Melissa Battler

Dr. Battler attained her PhD from Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) in London, Canada, where she studied the mineralogy of Canadian Arctic cold springs and the detection of spring deposits on Mars. She holds an Honours BSc (Earth Sciences) from the University of Waterloo, and both a diploma in University Teaching and an MSc (Geology) from the University of New Brunswick, where she designed and produced a lunar regolith simulant. Dr. Battler attended the Space Studies Program at the International Space University as a participant and as a visiting lecturer, and the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy. She founded four space advocacy groups, is past President of Mars Society Canada and was a Canadian Space Agency Student Ambassador for 10 years. She led a four month Mars mission simulation at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic, and has led seven crews at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA from 2003 until present, most of which were part of the Expedition Mars training program or the NASA Spaceward Bound training program, both of which she co-designed.