David Catling- Website
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UW Class Seminars and Lectures
|May 29, 14||ESS||495||JHN 102||Guest lecture: "Mars"|
|May 14 ,13||OCEAN||Biolunch seminar||MSB||Guest lecture: "Rain, air and volcanoes on the Archean Earth”|
|April 30, 12||ESS||205||JHN||Guest lecture|
|April 25, 11||ESS||205||JHN||Guest lecture|
Awards and Honors
|Top-50 most cited articles||2010||Elsevier||Certificate for top-50 most cited articles in Earth and Planetary Science Letters|
|NASA Group Achievement Award||2009||NASA||"For outstanding performance in the planning for the execution of the science for the Phoenix Mission" of sending a lander to Mars.|
Professional Talks and Presentations
|March, 2016||UC Davis||Departmental colloquium||I||Talk||The atmosphere and environment of the early Earth|
|Feb, 2016||ASU/ U. Arizona||Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) Winter School, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ||I||Lectures||Evolution of Earth's atmosphere|
|Feb, 2016||ASU||Workshop: Upstairs Downstairs: Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets||I||Talk||Why O2 is our best biosignature and phantoms of false positives|
|October, 2015||Central Washington University||Weekly colloquium||I||Talk||The environment of a different planet: The early Earth|
|October, 2015||European Southern Observatory HQ, Santiago, Chile||Conference on Astrobiology and Planetary Atmospheres||I||Talk||Planetary Atmospheres|
|July, 2015||University of Heidelberg/ Max Planck Institute for Astronomy||Seminar||I||Talk||The Evolution of Atmospheres on Inhabited and Lifeless Planets|
|June, 2015||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center||Weekly seminar||I||Talk||Do Pale Blue Dots have unique atmospheric disequilibrium and photometric color? (co-presented with Josh Krissansen-Totton)|
|May, 2015||U. Chicago||Dept. colloquium||I||Talk||The Evolution of Atmospheres on Inhabited and Lifeless Planets|
|Nov, 2014||European Southern Observatory||"International Symposium on Life as a Planetary Phenomenon", Santiago, Chile||I||Talk||Planetary Atmospheres|
|Nov, 2014||MIT||Weekly dept. lecture, Dept. Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science||I||Talk||Atmospheric evolution on the early Earth|
|Sept, 2014||National Observatory, Brazil||"First Brazilian Astrobiology Summer School", Rio de Janeiro||I||Talks||Four lectures on: "Planetary Atmospheres and Life"|
|July, 2014||International Society for the Study of the Origin and Evolution of Life (ISSOL)||"Origins 2014" Conference, Nara, Japan||I||Talk||Atmosphere and environment of the early Earth|
|July, 2014||University of Tokyo||Weekly colloquium, Dept. of Complexity Science and Engineering||I||Talk||Atmospheric evolution on the early Earth|
|June, 2014||Geochemical Society||Goldschmidt Conference||C||Talk||Chemical disequilibrium in planetary atmospheres as a way to look for life or its absence|
|May, 2014||Geological Society of London||Fermor Meeting: Comparative Planetology||I||Talk||Planetary atmospheres in the Solar System: Their properties and evolution as guides to exoplanet atmospheres|
|April, 2014||Space Telescope Science Institute||Habitable Worlds Across Space and Time Workshop||I||Talk||Planetary Atmospheres and Evolution of Complex Life|
|Dec, 2013||AGU||AGU Fall Meeting||I||Talk||Waiting ages for atmospheric oxygen: A titration hourglass and the oxidation of the solid Earth|
|Sept, 2013||European Planetary Science||European Planetary Science Congress||C||Talk||Atmospheric chemistry of nitrogen on Mars: A link between oxidants in the soil and chlorine cycling?|
|Aug, 2013||Goldschmidt Geochemistry||Annual Goldschmidt Conference||C||Talk||A framework for understanding the first and second rises of O2|
|May 14, 2013||AGU||Chapman Conference, Crossing Boundaries in Planetary Atmospheres: From Earth to Exoplanets||I||Talk||Atmospheric chemistry and radiation in the Solar System as Guides to Exoplanet Atmospheres|
