Curriculum vitae

Dr. Jessica Flahaut, Planetary Geologist

Institution                     University of Lyon, FRANCE

Contact                , +33618483612



Research Interests

  • Planetary Geology (Mars, the Moon, small bodies), Sedimentary and Magmatic Processes
  • Remote Sensing Techniques, Data Processing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Hyperspectral Analysis, Mineralogy, IR and Raman Spectroscopy  – ISEM and LIS sci. Team
  • Landing Site Selection (Mars, the Moon) – Exomars 2018 and LM1 LSSWG Member
  • Field Geology, Sample Collection, Preparation and Analysis (microscopy, Raman + reflectance spectroscopy, XRD), Analog Studies, Campaign Logistics



2012 Space Studies Program diploma (SSP), option ‘Space applications’, completed with the highest honors. International Space University (ISU) at Florida Institute of Technology/ Kennedy Space Center,

2011 PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences, completed with the highest honors, and a special distinction from the jury. Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon)/ Brown University, supervised by C. Quantin/P. Allemand,

2008 Master’s in Earth and Planetary Sciences/Applied Geophysics, completed with honors. ENS Lyon/ETH Zurich (Erasmus)

2005  Bachelor’s in Geology, completed with honors, after 2 years of “classes préparatoires BCPST”, ENS Lyon/Lycée Poincaré Nancy, 2005.

2008–2014: Attended and successfully completed multiple Summer schools: ESA Earth Observation (EO) summer school (2014, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy); Lunar summer Exploration Program (2010, LPI, Houston, TX); NASA Nordic Summer School, (2009, Reykjavik, Iceland), ESA/FFG Alpach Summer School (2008, Alpbach, Austria).



Since November 2015    CNES Research fellow, University of Lyon, France

2013 – 2015:                 VENI Research fellow, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 – 2013:                 Research fellow in the OMEGA team, IAS, Orsay, France

2008 – 2011:                 PhD student, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France and Brown University, RI, USA. Title: “Remote sensing survey of the mineralogy of Valles Marineris: insights into the magmatic and sedimentary processes on Mars”.


National-international Activities

  • 2015-present: Member of the Lunar Mission One Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG).
  • 2015 – present: Member of ESA Topical Team on Exploitation of Local Planetary Materials
  • 2014- present: Member of the Exomars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG).
  • 2014- present: Member of the Lunar IR spectrometer (LIS, Luna-26 and 27) and Exomars IR spectrometer (ISEM) science teams (PI: O. Korablev)
  • 2014: Co-proposer of the Mars2020 Coprates Chasma landing site (PI: C. Quantin)
  • 2009-2012: Member of the ISSI international team on Mars layered deposits (PI: T. Zegers)
  • Reviewer: JGR-Planets, Icarus, Advances in Space Research, Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, Cambridge University Press
  • Meeting organization: Convener of the terrestrial analogs session (Moscow 6ms3 symposium, 2015), Convener and chairwoman of the session ‘Stratigraphy of Aqueous Mineralogy on Mars Through Coordinated Analyses of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Morphology’ (EPSC 2014), Convener and chairwoman of the session ‘Spectroscopy in the Solar System’, (EPSC 2011), volunteer at LPSC 2011, 2012.


