David Catling [EMAIL]

Professor, Earth & Space Sciences
Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

Research Expertise: planetary atmospheres (particularly atmospheric evolution), biogeochemistry, early Earth

VPL Focus: Task B: Earth through Time, Task D: The Living Planet



After a doctorate in the Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford, England, I worked as a planetary scientist near San Francisco at NASA’s Ames Research Center from 1995-2001. In 2001, I joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle.

I also had a stint as European Union Marie Curie Chair in Earth and Planetary System Science at the University of Bristol, England, from 2005-2008. Currently, I'm a Professor jointly affiliated with the Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences and cross-campus Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington.

Research interests revolve around understanding the co-evolution of planetary atmospheres, planetary surfaces, and life. This includes collecting and interpreting data from other planets and the Earth. I have also been involved in NASA’s exploration of Mars and was part of a 35-person team of scientists responsible for NASA’s Phoenix Mission, a probe that landed in the northern polar region of Mars in 2008. 

For more info on research, check out my publications.