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"It has been said that the primary function of schools is to impart enough facts to make children stop asking questions. Some, with whom the schools do not succeed, become scientists"
    (opening words of The Camel's Nose, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen).

David Catling

Professor, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences / Astrobiology Program, at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Adjunct Prof., Dept of Atmospheric Sciences.

Areas of research include:

  • Planetary Atmospheres and Climate; The Coupled Evolution of Planetary Surfaces and Atmospheres.
  • Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere and the Co-evolution of Life and Biogeochemical Cycles; Astrobiology.
My academic family tree back about a century
Advisor-advisee tree based on post-doctoral, PhD, masters and undergrad research advisors and their advisees. Hopefully, a few crumbs of wisdom have passed down this tree to me.

Brief Bio

  • 2012-present: Professor, University of Washington
  • 2009-2012:     Associate Professor, Univ. of Washington
  • 2005-2008:     European Union Marie Curie Chair at the University of Bristol, England.
  • 2001: Jointly appointed to University of Washington Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences and Astrobiology Program

   Some key co-workers:
    Kevin Zahnle (NASA Ames Research Center)
    Roger Buick (University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences)
    Tyler Robinson (UC Santa Cruz)
    Giles Marion (Emeritus, Desert Research Insitute)
    Steve Wood (University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences)
    David Montgomery (University of Washington, Earth and Space                                                     Sciences)
   Current postdoctoral researchers:
    Jon Toner (Dept. Earth and Space Sciences)

    Current graduate students

    Josh Krissansen-Totton (Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences &                                          Astrobiology)
    Steven Sholes (Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences/ Astrobiology)
    Owen Lehmer (Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences/ Astrobiology)
    Lauren O'Neil (Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences/ Astrobiology)
    Erik Goosmann (Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences/ Astrobiology)

   Former Ph.D and M.S. students:
   Where are they now?

    Elliot Sefton-Nash (2010 PhD) - postdoctoral scholar, Birkbeck
    College, London.
    Sanjoy Som (2010 PhD) - researcher, Blue Marble Space &
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Mark Claire (2008 PhD) - Lecturer,  Univ. of St. Andrews
    Megan Smith (2015 MS) - Technical staff, Aerospace Corp.,
    El Segundo, Los Angeles, CA

   Former postdoctoral researchers:
   Where are they now?

    Julien Foriel (2005-8) - Researcher, Tokyo Tech University
    Phil Pogge von Strandmann (2009-11) - Senior Lecturer,
    University College London
    Benjamin Charnay (2014-16) - postdoc, Paris-Meudon Observatory

   Former undergraduate researchers:
   Where are they now?

    MacKenzie Day (2010) - Univ. of Texas, Austin, PhD Student
    David Bergsman (2009-2010) - Stanford Univ., PhD Student
    Meelis Lootus (2007-8) - Univ. of Oxford DPhil in 2015.
    Quantitative analyst at Cantab Capital Partners, Cambridge, UK.
    Chris Glein (2004-5) -  Postdoc, Univ. of Toronto; ASU PhD 2012.
    Carie Frantz (2004) - Postdoc, Univ. of Washington; USC PhD 2013.
    Elliott Ginder (2002-2004) - Assistant Professor, Hokkaido Univ.
Japan, after a PhD at Kanazawa University.
    Cindy Peacock (2003-2004) - NOAA, Chemist.
    Charlie Barnhart (2003) - Assistant Professor, Western
    Washington University.
    Joannah Metz  (2001) -  Caltech PhD (2010). Geoscientist, Shell Oil.
    Carol Paty (2000) - Associate Professor, Georgia Tech.
    Hillary Waites  (1997) - Climate change attorney, Santa Clara, CA.


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