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Chris Herd

Dr. Christopher Herd's research expertise includes the mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and organic chemistry of meteorites with a focus on those derived from Mars and primitive asteroids. His specific research interests include the petrogenesis of martian meteorites, with a particular focus on their redox conditions of formation, the involvement of water in their petrogeneses, and the nature of the mantle sources from which they are ultimately derived; and the relationship between organic matter and parent body evolution of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Furthermore, Dr. Herd utilizes organic and geochemical studies of various meteorite types to gain insights into the best methods of curation and handling of pristine planetary materials, including those relevant to sample return missions.