Clare has completed an MPhil in BEES and is now undertaking a PhD in BEES. Their MPhil was on creating a roadmap for the effective conservation of the Pilbara stromatolite fossils, which are the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth. Clare's PhD is on creating a conservation framework for Mars focussing on sites of astrobiological significance.
Project: Towards Active Conservation of Mars Geofeatures
Supervised by: Martin Van Kranendonk & Carol Oliver
Project Description: Clare's PhD will broach policy, law, planetary geology, planetary protection, and environmental management. Some key questions asked in the PhD are: How does the geography and geology of early life sites compare between Earth and Mars? How do we balance human exploration with adequate protection of scientifically important sites? What makes a site important enough to conserve? How is interplanetary policy enforced in a meaningful way?