Dr. Jennifer Claire Stern

Dr. Jennifer Claire Stern

  • RESEARCH AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.614.6062
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Jennifer Stern is a Space Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, specializing in the study of the atmosphere and surface of Mars, and instrument development for geochemical measurements on planetary surfaces. She is a member of the science team for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover Curiosity, which landed in Gale Crater on Mars in August 2012. She is also a team member on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite, one of the 10 instruments on Curiosity, which uses mass and laser spectrometry to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere and surface of Mars.
     
    Dr. Stern has a BA in Geology-Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Geochemistry from Florida State University, where she developed analytical techniques for isotope and trace metal analysis of environmental waters in order to trace the impacts of agriculture in the Florida Everglades and methane emissions from landfills. She decided to apply her interest in geochemistry to astrobiology as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she studied how organic molecules can be formed by non-biological processes occurring in meteorites and at hydrothermal vents. Today, in parallel with her participation on the Curiosity team conducting experiments on Mars, she participates in field expeditions to places where geochemical processes similar to those that may have occurred Mars are recorded in Earth’s rock record, such as Greenland, Svalbard, and southern Mexico.

    Education

    Ph.D. (Geology - 2005) Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    B.A. (Geology-Biology - 1998) Brown University, Providence, RI
    Class W-149 (Spring 1997) SEA Semester, Woods Hole, MA

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Sebree, J. A., J. C. Stern, K. A. Mandt, S. D. Domagal-Goldman, and M. G. Trainer. 2016. "13C and 15N fractionation of CH4/N2 mixtures during photochemical aerosol formation: Relevance to Titan." Icarus, 270: 421-428 [doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.04.016]

    Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, J. C. Stern, et al. A. E. Brunner, S. K. Atreya, P. G. Conrad, S. Domagal-Goldman, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, L. E. Christensen, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Grotzinger, J. H. Jones, L. A. Leshin, C. Malespin, A. C. McAdam, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, A. A. Pavlov, A. Steele, M. G. Trainer, K. H. Williford, and J. J. Wray. 2015. "The imprint of atmospheric evolution in the D/H of Hesperian clay minerals on Mars." Science, Vol 347: 412-414 [[DOI:10.1126/science.1260291]]

    Stern, J. C., B. Sutter, C. Freissinet, et al. R. Navarro-Gonzalez, C. P. McKay, P. D. Archer Jr., A. Buch, A. E. Brunner, P. Coll, J. L. Eigenbrode, A. G. Fairen, H. B. Franz, D. P. Glavin, S. Kashyap, A. C. Mcadam, D. W. Ming, A. Steele, C. Szopa, J. J. Wray, F. J. Martin-Torres, M.-P. Zorzano, P. G. Conrad, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2015. "Evidence for indigenous nitrogen in sedimentary and aeolian deposits from the Curiosity rover investigations at Gale crater, Mars." Proceedings of National Academy of Science, [10.1073/pnas.1420932112]

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. Mcadam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell III, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, and R. A. Yingst. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343: 6169 [doi:10.1126/science.1245267]

    Stern, J. C., D. I. Foustoukos, J. E. Sonke, and V. J. Salters. 2014. "Humic acid complexation of Th, Hf and Zr in ligand competition experiments: Metal loading and pH effects." Chemical Geology, 363: 241-249 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.11.001]

    Stern, J. C., A. C. Mcadam, I. L. ten Kate, et al. D. L. Bish, D. F. Blake, R. V. Morris, R. Bowden, M. L. Fogel, M. Glamoclijca, P. R. Mahaffy, A. Steele, and H. E. Amundsen. 2013. "Isotopic and geochemical investigation of two distinct Mars analog environments using evolved gas techniques in Svalbard, Norway." Icarus, 224 (2013): 297-308.

