Dr. Jack D. Farmer is Professor of Geobiology in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU). His research interests include biological mediation of sedimentary processes, the microbial fossil record of the Precambrian biosphere and the origin and early evolution animals.
Much of his research has focused on understanding the factors that control biosignature preservation and how this knowledge can be translated into strategies for the search for evidence of past life on the Precambrian Earth, or other planets, like Mars.
He is a participating scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover mission (ongoing) and a member of the CheMin instrument team on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which landed at Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012.
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