Jesús Martínez-Frías




Selected recent publications

Rubin D.M. et al. (2016) Fluidized-sediment pipes in Gale crater , Mars, and possible Earth analogs Geology, doi:10.1130/G38339.1277.


Oehler, D.Z. et al. (2016) Origin and significance of decameter-scale polygons in the lower Peace Vallis fan of Gale crater, Mars. Icarus, 277, 56-72.


Martín-Torres, F.J. et al. (2015) Transient liquid water and water activity at Gale crater, Mars. Nature Geoscience doi: 10.1038/ngeo2422


Dabrowska, D.D. et al (2015) Scattering matrices of Martian dust analogs at 488 nm and 647 nm. Icarus 250: 83-94


Gómez Gómez J.M. et al. (2014) Drying bacterial bio-saline patterns showing vital reanimation upon re-hydration: a new hibernating biomineralogical Life fomationsAstrobiology 14(7): 589-602.


Hamilton, V. E., et al. (2014) Observations and Preliminary Science Results from the First 100 Sols of MSL REMS Ground Temperature Sensor Measurements at Gale Crater Journal Geophysical Research DOI: 10.1002/2013JE004520.


Martínez-Frías, J. (2014) Search for life on Mars: an astrogeological approach. In: Kolb, V (Ed.) Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach CRC Press 9781466584617, 504 p.


Gomez-Elvira, J. et al  (2014) Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station: The First 100 Sols Journal Geophysical Research doi:10.1002/2013JE004576.

Böttger, U. et al.  (2013) Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of the Calcium Oxalate Producing Extremotolerant Lichen Circinaria gyrosa. International Journal of Astrobiology DOI: S1473550413000323


Yingst, R.A. et al. (2013) Characteristics of pebble and cobble-sized clasts along the Curiosity rover traverse from Bradbury Landing to Rocknest Journal Geophysical Research doi: 10.1002/2013JE004435





Earth Analog: Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark


 "Earth Geology is the key to understand other worlds" - J. Martínez-Frías

Main research lines                                        Brief CV

Terrestrial Analogs and Planetary Exploration

 Extreme Environments and Mineralization Processes (Bio- and Geomarkers)

 Meteorites, Impacts and Megacryometeors

 Geoeducation and Geoethics (Earth & Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology)


 Director, Spanish Planetology and Astrobiology Network (REDESPA)

 Organizing Committee Member, IAU Astrobiology Commission (F3)

 Instructor of Lanzarote Geology and Planetary Analogues (ESA-PANGAEA)

 Science Officer. Origins and Astrobiology, PS, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

 WG Member, IAU Inter-Commission C1-F2-F3-H2 Education and Training in Astrobiology

 President, International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH)



Postal address

 Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM)
Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas
c/ José Antonio Novais, 12
Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid - SPAIN
Tel: +34 91 3944829 - Fax: +34 91 3944798