Grants and Fundings

  • CNES postdoctoral fellowship, 2015- 2017
  • Co-PI (main writer) of a N.W.O./NSO User Support Programme project on the martian crust (PI: G.R. Davies), 2015 – 2019, 250k€
  • Co-I of a NASA/NPIRES (MDAP) grant on Mars acidic alteration (PI: Janice Bishop), 2015 –
  • P.I. of a N.W.O. VENI grant on :« Constraining the habitability of Mars through multi-component analysis of its sulfate-rich deposits », 2013 – 2016, 250k€
  • Co-PI and main writer of a Goetz Instrument Support Program grant from ASDinc/PAN analytical (co-PI: Nicola Potts), 2014 – 2015
  • Co-PI of a N.W.O./NSO User Support Programme project on the lunar crust (PI: Wim van Westrenen), 2014 – 2018, 250k€
  • Student funding: International Space University (ISU) Space Summer Program 2012, supported by CNES (2.5 k€) and ESA (17.5 k€)
  • Student funding: LPI Summer Intern Exploration Program 2010 supported by USRA/NASA (10 k€)
  • Student funding: Explora’doc grant (region Rhône-Alpes/City of Lyon), supporting an exchange study at Brown University in 2009 and 2010, Providence, RI (4,3 k€)
  • Erasmus student at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2007 (4 k€)
  • Student travel grants: Landing sites workshop in Leiden, NL, 2011, supported by Europlanets (0.8 k€); EPSC conference, 2011, supported by Europlanets (0.3 k€); LPSC conference, 2011, supported by LPI/USRA (2 k€); Les Houches Mars III workshop, 2010, supported by CNES (0.5 k€); Nasa Nordic Summer School 2009, supported by NASA (4 k€); Alpbach summer School supported by CNES (1 k€).


Teaching Experience


  • Occasional teaching (2013-2015)

Planetary science for MSc (Mars lectures), VU University Amsterdam (NL).

Planetary science for MSc (Invited Moon lectures), University of Lyon (FR).

Planetary science for MSc (Invited Mars lectures), University of Nancy (FR).


  • Teaching assistant (2009 – 2012, 64h/year, Bachelor’s and Master’s students)

Introduction to Geosciences, Planetology, Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, Biological Evolution, Elasticity, Field Geology.


  • Student supervision

- Clément Brustel (2016-, main supervisor PhD thesis, VU University Amsterdam/University of Lyon) « Petrology of the Martian crust »

- Mélissa Martinot (2015-, main supervisor PhD thesis, VU University Amsterdam/University of Lyon) « Composition and structure of the Lunar crust inferred from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper data »

- Clément Brustel (2015, Master thesis, VU University Amsterdam) « Characteristics of the dikes of Valles Marineris, Mars: Insights into the magmatic and tectonic history of the area »

- Jelmer Oosthoek (2011-2015, co-supervisor PhD thesis, Jacobs University Bremen)

- Anna Van Soest (2015-2016, Master thesis, VU University Amsterdam) « Structural mapping and tectonic history of the Claritas Rise region of Mars »

- Marloes Offringa (2014-2015, Master’s research project, VU University Amsterdam): « Analysis of the sedimentary deposits in Arabia Terra, Mars »

- Olivier Barrois (2012, Bachelor’s thesis, ENS Lyon): « Jackson Crater, a potential landing site for future lunar missions »

- Rémi Delon (2012, Bachelor’s thesis, ENS Lyon): « Analysis of an olivine-rich layer in Eos Chasma, Mars »


Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Awarded the “Most outstanding poster presentation travel award” of the EMS
  • 2014 Awarded the “Most outstanding paper award for young scientists” of the COSPAR
  • 2013 Awarded the “Prix de la vocation” of the French aeronautics and astronautics society (3AF) (most inspiring and promising young researcher in his/her field).
  • 2012 Awarded NWO VENI “top researcher” postdoctoral grant (250 k€ for 3 years – first planetary scientist to be awarded this grant).
  • 2012 Awarded the “Prix Van Straelen” from the French geological society (SGF) (best PhD in Geology).
  • 2012 Awarded the “Prix Le Monde de la recherche universitaire” by the french newspaper Le Monde (best PhD thesis of the year).
  • 2012 International Space University (ISU) Space Summer Program supported by CNES (2.5 k€) and ESA (17.5 k€).
  • 2010 LPI Summer Intern Exploration Program supported by USRA/NASA (10 k€)
  • 2009 – 2010: Explora’doc grant (4,3 k€ for 6 months), supporting an exchange study at Brown University, Providence, RI.

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