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     Date Submitted:06-03-2015
     Last Modified:06-03-2015 (11:19)
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     Current job:Researcher
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     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsspace science, project management

    Citizenship: USA

    Work Authorizations: USA, EU, UK (diplomatic spouse)





    2009 Ph.D. University of Montana, Geosciences Department, Missoula MT


    Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hinman

    Dissertation title- Biosignature storage in sulfate minerals- synthetic and natural investigations of the jarosite group minerals


    2004 B.S. Degree in Chemistry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT





    2013 - 2014     Research Faculty - Universität Konstanz & Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany

    ICARUS Initiative- International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space

    Responsibilities included the development and coordination of the international portion of the education and outreach activities of the space project through an ESA funded feasibility study. Additional responsibilities included requirements engineeringandscientific industry interface for technical documentation with the DLR (German Aerospace Center), Germany Space Industries, Roscosmos, ESA and NASA for the space and ground segment of the flight experiment.



    2010 - 2013     Research Faculty - Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, NL Visiting Scientist European Space Agency ESA-ESTEC, NL


    Miller Urey in Space Experiment-

    Principal Investigator and science team coordinator (through end 2012) for the Miller-Urey Experiment in space (MUE), a project that investigates the formation of organic compounds in the early Solar System environment that will be sent to and retrieved from the International Space Station at the completion of the flight acceptance review. Responsibilities include validation and verification testing of the engineering flight hardware at the European Space Agency –European Space Research and Technology Center (ESA-ESTEC), including procedures for safe and clean handling of the hardware, sampling method selection, method optimization and development for gas, liquid and solid phase analyses by various GC-MS, LC-MS, and FT-IR techniques. Additional responsibilities include meeting management, coordination of the science team activities and scheduling, management of the science team budget and the supervision of students and graduates from the University and Agency for project and science related work.

    Mars Analogue Research-

    Responsibilities include the analysis of Mars analogue soil samples from various worldwide locations for mineralogy by bulk quantitative X-Ray Diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy, specialized clay mineral X-Ray Diffraction analysis and the direction of students and technicians in support of various research projects in space science and planetary geology.


    2008 - 2010     Special Projects Geologist- North American Palladium, Canada


    Responsibilities included carrying out scientific research related to the geochemistry of the Lac des Iles PGE deposit from existing exploration databases and the development of additional core logging and analytical testing applications for the exploration drilling activities to further complement exploration and mining targets. Development projects were devised to complement exploration activities with active and “care and maintenance” mining staff for studies such as investigating, testing, and implementing test plans for geo-metallurgical modeling of incoming ore to maximize ore recovery. Additional responsibilities included providing technical guidance and training to the exploration team and maintaining technical documentation and reporting involving a wide range of internal and external reports and publications.


    2005 - 2008    Department of Energy Academic Excellence Program Intern- Idaho National     Laboratory


    Instrumental analysis of synthetic and natural mineral samples (jarosite, natrojarosite, ammoniojarosite, plumbojarosite, gypsum, schwertmannite, and goethite) including amino acid substituted minerals by Laser Desorption Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry (LD-FTMS), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Collaborators- Dr. Daphne L. Stoner and Dr. Jill R. Scott.


    2004 - 2008    Graduate Research Assistant- Geosciences Department, University of Montana


    Geochemistry and mineralogy research including the synthesis and field collection of iron minerals, iron sulfate minerals and calcium sulfate minerals, characterization of natural and synthetic samples by XRD, FT-IR, and SEM-EDS.


    2003                Undergraduate Research Assistant- Geology Department, University of Montana


    Geochemistry laboratory and field experiences included the characterization of solid state NMR data of minerals obtained from Yellowstone National Park, the collection of water and solid samples, pH, dissolved oxygen and spectroscopic analysis of ammonia, iron, and sulfides from water samples.


    2002                Department of Energy Technical Scholar- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    Research in organic synthesis in the Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate and Glenn T. Seaborg Nuclear Chemistry Institute. Training included the synthesis of high affinity ligands using organic methods, chromatographic purifications, and NMR analysis of products.

    2000 - 2002    Undergraduate Research Assistant-Chemistry Dept., University of Montana


    Biochemistry research under the direction of Dr. Kent Sugden. Training and skills gained include: HPLC reaction purification, inorganic synthesis, gel-shift experiments, SDS-PAGE gels, western blots, sequencing electrophoresis, immunoprecipitation, densitometry, UV-VIS spectrophotometry, and radiation certification for the use of 32P.



    2014 – current Oxford University Museum of Natural History volunteer

    2012 - current            European Space Agency (ESA) Topical Team Co-Chair for Arts and Sciences (ETTAS). The ESA Arts and Sciences Topical Team is a multi-national team composed of scientists, artists and cultural academics assembled to establish an ESA Arts Initiative to enhance cultural and public ownership of space related research and artistic endeavors.          

    2010 - current            European Space Agency (ESA) Topical Team Co-Chair Astrobiology. The ESA Astrobiology Topical Team is an International team composed of scientists from varied backgrounds engaged in Astrobiology research. The goal of the team is to provide recommendations to ESA for future Earth and Space based experimental platforms to conduct Astrobiology research.

    2010 - 2013     Science Liaison for NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam for the Miller-Urey Exhibit. Responsibilities include providing technical support and research (including analysis of experiment samples) for a long-term scientific collaboration between several Dutch Universities and ESA for an experiment at the NEMO Science Museum for the abiotic synthesis of organic matter.


