Mars Express PhD Theses


The following table provides details on PhD theses - based both on scientific results (making use of Mars Express observations and numerical predictions) and on "technical" work (hardware and software development, calibration and operations). Entries are compiled from information sent to us directly from the MEX scientists or through the submission form linked below.

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No. PhD year Name Thesis title Main institute
1 1999 W. Zeitler Simultane Neuausgleichung des globalen 3D-Mars-Netzes Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
2 2004 A. P. Rossi Terrestrial analogues to Martian surface features and Earth impact structures. Interational Research School of Planetary Sciences
3 2004 J. Lanz Geometrische, morphologische und stratigraphische Untersuchungen ausgewählter Outflow Channel der Circum-Chryse-Region, Mars, mit Methoden der Fernerkundung Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
4 2004 P. Dorninger A Topographic Mars Information System – Concepts for
Management, Analysis and Visualization of Planet-Wide Data
Technische Iniversität Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
5 2005 M. Glamocljia Microbial biosignatures from hydrothermal environments and the search for life on other planets Interational Research School of Planetary Sciences
6 2005 S. Werner Major Episodes of the Chronostratigraphy and Geologic Evolution of Mars Department of Earth Sciences. Freie Universität Berlin
7 2005 D. Reiß Erosionsrinnen auf dem Mars - Morphologie, Verbreitung, Genese und zeitliche Einordnung der Bildungsprozesse Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
8 2006 G. di Achille Hydrogeology of Xanthe Terra and Thaumasia Plateau (Mars), using MEX HRSC data. Interational Research School of Planetary Sciences
9 2006 A. Pacifici Analisi Geomorfologica della regione dell'Ares Vallis (Marte) tramite immagini ad alta risoluzione. Interational Research School of Planetary Sciences
10 2006 C. Popa Modellizzazione geochimica di possibili depositi evaporitici di Marte Interational Research School of Planetary Sciences
11 2007 S. van Gasselt Cold Climate Landforms on Mars Department of Earth Sciences. Freie Universität Berlin
12 2007 J.E. Bleacher Characterization of Shield Volcanoes on Earth and Mars from Slope Analyses and Lava Flow Mapping School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
13 2007 P. Saiger Entwicklung, Implementierung und Erprobung eines planetaren Informationssystems auf Basis von ArcGIS Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geodesy, DLR Berlin
14 2007 M. Spiegel Kombinierte Ausgleichung der Mars Express HRSC Zeilenbilddaten und des Mars Global Surveyor MOLA DGM Lehrstuhl für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung, Technischen Universität München
15 2007 J.-R. Kim Landscape objects detection and reconstruction by multi-sensor data fusion Department of Geomatic Engineering, University College London
16 2008 R. Schmidt Automatische Bestimmung von Verknüpfungspunkten für HRSC-Bilder der Mars Express-Mission Institut für Photogrammetrie und GeoInformation, Leibniz Univesität Hannover
17 2008 D. Loizeau Spectral and geological study of phyllosilicates on Mars Université Paris-Sud, Orsay
18 2008 D. Tirsch Dark Dunes on Mars - Analyses on origin, morphology, and mineralogical composition of the dark material in Martian craters Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
19 2008 L. Le Deit Les dépôts stratifiés dans la région de Valles Marineris (Mars) : composition minéralogique et morphologie Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, LPG-Nantes, France
20 2008 A. Jehl Photométrie orbitale HRSC de la surface de Mars / HRSC orbital phtometry of the Martian surface Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP), Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
21 2009 S. Silvestro Complex aeolian systems in the martian southern hemisphere Interational Research School pf Planetary Sciences
22 2009 K.Willner The Martian moon Phobos : a geodetic analysis of its motion, orientation, shape, and physical parameters Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geodesy, DLR Berlin
23 2009 M. Sowe Interior Layered Deposits in chaotic terrains on Mars Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
24 2009 S. Gehrke Geometrische und radiometrische Modellierung der Mars-Oberfläche aus HRSC-Bilddaten Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Technische Universität Berlin
25 2009 S. Bouley Morphology and age of Martian valley networks Université Paris-Sud, Orsay
26 2009 A.R. Baptista Volcanism in the southern Tharsis region Int. Physique du Globe de Paris
27 2009 S. Meresse Surface-subsurface interactions on Mars Université Paris-Sud, Orsay
28 2011 T. Kneissl Case studies of major surface processes on Mars with aspects of chronological relationships - Remote sensing applications and GIS spatial analysis Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
29 2011 X. Shi Working models for the gravitational field of Phobos Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Technische Universität Berlin
30 2012 L. Wendt Phyllosilicates and sulfates on Mars - Case studies from Terra Cimmeria and Valles Marineris Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
