Chris Herd

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Presenter affiliation: 

University of Alberta
Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

About the Presenter: 

I am a geologist who studies the planets and moons of the Solar System as understood through meteorites and complemented by other sources of information. I am an internationally-recognized expert in the geology of Mars from studies of Martian meteorites, and a member of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission, as a participating scientist and expert in Returned Sample Science. My NSERC- and CSA-funded research involves carrying out detailed studies of various meteorite types to gain insights into their conditions of formation, as well as the best methods of curation and handling of pristine planetary materials, including those from sample return missions. I led the consortium of Canadian institutions that acquired the pristine specimens of the unique Tagish Lake (B.C.) meteorite, and established the University’s Meteorite Curation Lab, home to the largest university-based collection in Canada, and the world’s first cold meteorite curation facility. The recipient of the 2013 Faculty of Science Research Award, and elected fellow of the Meteoritical Society in 2016, I am currently the Principal Director of the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET), a multidisciplinary virtual institute at the University of Alberta.