|Mar 2013||LPI||44th Lunar & Planet. Sci. Conf.||C||Talk||An impact stability limit controlling the existence of planetary atmospheres"|
|Feb 2013||UCLA||Present-day Habitability of Mars Workshop||I||Talk||Formation of perchlorate on Mars"|
|Dec 2012||AGU||AGU Fall Meeting||C||Talk||A "~0.1 bar tropopause law" in thick atmospheres of planets and large moons: Its identification, explanation, and use in determining exoplanet habitability"|
|June 2012||Geochemical Soc.||Golschmidt Geochemistry Conference||I||Talk||What cause the the 2.4 Ga rise of oxygen?" (Keynote)|
|May 2012||LPI||3rd Conference on Early Mars||C||Talk||Does the Vastitas Borealis Formation Contain Oceanic or Volcanic Deposits?"|
|Dec-2011||AGU||AGU Fall Meeting||I||Talk||Atmospheric Escape, Redox Evolution and Planetary Habitability"|
|May-2011||Geological Society of London||Life and The Planet Workshop, London||I||Talk||Causes and Consequences of the Great Oxidation Event"|
|April-2011||International Space Science Institute||Workshop on Quantifying Martian Geochemical Reservoirs, Bern, Switzerland||I||Talk||Connections between Mars meteorites and past atmospheres"|
|March-2011||LPI||Lunar and Planetary Science Conf.||C||Talk||A lava sea in the northern plains of Mars: Circumpolar Hesperian oceans reconsidered".|
Public and Community Service
Type of Service
|Jan-2016||National Geographic TV||Answered scientific questions for Robert MacAndrew, Story|
Producer for TV series, "One Strange Rock",
celebrating the story of life on Earth
|Nov-2015||Quanta Magazine||Talked to Natalie Wolchover, reporter, and fact-checked about the history of life and association with atmospheric oxygen|
|Sept-2015||NPR||Talked to Adam Frank for a story about successes of climate science on other planets|
|March-2015||Seattle Weekly||Talked to Nina Shapiro, reporter, for a feature article about human missions to Mars|
|Oct-2014||Ubookstore Evening Event||In conversation at UW bookstore with Caleb Scharf concerning his new book, 'The Copernicus Complex'|
|Oct-2014||Science Cafe of Olympia, WA||Gave a talk entitled "Astrobiology: Life in its Cosmic Context" to an audience of ~60|
|Jan-2014||Rotary Club of Lynnwood||Gave a talk entitled "Astrobiology and Early Earth"|
|Dec-2013||LA Times||Talked to journalist Amina Khan, at length about latest results from NASA’s Curiosity rover. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-mars-life-20131210,0,2384378.story|
|Dec-2013||Yoram Bauman book fact-check||Fact-checked popular book manuscript by Yoram Bauman about climate change ("Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change").|
|Sept-2013||Forbes Magazine||Talked to reporter Bruce Dorminey about the possibility of life on Ceres and also the origin of photosynthesis for articles he wrote|
|May-2013||The Verge||Talked to journalist Carl Franzen, about habitability of exoplanets http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/2/4294156/habitable-zone-should-be-extended-scientists-say|
|Mar-2013||KUOW/NPR||Live interview on "Weekday" Public Radio about life on Mars and astrobiology|
|Nov-2012||Forbes Magazine||Featured in two articles about life on Mars and complex life on exoplanets|
|May-2012||Science Magazine||Talked to Dick Kerr to help him write a feature article about methane on Mars|
|March-12||PBS Newshour||Talked to PBS about research on raindrop imprints from 2.7 Ga|
|9-28-11||New York Times||Talked to journalist Dennis Overbye about the biosphere and atmosphere on the early Earth|
|June-2011||BBC TV||Briefed BBC TV's Ben Wison on the co-evolution of the atmosphere and life for a "Wonders of Life" TV Series|
Recent Publications and Manuscripts in the PressAll peer-reviewed:
D. C. Catling and J. F. Kasting, Atmospheric Evolution on Inhabited and Lifeless Worlds, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9780521844123, 550 pp., in press, 2016.
J. D. Toner and D. C. Catling, Water activities of NaClO4, Ca(ClO4)2 and Mg(ClO4)2brines from experimental heat capacities: Water activity >0.6 below 200 K, Geochimica Cosmochimca Acta, in press, 2016.
