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

GSTUDENT


Erik Fischer

Erik Fischer

Doctoral Student/Research Assistant

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

Education

  • PhD student in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, University of Michigan, since Jan. 2013.
  • M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Sep. 2011 - Dec. 2012.
  • Aerospace Engineering, TU Braunschweig, Germany, Oct. 2007 - Aug. 2011.

Research

  • Experimental simulation of the Martian surface and subsurface environment.
  • Instrument design and simulation of in-situ sensors for detection of water on Mars.
  • Mars Science Laboratory data analysis.

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Extended Mission-1 Science and Operations Team Group Achievement Award, 2017. 
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Mission Science and Operations Team Group Achievement Award, 2015.
  • Recipient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship, 2011-2012.
  • TU Braunschweig General Scholarship, 2010-2011.

Professional Service

Mission Involvement:

  • NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity): PhD student collaborator on the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS), PhD advisor: Nilton O. Renno, Co-I of REMS.

Academia:

  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, since Jan. 2013.
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, Sept.-Dec. 2012.
  • Student Assistant, Inst. of Aircraft Design and Lightweight Structures, TU Braunschweig, Germany, Apr.-July 2010.
  • Student Assistant, Inst. of Materials Science, TU Braunschweig, Germany, Feb. 2009 - Jan. 2010.

Publications

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • Martínez, G. M., C. N. Newman, A. De Vicente-Retortillo, E. Fischer, N. O. Renno, M. I. Richardson, A. G. Fairén et al. "The Modern Near-Surface Martian Climate: A Review of In-situ Meteorological Data from Viking to Curiosity." Space Science Reviews (2017), 1-44, 2017.
  • Fischer, E., G. M. Martínez, and N. O. Renno, Formation and Persistence of Brine on Mars: Experimental Simulations throughout the Diurnal Cycle at the Phoenix Landing Site, Astrobiology, 16(12), 937-948, DOI:10.1089/ast.2016.1525, 2016.
  • Fischer, E.Detección de salmueras en Marte mediante espectroscopia Raman (Searching for brine on Mars using Raman spectroscopy), Física de la Tierra, 28, 181-195, 2016 (invited).
  • 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.
  • Fischer, E., G. M. Martínez, H. Elliott, and N. O. Renno, Experimental evidence for the formation of liquid saline water on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 41, DOI:10.1002/2014GL060302, 2014.
  • Martínez, G. M., N. O. Renno, 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.

Conference Articles:

  • Fischer, E., Martinez, 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., Martinez, 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.
  • Renno, N.O., Fischer, E., Martínez, G.M., 2015. Experimental Confirmation of Liquid Brines on Mars. American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Martínez, G.M., Fischer, E., Renno, N.O., Sebastián, E., Kemppinen, O., Bridges, N., Borlina, C.S., Meslin, P.-Y., Genzer, M., Harri, A.-M., Vicente-Retortillo, A., Ramos, M., de la Torre Juárez, M., Gómez, F., Gómez-Elvira, J., and the REMS Team, 2015. Analysis of Likely Frost Events and Day-to-Night Variability in Near-Surface Water Vapor at Gale. American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Martínez, G.M., Renno, N.O., Fischer, E., de la Torre-Juarez, M., Meslin, P-Y., Kemppinen, O., Genzer, M., Harri, A-H., Ramos, M., Borlina, C., Schröder, S., Gómez-Elvira, J., and the REMS team, 2015. Potential sub-micrometer-thick frost events and soil water content at Gale Crater: Calculations from MSL/REMS measurements. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, USA.
  • Martínez, G.M., Fischer, E., Renno, N.O., de la Torre-Juarez, M., Meslin, P-Y., Kemppinen, O., Genzer, M., Harri, A-H., Ramos, M., Borlina, C., Schröder, S., Gómez-Elvira, J., and the REMS team, 2014. Study of potential sub-micrometer-thick frost events and soil water content at Gale Crater. American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, 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.
  • Martínez, G.M., Fischer, E., Elliott, H., Borlina, C., Renno, N.O, 2014. Physisorbed liquid-like Water in Mars Gale Crater? Abgradcon 2014. Troy, NY, USA.
  • 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, CAN.
  • Martínez, G.M., Renno, N., Elliott, H., Fischer, E., 2013. Current Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars. Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2013. Montreal, CAN.
  • Martinez, G.M., Renno, N.O., Hoffman, J.H., Elliott, H., Fischer, E., 2013. Near Surface Water Vapor Pressure and Relative Humidity on Mars: New Values Obtained from the Phoenix Mars Spectrometer. 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The Woodlands, TX, USA.
  • Martinez, G.M., Renno, N.O., Elliott, H., Fischer, E., 2013. Present-Day Liquid Water on Mars: Theoretical Expectations, Observational Evidence, and Preferred Locations. The Present-Day Habitability of Mars Conference. Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • Elliott, H., Martinez, G.M., Fischer, E., Renno, N.O., 2013. Laboratory Experiments to Study the Martian Water Vapor Cycle. The Present-Day Habitability of Mars Conference. Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Updated: 2017-10-27