Jesús Martínez Frías




Selected recent publications


 De Vera, J.P. et al. (2019) Limits of life and the habitability of Mars. The ESA space experiment BIOMEX on the ISS. Astrobiology 19-2: 145-157.

Mateo, M.E., Martínez-Frías, J. & Vegas, J. (2019) Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geopark: From Earth to Space. Springer Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism. ISBN 978-3-030-13130-2. 186 p.
Galán-Abellán, A.B. & Martínez-Frías, J. (2018) Environmental conditions of E Iberia's Early Triassic: and Earth example for understanding the ancient Mars. Episodes 41 (1): 333-50
Martínez-Frías, J. et al. (2017) The scientific and educational significance of geoparks as planetary analogues: the example of Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Episodes 40 (4): 343-347
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.





Earth Analog: Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark



Main research lines                            Brief CV (in Spanish)

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)

 Co-Founder Ibero-American Astrobiology Network

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

 President, International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH)

 Co-Founder European Astrobiology Institute





Instituto de Geociencias (CSIC, UCM)

c/ Doctor Severo Ochoa, 7
Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8
Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid - SPAIN
Tel: +34 91 3944829 - Fax: +34 91 3944798




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