31 2012 G. Erkeling Aqueous History of the Libya Montes and Vicinity, Mars: Implications for the Martian Hydrologic Evolution and Climate Change Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
32 2012 E. Dehouck Alteration of the Martian surface Université Nantes
33 2013 S. Musiol Geodynamics of the Volcanoes Hadriaca Patera and Olympus Mons on Mars – Synthesis of Observations and Finite Element Modeling Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
34 2013 G. de Villiers Delta and fan morphologies on Mars as climate indicators Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
35 2013 W. Patsyn Multispectral observations of Phobos by HRSC on Mars Express Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)
36 2014 M. Bamberg Planetary Mapping Tools Applied to Floor-Fractured Craters on Mars Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
37 2014 A. Petau Fluviale Prozesse auf dem Mars - Abflussgeschehen, Abflussbilanzierung und Ableitung klimatischer Rahmenbedingungen anhand von Regionalstudien der Einschlagskrater Newton und Bakhuysen Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
38 2015 J. Raak Recent and present-day seasonal activity of morphological processes (gullies, dark flows, and dust devils) on Mars Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
39 2015 W.A. Marra Martian groundwater outflow processes and morphology: reconstruction of paleohydrology using landscape evolution experiments Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
40 2015 W.D. Poole Landscape Objects Detection and Reconstruction by Multi-sensor Data Fusion Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space & Climate Physics, University College London
41 2015 M. Al-Samir Evaporites in Juventae Chasma, Mars: Leaching experiments and geochemical modeling Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
42 2016 T. de Haas Life, death and revival of debris-flow fans on Earth and Mars: fan dynamics and climatic inferences Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
43 2016 S. Adeli Geologic history of water on Mars: regional evolution of aqueous and glacial processes in the southern highlands, through time Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
44 2117 H. Bernhardt The geology of the Hellas and Argyre basins and their implications for the geologic and climatic evolution of Mars Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
45 2018 C. Gross Phyllosilicates and Impact Craters on Mars – Impact Excavation versus Impact-induced Hydrothermal Activity Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
46 2018 M. Voelker Glacial and fluvia evolution of landforms in Hellas Planitia, Mars Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Geology, DLR Berlin
47   G. Alemanno ???    
48 2004 Ricardo Melchiorri Calibration et préparation à la spectro-imagerie planétaire LESIA, Meudon
49 2005 Aline Gendrin Minéralogie de Mars: L’expérience OMEGA Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
50 2005 Francesca Altieri Data analysis of the OMEGA experiment on board the ESA mission Mars Express IAS, Frascati
51 2005 Cathy Quantin Geological and climatic evolution of Valles Marineris (Mars) Lyon1
52 2006 Ralph Miliken Quantifying and modeling the water content of geological materials using VIS-NIR reflectance spectroscopy: Applications for laboratory and spacecraft data Brown University, Providence
53 2006 Guillaume Bonello Ground calibration of space experiments of visible and near infrared spectroimaging for the study of planetary surfaces: cases of VIRTIS on ROSETTA and OMEGA on MARS-EXPRESS Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
54 2007 Frédéric Schmitt Classification de la surface de Mars par imagerie hyperspectrale OMEGA . Suivi spatio-temporel et étude des dépots saisonniers de CO2 et H2O LPG, Grenoble
55 2008 Denis Jouglet The hydration of the surface of Mars seen by the spectral imager OMEGA Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
56 2008 Mathieu Vincendon Modeling radiative transfer in the Martian atmosphere for the determination of surface spectral properties and characterization of Martian aerosols from OMEGA data Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
57 2008 Damien Loizeau Spectral and geological study of the Mars phyllosilicates Analysis of the OMEGA and HRSC data of the Mars Express spacecraft Université Paris 11, Orsay
58 2008 Luca Maltagliati Investigation of the Martian atmospheric water cycle by the OMEGA mapping spectrometer onboard Mars Express MPS / Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
59 2008 Laetitia LeDeit Stratified deposits in the region of Valles Marineris (Mars): mineralogical composition and morphology LPGN, Nantes
60 2008 Aymeric Spiga Meso-scale dynamics of the Martian atmosphere: development of a meteorological model and analysis of observations OMEGA / Mars Express LMD, Paris
61 2009 Sandra Wiseman Spectral and stratigraphic mapping of hydrated sulfate and phyllosilicate- bearing deposits: Implications for the aqueous history of Sinus Meridiani, Mars Wahington University, Saint Louis
62 2009 Leah Roach Sulfates in Valles Marineris as indicators of the aqueous evolution of Mars Brown University, Providence
