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Alberto G. Fairén
Space Science & Astrobiology Division
NASA Ames Research Center


M.S., Biology (Genetics), June, 2002. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). 

Ph.D., Astrobiology, October, 2006. Centro de Biología Molecular (Spain).

Post-Doctoral Associate, ORAU, NASA Ames Research Center. December, 2006 - December, 2008.

Relevant publications:

  • Fairén, A. G.; Ruiz, J.; Anguita, F. (2002). An origin for the linear magnetic anomalies in Mars through accretion of terranes: implications for dynamo timing. Icarus, 160, 220-223.
  • Fairén, A. G.; Dohm, J. M.; Baker, V. R.; de Pablo, M. A.; Ruiz, J.; Ferris, J.; Anderson, R. M. (2003). Episodic flood inundations of the northern plains of Mars. Icarus, 165, 53-67.
  • Fairén, A. G.; Dohm, J. M. (2004). Age and origin of the lowlands of Mars. Icarus, 168, 277-284.
  • Ormö, J.; Dohm, J. M.; Ferris, J.; Lepinette-Malvitte, A.; Fairén, A. G. (2004). Marine-target craters on Mars?: An assessment study. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 39, 333-346.
  • Fairén, A. G.; Fernández-Remolar, D.; Dohm, J. M.; Baker, V. R.; Amils, R.  (2004). Inhibition of carbonate synthesis in acidic oceans on early Mars. Nature, 431, 423-426.
  • Ruiz, J.; Fairén, A. G.; Dohm, J. M.; Tejero, R. (2004). Thermal isostasy and deformation of possible paleoshorelines on Mars. Planetary and Space Science, 52, 1297-1301.
  • De Pablo, M. A.; Fairén, A. G. (2004). Atlantis Basin, Mars: Geological setting and astrobiological implications. International Journal of Astrobiology, 3, 257-263.
  • Fairén, A. G. (2004). Astrobiología. Equipo Sirius, Ed. Madrid. 222 pag. ISBN: 84-95495-41-4 (in Spanish).
  • Baker, V. R.; Dohm, J. M.; Fairén, A. G.; Ferré, T.; Ferris, J.; Schulze-Makuch, D. (2005). Extraterrestrial Hydrogeology. Hydrogeology Journal, 13, 51-68.
  • Rodríguez, J. A. P.; Sasaki, S.; Kuzmin, R.; Dohm, J. M.; Tanaka, K. L.; Miyamoto, H.; Kurita, K.; Komatsu, G.; Fairén, A. G.; Ferris, J. (2005). Outflow channel sources, reactivation, and chaos formation, Xanthe Terra, Mars. Icarus, 175, 36-57.
  • Rodríguez, J. A. P.; S. Sasaki; J. M. Dohm; K. L. Tanaka; B. Strom; J. Kargel; R. Kuzmin; Miyamoto; J. G. Spray; A. G.Fairén; G. Komatsu; K. Kurita; V. R. Baker (2005). Control of impact crater fracture systems on subsurface hydrology, ground subsidence, and collapse, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, E06003, doi:10.1029/2004JE002365.
  • Fairén, A. G. (2005). What should we call Pluto? Science, 310, 52-53.
  • Fairén, A. G.; Dohm, J. M.; Uceda, E. R.; Rodríguez, A.; Baker, V. R.; Fernández-Remolar, D.; Schulze-Makuch, D.; Amils, R. (2005). Prime candidate sites for astrobiological exploration through the hydrogeological history of Mars. Planetary and Space Science, 53, 1355-1375.
  • Ruiz, J.; Fairén, A. G. (2005). Seas under ice: conditions for the stability of liquid-water oceans within icy worlds. Earth, Moon and Planets, doi: 10.1007/s11038-005-9052-8.
  • Schulze-Makuch, D.; Irwin, L.; Lipps, J. H.; LeMone, D.; Dohm, J. M.; Fairén, A. G. (2005). Scenarios for the evolution of life on Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, E12S23, doi:10.1029/2005JE002430.
  • Schulze-Makuch, D.; Dohm, J. M.; Fairén, A. G.; Baker, V. R.; Fink, W.; Strom, R. (2005). Mars, Venus, and the ices on Mercury and the Moon: Astrobiological implications and proposed mission designs. Astrobiology, 5, 778-794.
  • Prieto-Ballesteros, O.; Kargel, J. S.; Fairén, A. G.; Fernández-Remolar, D.; Dohm, J. M.; Amils, R. (2006). Interglacial clathrate destabilization in Mars: possible contributing source of its atmospheric methane. Geology, 34, 149-152.
  • Amils, R.; González-Toril, E.; Fernández-Remolar, D.; Gómez, F.; Aguilera, A.; Rodríguez, N.; Malki, M.; García-Moyano, A.; Fairén, A. G.; de la Fuente, V.; Sanz, J. L. (2007). Extreme environments as Mars terrestrial analogs: the Rio Tinto case. Planetary and Space Science, 55, 370-381.
  • D. Schulze-Makuch; J. M. Dohm; C. Fan; A. G. Fairén; J.A.P. Rodriguez; V. R. Baker; W. Fink (2007). Exploration of hydrothermal sites on Mars. Icarus, in press.
  • Dohm, J. M.; Barlow, N. G.; Williams, J. P., Ferris, J. C.; Miyamoto, H.; Baker, V. R.; Boynton, W. V.; Strom, R. G.; Rodríguez, A.; Fairén, A. G.; Hare, T. M.; Anderson, R. C.; Keller, J.; Kerry, K. (2007). Possible ancient giant impact basin/aquifer system in the Arabia region, Mars. Icarus, in press.

Field-Work Experience:

MARTE (Mars Astrobiology Research and Technology Experiment) Project, Rio Tinto, Spain, 2005-2006.

Affiliations and Collaborations:

  • Member of “IAG Planetary Geomorphology committee”, in the “International Association of Geomorphologists” (
  • Associated Editor of Mars, The Internacional Journal of Mars Science and Exploration, (
  • Reviewer for JGR-Planets since 2005.
  • Reviewer for Hydrogeology Journal since 2006.
  • Reviewer for Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/technology since 2006.
  • Reviewer for Geology since 2007.
  • Editor in the webpage (in Spanish).
  • Member of the editorial board of AstronomíA  ( (in Spanish)
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