Dr James D. Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
DAVINCI Mission: A giant leap forward in Venus exploration
Jim Garvin received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1984 where his dissertation emphasized the geologic exploration of the surfaces of Venus and Mars. For the past 36+ years he has served NASA as a scientist in various capacities, including his present role as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s flagship science center (Goddard), as well as a member of the MSL/Curiosity Mars rover and Mars Insight Lander science teams. He has served NASA Headquarters as a special science advisor for Mars to the Mars Program Director. In his present capacity, he is helping to plan NASA’s continuing Mars exploration program, catalyze new missions to Mars, Venus, the Moon, and Earth, orchestrate innovative scientific research, and to help integrate human and robotic exploration at the Moon.