University of Washington (1971)
Joined UW in
Don’s primary research interests focus on the origin and evolution of planetary materials, planets and planetary systems. He is extensively involved with the laboratory study of primitive materials from asteroids and comets and he is PI of the NASA’s Stardust comet sample return mission. He is also a member of the UW Astrobiology program and he has recently co-authored two books with UW paleontologist Peter Ward on the Earth’s evolution to become a habitat for advanced life and the remarkable aspects of the processes involved as viewed from the perspectives of space and time.