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Doug Archer


Area of Research/Engineering: Mars surface processes, habitability, and astrobiology

Contact Information

Phone: 281-483-4643
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Researcher Doug Archer


DegreeArea of StudySchoolYear
Ph.D.Planetary ScienceUniversity of Arizona2010
B.S.PhysicsBrigham Young University2004

Research/Engineering Interests

I am interested in the habitability of various Martian environments over time. I have worked on the effect of UV irradiation on organic molecules and am currently working on how mineralogy and the physical properties of minerals provide a window into past conditions. Understanding past conditions as well as the current Martian environment is key in establishing habitability over time and thus the possibility for life on Mars.

Selected Publications

Archer, P. D. Jr., The Martian Near Surface Environment: Analysis of Antarctic Soils and Laboratory Experiments on Putative Martian Organics, PhD Dissertation, May 2010.

Stoker, C. R., A. P. Zent, D. C. Catling, S. Douglas, J. Marshall, P. H. Smith, P. D. Archer, Jr., R. C. Quinn, B. C. Clark, N. Renno, V. Hipkin, S. P. Kounaves, S. M. M. Young, M. H. Hecht, M. Lemmon, and D. Fisher (2010), The Habitability of the Phoenix Landing Site, Journal of Geophysical Research, in press, doi:10.1029/2009JE003421.

Archer, P. D. Jr., H. Imanaka, M. A. Smith, D. W. Ming, W. V. Boynton, and P. H. Smith (2009), UV Photolysis of Mellitic Acid -- A Possible Organic at the Mars Phoenix Landing Site, paper presented at 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Lunar and Planetary Science XL), The Woodlands, Texas, March 23-27, 2009.

Archer, P.D. Jr., Imanaka, H., Smith M.A., and Smith P.H. (2008) UV Photolysis of Putative Martian Organics: Identifying Potential Complex Surface Organics for Upcoming Missions, Astrobiology, 8(2): 431-436, #29-03-P.

Bonitz R.G., Shiraishi L., Robinson M., Arvidson R.E., Chu P.C., Wilson J.J., Davis K.R., Paulsen,G., Kusack A.G., Archer P.D. Jr., and Smith P.H. (2008) NASA Mars 2007 Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm and Icy Soil Acquisition Device, J. Geophys. Res.,113, E00A01.

Tamppari, L.K., Anderson, R.M., Archer, P.D. Jr., Douglas, S. Kounaves, S.P., McKay, C.P., Ming, D.W., Moore, Q., Quinn, J.E., Smith, P.H., Stroble, A., Zent, A.P., "Effects of Aridity on Soils and Habitability: McMurdo Dry Valleys as an Analog for the Mars Phoenix Landing Site", Antarctic Science, in press.