    2011                 University of Leiden- Internship coordinator and supervisor for International undergraduate researcher

    2010                Technical University Eindhoven Department of Molecular and Supramolecular        Chemistry- Master’s thesis committee member



    2008                University of Montana Geology Department- Faculty evaluations committee Chair


    2007                University of Montana Geology Department- Faculty search committee member


    2006                University of Montana Geology Department- Faculty search committee member



    2005 - 2008     Academic Excellence Fellowship and Internship Award Idaho National    



    2004 - 2006     Graduate Fellowship Inland Northwest Research Alliance/Department of Energy Subsurface Science Program            


    2002                Undergraduate Fellowship, Department of Energy Technical Scholar- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    2001 - 2004     McNair Scholars Program


    2001                Spring and fall semester NSF-EPSCor undergraduate fellowship


    2001                William Cahill Memorial Scholarship


    2000                IBS-CORE undergraduate fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute



    2008, 2009                              Lac Des Iles Igneous Complex- Ontario, Canada

    2006, 2007                              Craters of the Moon National Monument- Idaho, USA

    2006                                       Hells Half Acre- Idaho, USA

    2005                                       Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

    2005, 2006                             Death Valley National Park- California, Nevada, USA

    2004                                        Lost River Range- Idaho, USA

    2004                                        White Mountains- Idaho, USA

    2003-2007                               Yellowstone National Park- Wyoming, USA




    Sarah Jane Pell, Anna Barbara Imhof, Christian Waldvogel, J. Michelle Kotler, Marko Peljhan. (2014). A Cooperation Between the Arts, Space Science Research and the European Space Agency- Preliminary Findings of the Esa Topical Team Arts and Sciences (ETTAS). Acta Astronautica, In press, Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.08.015


    C. Doc Richardson; Nancy Hinman; Lindsay J McHenry; J. Michelle Kotler; Dawn L. Knipe; and Jill R Scott.  (2012). Secondary Sulfate Mineralization and Basaltic Chemistry of Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho: Potential Martian Analog. Planetary and Space Science,Volume 65, Issue 1, May 2012, Pages 93-103.


    Kotler, J.M., Quinn, R.C., Foing, B.H., Martins, Z., and Ehrenfreund, P. (2011). Analysis of Mineral Matrices of planetary soil analogs from the Utah Desert. International Journal of Astrobiology, 10, 3, 221-229.


    Ehrenfreund, P., Röling, W.F.M., Thiel, C.S., Quinn, R., Sephton, M.A., Stoker, C., Kotler, J.M. (2011). Astrobiology and habitability studies in preparation for future Mars missions: trends from investigating minerals, organics and biota. International Journal of Astrobiology, 10, 3, 239-253.


    Foing, B.H., Stoker, C., Zavaleta, J., Ehrenfreund, P., Thiel, C., Sarrazin, P., Blake, D., Page, J., Pletser V., Hendrikse J., Direito, S., Kotler, J.M., Martins, Z., Orzechowska, G., Gross, C., Wendt, L., Clarke, J., Borst, A.M., Peters, S.T.M., Wilhelm, M.-B., Davies, G.R. & ILEWG EuroGeoMars 2009 team. (2011). Field Astrobiology Research in Moon-Mars Analogue Environment: Instruments & Methods. International Journal of Astrobiology, 10, 3, 141-160.


    Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Richardson, C.D. and Scott, J.R. (2010). Thermal decomposition behavior of potassium and sodium jarosite synthesized in the presence of methylamine and alanine. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 102, 1, 23-26.


    Kotler, J. M., Richardson, C. D., Hinman, N. W., and Scott, J. R., (2010) The Stellar Stew: Distribution of Extraterrestrial Organics in the Universe.  In Astrobiology: from simple molecules to primitive Life, V. A. Basiuk, Eds., American Scientific Publishers: Valencia, CA, pages 45- 99.


    Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Richardson, C.D., Conly, A.G., and Scott, J.R. (2009). Laboratory simulations of prebiotic molecule stability in the jarosite mineral group; end member evaluation of detection and decomposition behavior related to Mars sample return. Planetary and Space Science, 57, 12, 1381-1388.


    Hinman, N.W., Kotler, J.M., Yan, B., Tenesch, A., Morris, R.V., Stoner, D.L., and Scott, J.R. (2009) Controls on Schwertmannite Chemistry:  Deposition and Diagenesis.  Applied Geochemistry, 24, 7, 1185-1197.


    Scott, J.R., Kotler, J. M., Hinman, N.W., Yan, B., Stoner, D.L., and Richardson, C.D. (2008). Searching for Biosignatures as Signs of Life using GALDI-FTMS. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science 43, 26–27.


    Richardson, C.D., Hinman, N.W., McJunkin, T.R., Kotler, J.M., and Scott, J.R. (2008). Exploring Biosignatures Associated with Thenardite by Geomatrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (GALDI-FTICR-MS). Geomicrobiology Journal, 25, 1-9.


    Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Scott, J.R., Yan, B. and Stoner, D.L. (2008) Glycine Identification in Natural Jarosites Using Laser-Desorption Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry: Implications for the search for life on Mars. Astrobiology, 8, (2), 253-266.


    Yan, B., Stoner, D. L., Kotler, J. M., Hinman, N. W., and J. R. Scott. (2007). Detection of Biosignatures by Geomatrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (GALDI) Mass Spectrometry. Geomicrobiology Journal, 24(3-4), 379-385.


    Hailer-Morrison, M.K., Kotler, J.M., Martin, B.D., and Sugden, K.D. (2003) Oxidized Guanine Lesions as Modulators of Gene Transcription. Altered p50 Binding Affinity and Repair Shielding by 7,8-dihydro-8-oxo-2’-deoxyguanosine Lesions in the NF-kappaB Promoter Element. Biochemistry  42 (32): 9761-70.


    Hinman, N.W., Kotler, M., and Tenesh, A. (2003). The Relevance of Trace Metal Content in Identification of and Preservation in Siliceous Sinters. Astrobiology, (2): 660



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