Jesús Martínez-Frías




Selected recent publications

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


Gomez-Elvira et al. (2012) The Environmental Sensor Suite for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Space Sci Rev 170, 1-4: 583-640



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

Main research lines

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)

 Councillor, European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA)

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

 Chair, IUGS Commission on Geoscience Education, Training and Techn. Trans.(COGE)

 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