R. M. Haberle, D. C. Catling, M. H. Carr, K. J. Zahnle. Early Mars, in The Atmosphere and Climate of Mars (Eds. R. M. Haberle et al.), Cambridge Univ. Press, in press, 2016.
D. C. Catling, S. Stroud. The greening of Green Mountain, Ascension Island, M. Joachim, M. Silver (eds.) Post-Sustainable: New Directions in Ecological Design, Metropolis Books, New York City, in press, 2016.
J. Krissansen-Totton, D. S. Bergsman, D. C. Catling. On detecting biospheres from chemical disequilibrium in planetary atmospheres, Astrobiology 16, 39-67, 2016.
J. Krissansen-Totton, E. Schwieterman, B. Charnay, G. Arney, T. D. Robinson, V. Meadows, D. C. Catling, Is the Pale Blue Dot unique? Optimized photometric bands for identifying Earth-like planets, Astrophysical J. 817, 31, 2016.
P. Pogge von Strandmann, E. E. Stüeken, T. Elliott, S. W. Poulton, C. M. Dehler, D. E. Canfield, D. C. Catling. Selenium isotope evidence for post-glacial oxygenation trends in the Ediacaran ocean, Nature Comm., 6:10157, doi: 10.1038/ncomes10157, 2015.
J. D. Toner, D. C. Catling, B. Light, A revised Pitzer model for low-temperature soluble salt assemblages at the Phoenix site, Mars, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 166, 327-343, 2015.
J. Krissansen-Totton, R. Buick, D. C. Catling. A statistical analysis of the carbon isotope record from the Archean to Phanerozoic and implications for the rise of oxygen, Amer. J. Sci., 315, 275-316, 2015.
D. C. Catling, Planetary Atmospheres, in G. Schubert (ed.) Treatise on Geophysics, Elsevier, vol. 10, Elsevier, New York, 429-472, 2015.
J. D. Toner, D. C. Catling, B. Light, Modeling salt precipitation from brines on Mars evaporation versus freezing origin for soil salts, Icarus, 250, 451-461, 2015.
E. Pecoits, M. L. Smith, D. C. Catling, P. Philippot, A. Kappler, K. O. Konhauser, Atmospheric hydrogen peroxide and Eoarchean iron formations", Geobiology 13, 1-14, 2015.
K. J. Zahnle & D. C. Catling, Waiting for oxygen, in Special Paper 504: Earth's Early Atmosphere and Surface Environment (Shaw, G. H., ed.), Geological Society of America Conference Proceedings, 37-48, 2014.
D. C. Catling, Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interactions. In: T. Spohn, T. V. Johnson, D. Breuer (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Solar System (3rd Ed.), Academic Press, 2014, 343-357.
J. D. Toner, D. C. Catling, B. Light, Reanalysis of Wet Chemistry Laboratory data at the Phoenix Lander site on Mars with implications for the soluble soil salts, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.03.030, 136, 142-168, 2014.
D. C. Catling. The Great Oxidation Event transition, in The Atmosphere -- History, vol. 6, Treatise on Geochemistry (2nd Ed.) (edited by H. D. Holland and K. K. Turekian, Elsevier, Oxford, 177-195, 2014.
T. D. Robinson & D. C. Catling, Common 0.1 bar tropopause in thick atmospheres set by pressure-dependent infrared transparency, Nature Geoscience, 7, 12-15, 2014. doi:10.1038/NGEO2020
M. L. Smith, M. W. Claire, D. C. Catling, K. J. Zahnle, The formation of sulfate, nitrate and perchlorate salts in the martian atmosphere, Icarus, 231, 51-64, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2013.11.031
G. M. Marion, D. C. Catling, J. S. Kargel, J. I. Lunine, Modeling nitrogen-gas, -liquid, -solid chemistries at low temperature (173-298 K), Icarus 236, 1-8, 2014.
P. Pogge von Strandmann, C. D. Coath, D. C. Catling, S. W. Poulton, T. Elliott, Analysis of mass dependent and mass independent selenium isotope variability in black shales, J. Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 29, 1648-1659, 2014.