    Wong, M. H., S. K. Atreya, P. N. Mahaffy, et al. H. B. Franz, C. Malespin, M. G. Trainer, J. C. Stern, P. G. Conrad, H. Manning, R. O. Pepin, R. H. Becker, C. P. McKay, T. C. Owen, R. Navarro-Gonzaalez, J. H. Jones, B. M. Jakosky, and A. Steele. 2013. "Isotopes of Nitrogen on Mars: Atmospheric Measurements by Curiosity's Mass Spectrometer." Geophys. Res. Lett., 40: 6033-6037 [10.1002/2013GL057840]

    Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, A. C. McAdam, K. E. Miller, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, R. E. Summons, D. Y. Sumner, B. Sutter, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, J. J. Wray, and J. P. Grotzinger. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science, 341: 6153 [10.1126/science.1238937]

    Burton, A. S., J. Stern, J. Elsila, D. Glavin, and J. Dworkin. 2012. "Understanding prebiotic chemistry through the analysis of extraterrestrial amino acids and nucleobases in meteorites." Chemical Society Reviews, 41: 5459-5472.

    Li, X., Y. Wang, J. Stern, and B. Gu. 2011. "Isotopic evidence for the source and fate of phosphorus in Everglades wetland ecosystems." Applied Geochemistry, 26 (5): 688-695 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.01.027]

    Callahan, M. P., K. E. Smith, H. J. Cleaves, et al. J. Ruzicka, J. C. Stern, D. P. Glavin, C. H. House, and J. P. Dworkin. 2011. "Carbonaceous meteorites contain a wide range of extraterrestrial nucleobases." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (34): 13995-13998 [10.1073/pnas.1106493108]

    Stern, J. C., J. Chanton, T. Abichou, et al. D. Powelson, L. Yuan, S. Escoriza, and J. Bogner. 2007. "Use of a biologically active cover to reduce landfill methane emissions and enhance methane oxidation." Waste Management, 27 (9): 1248-1258 [10.1016/j.wasman.2006.07.018]

    Stern, J., Y. Wang, B. Gu, and J. Newman. 2007. "Distribution and turnover of carbon in natural and constructed wetlands in the Florida Everglades." Applied Geochemistry, 22 (9): 1936-1948 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2007.04.007]

    Stern, J. C., J. E. Sonke, and V. J. Salters. 2007. "A capillary electrophoresis-ICP-MS study of rare earth element complexation by humic acids." Chemical Geology, 246 (3-4): 170-180 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.09.008]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Jennifer Stern is a Space Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, specializing in the study of the atmosphere and surface of Mars, and instrument development for geochemical measurements on planetary surfaces. She is a member of the science team for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover Curiosity, which landed in Gale Crater on Mars in August 2012. She is also a team member on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite, one of the 10 instruments on Curiosity, which uses mass and laser spectrometry to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere and surface of Mars.
     
    Dr. Stern has a BA in Geology-Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Geochemistry from Florida State University, where she developed analytical techniques for isotope and trace metal analysis of environmental waters in order to trace the impacts of agriculture in the Florida Everglades and methane emissions from landfills. She decided to apply her interest in geochemistry to astrobiology as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she studied how organic molecules can be formed by non-biological processes occurring in meteorites and at hydrothermal vents. Today, in parallel with her participation on the Curiosity team conducting experiments on Mars, she participates in field expeditions to places where geochemical processes similar to those that may have occurred Mars are recorded in Earth’s rock record, such as Greenland, Svalbard, and southern Mexico.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Sebree, J. A., J. C. Stern, K. A. Mandt, S. D. Domagal-Goldman, and M. G. Trainer. 2016. "13C and 15N fractionation of CH4/N2 mixtures during photochemical aerosol formation: Relevance to Titan." Icarus 270 421-428 [doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.04.016]

    Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, J. C. Stern, et al. A. E. Brunner, S. K. Atreya, P. G. Conrad, S. Domagal-Goldman, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, L. E. Christensen, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Grotzinger, J. H. Jones, L. A. Leshin, C. Malespin, A. C. McAdam, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, A. A. Pavlov, A. Steele, M. G. Trainer, K. H. Williford, and J. J. Wray. 2015. "The imprint of atmospheric evolution in the D/H of Hesperian clay minerals on Mars." Science Vol 347 412-414 [[DOI:10.1126/science.1260291]]

