPL, he is working the with the MCS (MRO) team to understand the distribution of Martian mesospheric clouds and the role of gravity waves in mesospheric cloud formation. He is also the Science PI and active manager of the Cloudspotting On Mars NASA citizen science project on Zooniverse.


  • PhD Geophysics, University of Colorado Boulder
  • B.S. Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at JPL (2019-present)
  • Research Scientist, LASP (2019)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, LASP (2013-2019)

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric evolution
  • Climate and habitability of Mars
  • Lower-middle-upper atmospheric coupling
  • Mesospheric clouds

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow (2019)
  • NASA JPL Planetary Science Summer School (2016)
  • NASA MEPAG Student Travel Grant (2014)
  • NAI Summer School in Astrobiology (2014)

Selected Publications

  1. Slipski, M., Jakosky, B., Benna, M., Elrod, M., Mahaffy, P., Kass, D., Stone, S., Yelle, R. (2018). Variabilityof Martian Turbopause Altitudes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 123, 2939-2957.
  2. Jakosky, B. M., Brain, D., Chaffin, M., Curry, S., Deighan, J., Grebowsky, J., ...Slipski, M., ... & Zurek, R. (2018).  Loss of the Martian atmosphere to space: Present-day loss rates determined from MAVEN observations and integrated loss through time. Icarus, 315, 146-157.
  3. Elder, C., Bramson, A., Blum, L., Chilton, H., Chopra, A., Chu, C., Das, A., Davis, A., Delgado, A., Fulton,J., Jozwiak, L., Khayat, A., Landis, M., Molaro, J., Slipski, M., Valencia, S., Watkins, J., Young, C., Budney,C., Mitchell K. (2017).  OCEANUS: A high science return Uranus orbiter with a low-cost instrument suite. Acta Astronautica.
  4. Jakosky, B. , Slipski, M., Benna, M., Mahaffy, P., Elrod, M., Yelle, R., Stone, S., Alsaeed, N. (2017). Mars atmospheric history derived from upper-atmosphere measurements of 38Ar/36Ar. Science, 355(6332), 1408-1410.
  5. Slipski, M., and Jakosky, B. M. (2016).  Argon isotopes as tracers for martian atmospheric loss. Icarus, 272,212-227.