D. C. Catling, Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 144pp., 2013.
( http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/LifeSciences/EvolutionaryBiology/?view=usa&ci=9780199586455 )
J. D. Toner, D. C. Catling, B. Light, The formation of supercooled brines, viscous liquids, and low-temperature glasses on Mars, Icarus 233, 36-47, 2013.
K. J. Zahnle, D. C. Catling, M. W. Claire. The rise of oxygen and the hydrogen hourglass, Chemical Geology, 362, 26-34, 2013.
G. M. Marion, D. C. Catling, J. Crowley, J. S. Kargel. Sulfite-sulfide-sulfate- carbonate equilibria with applications to Mars, Icarus, 225, 342-351, 2013
E. E. Stüeken, J. Foriel, B. K. Nelson, R. Buick, D. C. Catling. Selenium isotope analysis of organic-rich shales: Advances in sample preparation and isobaric interference correction, J. Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy, doi:10.1039/C3JA50186H, 2013
S. M. Som, J. W. Hagadorn, W. A. Thelen, A. R. Gillespie, D. C. Catling, R. Buick, Quantitative discrimination between geological materials with low density contrast by high resolution X-ray computer tomography: An example using amygdule size-distribution in ancient lava flows, Computers & Geoscience, 54, 231-238, 2013.
P. B. Niles, D. C. Catling, G. Berger, E. Chassefiere, B. L. Ehlmann, J. Michalski, R, Morris, S. W. Ruff, B. Sutter, Carbonates on Mars, Space Sci. Rev., 174, 301-328, 2013.
B. L. Ehlmann, G. Berger, N. Mangold, J. R. Michalski, D. C. Catling, S. W. Ruff, E. Chassefiere, P. B. Niles, V. Chevrier, F. Poulet. Geochemical consequences of widespread clay mineral formation in Mars' ancient crust, Space Sci. Rev., 174, 329-364, 2013.
E. E. Stüeken, D. C. Catling, R. Buick, Contributions to Late Archaean sulphur cycling by life on land, Nature Geoscience, 5, 722-725, doi:10.1038/ngeo1585, 2012.
T. D. Robinson, D. C. Catling, An analytic radiative-convective model for planetary atmospheres, Astrophysical Journal, 757, 104, 2012.
E. Sefton-Nash, D. C. Catling, S. E. Wood, P. Grindrod, Topographic, spectral and thermal inertia analysis of interior layered deposits in Iani Chaos, Mars, Icarus, 221, 20-42, 2012.
S. M. Som, D. C. Catling, J. P. Harnmeijer, P. M. Polivka, R. Buick. Air density 2.7 billion years ago limited to less than twice modern levels by fossil raindrop imprints, Nature, 484, 359-362, 2012, doi:10.1038/nature10890.
M. W. Claire, J. Sheets, M. Cohen, I. Ribas, V. S. Meadows, D. C. Catling. The evolution of solar flux from 2 nm to 160 microns: Quantitative estimates for planetary studies, Astrophysical J., 757, 95, 2012.
G. M. Marion, J. S. Kargel, D. C. Catling, J. I Lunine, Modeling ammonia-ammonium chemistries in the outer planet regions, Icarus, 220, 932-946, 2012.
J. F. Kasting, D. C. Catling, K. J. Zahnle, Atmospheric oxygenation and volcanism, Nature 487, E1, 2012.
D. Schulze-Makuch, A. Mendez, A. G. Fairen, P. von Paris, C. Turse, G. Boyer, A. F. Davila, M. Resendes de Sousa Antonio, D. Catling, L. N. Irwin. A two-tiered approach to assessing the habitability of exoplanets, Astrobiology, 11, 1041-1052, 2011.
D. C. Catling. Oxygenation of the Earth's atmosphere. Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (Eds. M. Gargaud et al.), New York, 1200-1208, 2011.
K. J. Zahnle, R. S. Freedman, D. C. Catling. Is there methane on Mars? Icarus, 212, 493-503, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.11.027, 2011.
G. M. Marion, D. C. Catling, J K. Crowley, J. S. Kargel. Modeling hot spring chemistries with applications to Martian silica formation, Icarus, 212, 629-642, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2011.01.035, 2011.