    Stern, J. C., B. Sutter, C. Freissinet, et al. R. Navarro-Gonzalez, C. P. McKay, P. D. Archer Jr., A. Buch, A. E. Brunner, P. Coll, J. L. Eigenbrode, A. G. Fairen, H. B. Franz, D. P. Glavin, S. Kashyap, A. C. Mcadam, D. W. Ming, A. Steele, C. Szopa, J. J. Wray, F. J. Martin-Torres, M.-P. Zorzano, P. G. Conrad, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2015. "Evidence for indigenous nitrogen in sedimentary and aeolian deposits from the Curiosity rover investigations at Gale crater, Mars." Proceedings of National Academy of Science [10.1073/pnas.1420932112]

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. Mcadam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell III, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, and R. A. Yingst. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science 343 6169 [doi:10.1126/science.1245267]

    Stern, J. C., D. I. Foustoukos, J. E. Sonke, and V. J. Salters. 2014. "Humic acid complexation of Th, Hf and Zr in ligand competition experiments: Metal loading and pH effects." Chemical Geology 363 241-249 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.11.001]

    Stern, J. C., A. C. Mcadam, I. L. ten Kate, et al. D. L. Bish, D. F. Blake, R. V. Morris, R. Bowden, M. L. Fogel, M. Glamoclijca, P. R. Mahaffy, A. Steele, and H. E. Amundsen. 2013. "Isotopic and geochemical investigation of two distinct Mars analog environments using evolved gas techniques in Svalbard, Norway." Icarus 224 (2013): 297-308

    Wong, M. H., S. K. Atreya, P. N. Mahaffy, et al. H. B. Franz, C. Malespin, M. G. Trainer, J. C. Stern, P. G. Conrad, H. Manning, R. O. Pepin, R. H. Becker, C. P. McKay, T. C. Owen, R. Navarro-Gonzaalez, J. H. Jones, B. M. Jakosky, and A. Steele. 2013. "Isotopes of Nitrogen on Mars: Atmospheric Measurements by Curiosity's Mass Spectrometer." Geophys. Res. Lett. 40 6033-6037 [10.1002/2013GL057840]

    Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, A. C. McAdam, K. E. Miller, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, R. E. Summons, D. Y. Sumner, B. Sutter, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, J. J. Wray, and J. P. Grotzinger. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science 341 6153 [10.1126/science.1238937]

    Burton, A. S., J. Stern, J. Elsila, D. Glavin, and J. Dworkin. 2012. "Understanding prebiotic chemistry through the analysis of extraterrestrial amino acids and nucleobases in meteorites." Chemical Society Reviews 41 5459-5472.

    Li, X., Y. Wang, J. Stern, and B. Gu. 2011. "Isotopic evidence for the source and fate of phosphorus in Everglades wetland ecosystems." Applied Geochemistry 26 (5): 688-695 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.01.027]

    Callahan, M. P., K. E. Smith, H. J. Cleaves, et al. J. Ruzicka, J. C. Stern, D. P. Glavin, C. H. House, and J. P. Dworkin. 2011. "Carbonaceous meteorites contain a wide range of extraterrestrial nucleobases." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (34): 13995-13998 [10.1073/pnas.1106493108]

    Stern, J. C., J. Chanton, T. Abichou, et al. D. Powelson, L. Yuan, S. Escoriza, and J. Bogner. 2007. "Use of a biologically active cover to reduce landfill methane emissions and enhance methane oxidation." Waste Management 27 (9): 1248-1258 [10.1016/j.wasman.2006.07.018]

    Stern, J., Y. Wang, B. Gu, and J. Newman. 2007. "Distribution and turnover of carbon in natural and constructed wetlands in the Florida Everglades." Applied Geochemistry 22 (9): 1936-1948 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2007.04.007]

    Stern, J. C., J. E. Sonke, and V. J. Salters. 2007. "A capillary electrophoresis-ICP-MS study of rare earth element complexation by humic acids." Chemical Geology 246 (3-4): 170-180 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.09.008]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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