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Astrophysicist Dives Into Water On Mars

Astrophysicist Dr. Nadine Barlow will present two lectures in downtown Pensacola focused on water on Mars. The lectures are being hosted by the University of West Florida’s Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.

Dr. Nadine Barlow (photo/UWF)

“We are excited to host Nadine Barlow, who is recognized for her research on Martian craters and their association with the search for water on Mars,” Dr. Matthew Schwartz, associate dean of HMCSE, said in a statement. “This is the first in what will be a regular series of UWF HMCSE seminars from national and international speakers.”

Barlow, a professor at Northern Arizona University and director of the NAU-NASA Space Grant Program, will present “The Search for Water on Mars,” at 6 p.m., April 6 at the Museum of Commerce, 201 E. Zaragoza St. A reception will begin prior to the lecture at 5:30 p.m. On April 7, Barlow will present “How Understanding Water on Mars Informs our Understanding of the Martian (and Earth) Climate,” at 1 p.m., following a 12:30 p.m. reception in Building 4, Room 102 on UWF’s Pensacola campus.

Both events are open to the public.

The author of “Mars: An Introduction to its Interior, Surface and Atmosphere,” Barlow has researched impact craters on Mars, as well as the understanding of Mars’ climate history and Earth’s own climate, past and future. She is a member of multiple scientific societies, including the American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences, American Geophysical Union, Planetology Section, Geological Society of America, Planetary Geology Division, International Astronomical Union, Sigma Xi and the Committee on Undergraduate Research. In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Barlow has received multiple accolades for mentoring research students at NAU.

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