P. Withers. D. Catling. Results from the Phoenix Atmospheric Structure experiment, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L24204, doi:10.1029/2010GL045382, 2010.
S. P. Kounaves, M. H. Hecht, J. Kapit, R. C. Quinn, D.C. Catling, B. C. Clark, D. W. Ming, et al., Soluble sulfate in the Martian soil at the Phoenix landing site, in revision, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L09201, doi:10.1029/2010GL042613, 2010.
F. Tian, M. W. Claire, J. D. Haqq-Misra, M. Smith, D. C. Crisp, D. Catling, K. Zahnle, J. F. Kasting. Photochemical and climate consequences of sulfur outgassing on early Mars, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 295, 412-418, 2010.
C. R. Stoker, A. Zent, D. C. Catling, et al.,. Habitability of the Phoenix landing site. J. Geophys. Res. 115, E00E20, 2010.
G. M. Marion, D. C. Catling, M. W. Claire, K. J. Zahnle. Modeling aqueous perchlorate chemistries with applications to Mars, Icarus, 207, 675-685, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.12.003, 2010.
Fisher, D. A., M. H. Hecht, S. P. Kounaves, and D. C. Catling (2010), A perchlorate-lubricated brine deformable bed could facilitate flow of the Mars North Polar Cap: Possible mechanism for water table recharging, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E00E12, doi:10.1029/2009JE003405, 2010.
Kounaves, S. P., S. T. Stroble, R. M. Anderson, Q. Moore, D. C. Catling, S. Douglas, C. P. McKay, D. W. Ming, P. H. Smith, L. K. Tamppari, A. P. Zent, Discovery of natural perchlorate in the Antarctic Dry Valleys and its global implications, Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 2360–2364, 2010.
Kounaves, S. P., M. H. Hecht, J. Kapit, K. Gospodinova, L. DeFlores, R. C. Quinn, W. V. Boynton, B. C. Clark, D. C. Catling, P. Hredzak, D. W. Ming, Q. Moore, J. Shusterman, S. Stroble, S. J. West, and S. M. M. Young, The wet chemistry experiments on the 2007 Phoenix Mars Scout Lander Mission: Data analysis and results, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E00E10, doi:10.1029/2009JE003424, 2010.
Catling, D. C., Claire, M. W., Quinn, R. C., Zahnle, K. J., Clark, B. C., Kounaves, S.; Hecht, M. H. Possible atmospheric origins of perchlorate on Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E00E11, doi:10.1029/2009JE003425, 2010.
Current Research InterestsEarth’s atmospheric evolution. The geochemical co-evolution of planetary atmospheres and surfaces, and planetary habitability. Other general research interests include involvement in the exploration of Mars, planetary geomorphology (surface processes), biogeochemical cycles, and astrobiology.
Current C.V. URLhttp://faculty.washington.edu/dcatling/DCatling_CV.pdf
In the News"Oxygen provided breath of life that allowed animals to evolve"
"The climate story nobody talks about"
"As a New Space Race Heats Up, Mars Beckons Once Again"
"Book explains astrobiology for a general audience"
"Astrobiology: Pouring cold asteroid water on Aristotle" by David Catling. Guest blog at Oxford University Press. http://blog.oup.com/2013/10/astrobiology-vsi/
"Astronomers solve mystery of planetary atmospheres"
"Evidence for ancient life throughout the land"
"Why ET would also breathe oxygen"
"5 reasons Mars may never have seen life"
"Raindrops In Rock: Clues To A Perplexing Paradox", US National Public Radio:
"What a Baking Pan and Hairspray Taught Us About Earth's Ancient Atmosphere", PBS Newshour
"Decoding 2.7 Billion-Year-Old Raindrops", Wall Street Journal
Comments2015: Invited by European Southern Observatory to join an Astrobiology Field-trip to the Atacama Desert. Included visits to Paranal Observatory, Monturaqui Crater (350-370 m diameter, 34 m depth, 3000 m elevation ~660 ka?), the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) observatory, and salt lagoons (microbialites) of the Salar de Atacama near San Pedro de Atacama.
2012: Conducted fieldwork on Ascension Island and St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.