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Mary Beth Wilhelm

Dr. Mary Beth Wilhelm is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center in California. She primarily researches the preservation of molecular biosignatures in Mars analog environments on Earth and is working to design new types of instrumentation for life detection. In 2015, she was part of the team that discovered liquid water brines on Mars. Dr. Wilhelm completed her Ph.D. in Planetary Science at Georgia Tech in 2017 and her bachelor’s in Earth & Planetary Science at Cornell University in 2012. She began working at NASA Ames as a high school intern in 2006 and in 2009 was the youngest Civil Servant hired in the Planetary Systems Division. Her research has taken her all over the planet allowing her the opportunity to do field work in the Atacama Desert, Chile and Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.