Marion Nachon

Marion Nachon

Postdoctoral Research Associate


  • Project 2: “Dust from Mars-analog plains in Iceland: physico-chemical properties as a function of grain size”.
  • Project 3: Participation to Iceland field work for project “SAND-E: Semi-Autonomous Navigation in Detrital Environments: Integrating robotic terrain analysis, geochemistry, and sedimentology to assess sediment transport pathways”. Funded by NASA PSTAR, lead by Dr. R. Ewing.


Education and previous appointments

2016 - 2018   Postdoctoral Researcher. University of California Davis.

Science collabortaor, NASA Mars Science Laboratory mission - Mast Camera (Mastcam), Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) Team member.

2012 - 2016   Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Sciences. Université de Nantes - Laboratoire Planétologie et Géodynamique, France. 

Dissertation: "Study of martian surface chemistry and mineralogy, using ChemCam data and LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) experiments".

Science collaborator, NASA Mars Science Laboratory mission - ChemCam (Chemistry and Camera) instrument Team member. 

2010 - 2012   M.Sc. Earth and Planetary Sciences. Université Paris Sud, France.

2007 - 2010   B.Sc. Earth and Environmental Sciences. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. Including 1 year ERASMUS exchange at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.


  • 2019: Texas A&M Postdoctroal Scholar Travel Award.
  • 2017: UCDavis Postdoctoral Symposium Talk Award.
  • 2014, 2015: NASA Group Achievement Awards: MSL ChemCam instrument Science Team.

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