Dr. David A. Kring
Dr. David A. Kring

Principal Scientist

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


Classes Taught

Most of Dr. Kring’s classroom teaching was conducted at the University of Arizona (1989-2006).  Since coming to the LPI, he has continued teaching through a series of training programs that he developed for NASA.  In that capacity, Dr. Kring has trained nearly 90 M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral students in Houston in science and exploration topics associated with human exploration; nearly 100 M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral students at Meteor Crater and in the Flagstaff volcanic field; and another 40 participants at the Sudbury impact structure in Canada.  He has also trained four groups of NASA astronauts and one group each of CSA and JAXA astronauts. He has led other field-based training excursions to geologic sites in Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, Colorado, the Nevada Test Site, Yellowstone, the Pinacate volcanic field of northern Sonora, Newfoundland, and the Ries Crater in Germany.

Undergraduate Student Courses
NATS 101 Planet Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World
PtyS 195 Bombarding Earth: Sources and Hazards of Impacting Asteroids and Comets
PtyS 209 Exploration and Discovery in Planetary Sciences
GeoS/PtyS 411 Geology of the Solar System
Graduate Student Courses
Geos/PtyS 511 Geology of the Solar System
PtyS 594A Planetary Geology Field Studies
PtyS 599 Planetary Volcanism
Astro 599/PtyS 699 Origins of Stars and Planetary Systems
Geo 2870 The Origin and Evolution of the Moon
Independent Study Courses

For undergraduate and graduate students:  PtyS 199, 299, 299H, 498, 599, 900, 910, 920, and 930.

Field Training and Research Programs

Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program
Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater
Short Course and Field School at the Sudbury Impact Structure
Field Training and Research Program at the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field

Professional Training

Space Flight Resource Management (SFRM) Training for Science Operations

High School Research Programs

Lunar Science High School Research Program, 2008–2013
Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS), 2013–present

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