Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Erik Fischer
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Erik Fischer

Research Fellow

Office: 2215 Space Research Building
Phone: +1-734-647-9441
Email: erikfis@umich.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018, Thesis: "Experimental Study of the Formation of Liquid Saline Water on Mars"
  • M.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Aerospace Engineering, TU Braunschweig, Germany, 2007-2011

Research

  • Martian environmental conditions
  • Water on Mars
  • Brine formation

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Experimental simulation of Martian environmental conditions
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of brine formation on Mars
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • In-situ environmental measurements on Mars, instrumentation and calibration

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA Mars Science Laboratory Extended Mission-1 Group Achievement Award, 2017
  • NASA Mars Science Laboratory Group Achievement Award, 2015
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Full Scholarship, 2011-2012
  • TU Braunschweig Scholarship, 2010-2011

Professional Service

  • Science team collaborator on the Mars Science Laboratory, REMS instrument
  • Peer reviewer for Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Planetary and Space Science
  • Science outreach: Invited talk at Ann Arbor Science and Sceptics
  • Guest lecturer in GERMAN 232: Scientific German, 2013-2018
  • Graduate Student Instructor in ASTRO 142: From the Big Bang to the Milky Way, 2012
  • Student Instructor in Computer Science for Engineers, TU Braunschweig, 2010
  • Student Instructor in Materials Science, TU Braunschweig, 2009-2010

Publications

Refereed Journal Publications:

  1. Martínez, G. M., C. N. Newman, A. De Vicente-Retortillo, E. Fischer, N. O. Renno, M. I. Richardson, A. G. Fairén, S. D. Guzewich, R. M. Haberle, O. Kemppinen, M. T. Lemmon, M. D. Smith, M. de la Torre-Juárez and A. R. Vasavada, The Modern Near-Surface Martian Climate: A Review of In-situ Meteorological Data from Viking to Curiosity, Space Science Reviews, 212(1-2), 295-338, 2017.

  2. Fischer, E., G. M. Martínez, and N. O. Rennó, Formation and persistence of liquid brine in the Martian polar region: Experimental analysis throughout the diurnal cycle at the Phoenix landing site, Astrobiology, 16(12), 937-948, 2016.

  3. Fischer, E., Searching for liquid brine on Mars using Raman spectroscopy, Física de la Tierra, 28, 181-195, 2016 (invited).

  4. Martínez, G. M., E. Fischer, N. O. Rennó, E. Sebastián, O. Kemppinen, N. Bridges, C. S. Borlina, P.-Y. Meslin, M. Genzer, A.-M. Harri, A. Vicente-Retortillo, M. Ramos, M. de la Torre Juárez, F. Gómez, J. Gómez-Elvira and the REMS Team, Likely frost events at Gale crater: Analysis from MSL/REMS measurements, Icarus, 280, 93-102, 2016.

  5. Fischer, E., G. M. Martínez, H. Elliott, and N. O. Rennó, Experimental evidence for the formation of liquid saline water on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(13), 4456-4462, 2014.

  6. Martínez, G. M., N. O. Rennó, E. Fischer, C. S. Borlina, B. Hallet, M. de la Torre-Juárez, A. Vasavada, M. Ramos, V. Hamilton, J. Gómez-Elvira, R. M. Haberle, and the REMS Team, Surface Energy Budget and Thermal Inertia at Gale Crater: Calculations from Ground-Based Measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 119.8: 1822-1838, 2014.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., 2018. The Phoenix Lander's Relative Humidity Sensor Calibration: New Results and Analysis. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, vol. 49. The Woodlands, TX, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., 2017. Results of the Phoenix Relative Humidity Sensor Recalibration. American Geophysical Union. New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Neamati, D., Renno, N.O., 2017. The Formation of Frost and Liquid Brines on Spacecraft Materials at Mars Environmental Conditions. AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts, vol. 49. Provo, UT, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., 2017. Recalibration and Analysis of the Phoenix Relative Humidity Sensor Data. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, vol. 48. The Woodlands, TX, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., 2017. Experimental Recreation of the Diurnal Cycle at the Phoenix Landing Site - Investigating the Formation and Persistence of Brine. 6th Mars Atmosphere Modeling and Observation Workshop. Granada, Spain.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., Tamppari, L., Zent, A., 2015. Analysis of the Phoenix Mission's Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe (TECP) Relative Humidity Data. American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., Elliott, H., Renno, N. O., 2014. Experimental Evidence for the Formation of Liquid Brines on Mars. Abgradcon 2014. Troy, NY, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Martinez, G., Elliott, H., Borlina, C., Renno, N.O., 2014. Experimental Demonstration of the Formation of Liquid Brines under Martian Polar Conditions in the Michigan Mars Environmental Chamber. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 16), Vienna, Austria.
  • Fischer, E., Martinez, G.M., Elliott, H.M., Borlina, C.S., Renno, N.O., 2013. The Michigan Mars Environmental Chamber: Preliminary Results and Capabilities. American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Fischer, E., Backhus, R.F., Elliott, H.M., Martinez, G.M., Renno, N.O., 2013. A Miniature Soil Wetness Sensor to Detect Brines on Mars and Beyond. Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2013. Montreal, QC, CAN.
Updated: 2018-06-18