Bethany L. Ehlmann

Assistant Professor of Planetary Science; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist
A.B., Washington University in St. Louis, 2004; M.Sc., University of Oxford, 2005; M.Sc., 2007; M. S., Brown University, 2008; Ph.D., 2010. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2011-; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist, 2011-.


Research Interests

Remote compositional analysis of planetary surfaces; environmental change over Mars history; chemical and physical weathering processes on terrestrial planets; infrared spectroscopy and quantitative radiative transfer modeling; habitability, rock-microbe interactions, biomarker preservation; early Earth surface environments; environmental science and applications of remote sensing; science policy.


Selected Publications 

For a complete publications list, see

Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Edwards, Christopher S. (2014) Mineralogy of the Martian Surface. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42 . pp. 291-315. ISSN 0084-6597.

Hu, Renyu and Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Seager, Sara (2012) Theoretical Spectra of Terrestrial Exoplanet Surfaces. Astrophysical Journal, 752 (1). Art. No. 7. ISSN 0004-637X.

Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2011) Subsurface water and clay mineral formation during the early history of Mars. Nature, 479 (7371). pp. 53-60. ISSN 0028-0836.

Ehlmann, B. L. and Mustard, J. F. and Murchie, S. L. (2010) Geologic setting of serpentine deposits on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 37 . Art. No. L06201. ISSN 0094-8276.

Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2009) Identification of hydrated silicate minerals on Mars using MRO-CRISM: Geologic context near Nili Fossae and implications for aqueous alteration. Journal of Geophysical Research E, 114 . Art. No. E00D08. ISSN 0148-0227.

Ehlmann, Bethany L. et al. (2008) Orbital Identification of Carbonate-Bearing Rocks on Mars. Science, 322 (5909). pp. 1828-1832. ISSN 0036-8075.

Ehlmann , Bethany L. et al. (2008) Clay minerals in delta deposits and organic preservation potential on Mars. Nature Geoscience, 1 (6). pp. 355-358. ISSN 1752-0894.

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