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David A. Kring

Indiana University, B.S. with Honors, Geology, 1984
Harvard University, Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, 1989

Professional Experience

  • Senior Staff Scientist, USRA Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas, 2009–present
  • Visiting Scientist for the Lunar Exploration Initiative, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas, 2006–2009
  • Director, NASA Space Imagery Center, Department of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2000–2006
  • Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2001–2006
  • Associate Professor, Department of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1999–2006
  • Founding Director, University of Arizona Meteorite Recovery Program, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona, 1992–2006
  • Senior Research Associate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1993–1999
  • Research Associate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1988–1993
  • Research Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, Harvard University, and Division of Planetary Sciences, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984–1988
  • Intern, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Division of Solar System Exploration, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 1983

Professional Committees and Responsibilities

  • Co-convener, Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment III, 2015
  • Member, Executive Council, NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, 2013–present
  • Co-convener, Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V Conference, 2013
  • Member, Lunar Sample Return Science Definition Team, European Space Agency, 2013–2014.
  • Member, Nominations Committee, Meteoritical Society, 2013.
  • Member, Group III, Strategic Knowledge Gaps for Moon First Human Exploration Scenario Specific Action Team, Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2012
  • Co-organizer, Short Course and Field School at the Sudbury Impact Structure, 2012 and 2013
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust, 2012
  • Co-convener, Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment II, 2012
  • Founder, Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater, 2010, 2011, and 2014
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Nördlingen 2010: The Ries Crater, the Moon, and the Future of Human Space Exploration, 2010
  • Principal Investigator, LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, 2009–present
  • Member, Executive Council, NASA Lunar Science Institute, 2009–2013
  • Member, Lunar Surface Scenarios Specific Action Team, Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2009
  • Member, Lunar Exploration Roadmap Specific Action Team, Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2008–present
  • Co-convener:  Workshop on Modeling Martian Hydrous Environments, 2009
  • Member, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee, 2009
  • Co-convener:  Workshop on Early Solar System Impact Bombardment, 2008
  • Director, Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program, 2008–2013
  • Co-Chair, Lunar Reconnaissance Lander spacecraft design team, 2006–2007
  • Chair, Science Team, Polar Surface Probe lunar spacecraft design team, 2006–2007
  • Chair, Science Team, Polar Express lunar spacecraft design team, 2005–2007
  • Chair, Science Team, Lunar Surface Explorer spacecraft design team, 2005–2007
  • Member, Science Team, and Chair of E/PO Team, Sampling Ancient Mars spacecraft design team, 2006
  • Chair, Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award Committee, Geological Society of America, 1999–present
  • Scientific Advisor, The Barringer Crater Company, 2000–present
  • Chair, Science Review Committee, Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research, 2001–present
  • Faculty Member, Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, University of Arizona, 2004–2006
  • Chair, Barringer Award Committee, The Meteoritical Society, 2003
  • Member, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee, 2003
  • Member, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee, 2001
  • Chair, G.K. Gilbert Award Committee, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 2001
  • Member, Science Team, Urey, Mars Scout-class spacecraft design team, 2002
  • Deputy Treasurer, Meteoritical Society, 2000–2002
  • Faculty Member, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, University of Arizona, 1999–2006
  • Science Team Member and Co-Investigator, Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project, 1999–2002
  • Member, Barringer Award Committee, The Meteoritical Society, 1999–2002
  • Member, Geological Society of America Joint Technical Program Committee, 1999–2000
  • Member, Meteorite Nomenclature Committee, 1999–2004
  • Chair, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 1999–2000
  • 1st Vice-Chair, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 1998-1999
  • Invited Expert, Advanced Measurements Systems for Astrobiology Workshop, Astrobiology Roadmap Project, 1998
  • Chair, Stephen E. Dwornik Planetary Geosciences Student Award Panel, Geological Society of America, 1998 
  • Member, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee, 1998-1999
  • Member, Science Team, Rockhound 2001 Mars Surveyor Rover Mission design team, 1997
  • Member, Science Team, TEGA (Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer), MVACS (Mars Volatile and Climate Surveyor), Mars Polar Lander mission, 1997–1999
  • 2nd Vice-Chair, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 1997–1998
  • Member, Sample Quarantine, Containment, and Preservation Team, Sample Return Technology Workshop, Roadmap Project, New Millennium Program, 1996
  • Member, Science Team, CONSR (Comet Nucleus Sample Return) Discovery-class spacecraft design team, 1996 
  • Member, Science Team, NEAP (Near-Earth Asteroid Prospector) Discovery-class spacecraft design team, 1996
  • Member, Science Working Group, IMP+ (Imager for Mars Pathfinder Plus) instrument team for the SAMI (Surface and Atmosphere of Mars Integrated payload) Mars ‘98 spacecraft design team, 1995
  • Chair, Precise Chemical Analysis of Solids Working Group, Planetary Surface Instrument Workshop, 1995
  • Invited Expert, Primordial Bodies Sample Return Working Group, 1993
  • Member, Science Working Group, REAAct (Rendezvous with Earth-Approaching Asteroids) Discovery-class spacecraft design team, 1992
  • Member, International Chicxulub Crater Consortium, 1991–1992

Awards and Honors

  • Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service, Planetary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 2012
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2011
  • Elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 2009
  • Named a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, 2004
  • Honored with asteroid 8391 being named Kring, 2000
  • American Geophysical Union’s Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 1993
  • NASA Graduate Student Research Award; 1986, 1987, and 1988
  • Sigma Xi, 1984
  • Research Award, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University, 1984
  • Research Honors, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, 1984
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geology Honorary, 1983
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honorary, 1983
  • Westinghouse Science Honors, 1980

Current Projects

  • The Chicxulub impact event and the mass extinction at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary
  • The Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project, International Continental Drilling Program
  • The environmental consequences of impact cratering processes
  • Martian meteorites and implications for the geologic evolution of Mars
  • Collisional evolution of ordinary chondrite parent bodies and the nature of asteroid regoliths
  • Impact-generated hydrothermal systems and implications for the origin and evolution of life
  • Was there a lunar cataclysm? The Impact-Origin of Life Hypothesis
  • Meteoritic evidence for the origin and evolution of the solar nebula

 

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November 24, 2014