63 2009 Antoine Pommerol Mineral hydration at the surface of Mars: spectroscopic characterization, thermodynamics and application to remote sensing LPG, Grenoble
64 2009 Harold Clenet Hyperspectral Remote Sensing: Mineralogy and Petrology, Application to Syrtis Major Volcano (Mars) and Oman Ophiolite DTP, Toulouse
65 2010 Kim Lichtenberg Remote sensing and terramechanics study of Mars using orbital and rover data sets Wahington University, Saint Louis
66 2010 Bethany Ehlman   Brown University, Providence
67 2010 Nadia Evdokimova Study of the of interaction of the Mars atmosphere and the surface in climatic cycle from the data of OMEGA/MEX imaging spectrometer IKI, Moscow
68 2010 Marion Massé Nature and origin of sulphate deposits in the equatorial and polar regions of Mars: morphological and mineralogical comparison between Aram Chaos and the Northern polar cap LPGN, Nantes
69 2011 Jessica Flahaut Mineralogy of Valles Marineris (Mars) by hyperspectral imagery: magmatic and sedimentary history of the region ENS, Lyon
70 2011 John Carter Étude des minéraux hydratés à la surface de Mars par les imageurs hyperspectraux OMEGA/MEx et CRISM/MRO Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
71 2011 Giacomo Carrozzo Spettroscopia ad immagini del ghiaccio d’acqua da satellite e studio dello spettro di assorbimento ad 1 µm IAS, Frascati
72 2011 Jean-Batiste Madeleine Nuages et poussières de l’atmosphère martienne : télédétection, modélisation des rétroactions climatiques et application aux paléoclimats. LMD, Paris
73 2012 Thomas Appéré Current water cycle on Mars: study of Northern Hemisphere seasonal deposition by hyperspectral remote sensing (OMEGA / Mars Express) IPAG, Grenoble
74 2012 Anouck Ody Depth and interpretation of spatial data of hyperspectral imagery of Mars (OMEGA / MEx): Volcanic evolution of the surface of Mars Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
75 2012 Erwin Dehouck Characterization of alteration processes on the surface of primitive Mars by experimental approach and remote sensing LPGN, Nantes
76 2013 Patrick Thollot Study of the alteration of the Mars surface by hyperspectral imagery: mineralogy of the regions of Noctis Labyrinthus and Valles Marineris LPGN, Nantes
77 2013 Constantino Listowski Modelling the Martian CO2 ice clouds: application to mesospheric clouds Latmos, Guyancourt
78 2014 Abby Freaman Materials and Surface Processes at Gale Crater and the Moons of Mars Derived from High Spatial and Spectral Resolution Orbital Datasets Wahington University, Saint Louis
79 2014 Joachim Audouard Thermo-physical properties and hydration of the Mars surface Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
80 2017 Lucie Riu Study of the evolution of Mars and the search for habitability conditions by hyperspectral imagery: from remote sensing to in situ observations Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) Orsay
81 2016 Anni Maataanen HDR thesis title: Aérosols et nuages dans les atmosphères de Mars et de Vénus
(in English: Aerosols and clouds in the atmospheres of Mars and Venus)
University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versailles, France
82 2008 François Poulet HDR thesis: Formation et Evolution du Système Solaire : exploration des surfaces planétaires  
83 2016 Mathieu Vincendon HDR thesis: Mars et de ses évolutions climatiques  
84 2016 Aymeric Spiga HDR thesis: Une plongée dans la dynamique méso-échelle des atmosphères planétaires  
85 2012 Cathy Quantin HDR thesis: Contribution à l’étude des processus géologiques à la surface des planètes à partir des données orbitales  
86   Frédéric Schmidt HDR thesis: Echanges de volatiles entre surface et atmosphère sur Mars  
87   Aurélien Stcherbinine   since Sept 2019
88   Sergio Jiménez-Monferrer Density and temperature from rom OMEGA 4.3 um limb observations  
89 2004 A. Fedorova Remote sensing of aerosols in the planetary atmosphere and influence of aerosols on H2O bands in Mars spectrum IKI, Ru
90 2007 S. Perrier   LATMOS, Fr
91 2008 J.Y. Chaufray Study of the exosphere of Mars and the escape of water: modeling and analysis of the UV data of SPICAM LATMOS, Fr
92 2005 S. Guibert   LATMOS, Fr
93 2015 Y. Willamme   IASB-BIRA, Be
94 2016 M. Chaffin The H Corona of Mars LASP, US
95 2014 A. Trokhimovskiy   IKI, Ru
96 >2015 S. Guslyakova   IKI, Ru
97 2012 F. Montmessin HDR thesis: Observation et Modélisation des Atmosphères de type Terrestre  
98 2018 ? D. Betsis    
99 2004 D. Grassi Study and development of theoretical and software tools for the analysis of data from the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer on board of the Mars Express mission IAPS/CISAS - Univ. of Padua
100 2006 A. Maturilli Development of an acquisition chain for the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer on board the ESA Mars Express mission: from the planning of observations to the data analysis IAPS/Univ. Napoli Federico II
101 2006 C. Fiorenza Analysis of Mars atmosperic circulation using Planetary Fourier spectrometer data Univ. degli studi di L'Aquila
102 2007 P. Wolkenmerg Thermal structure of the atmosphere of Mars from selected measurements by the spectrophotometer PFS during the mission Mars-Express IAPS/Space Research Center, Polich Academy of Sciences
103 2007 M. Tschimmel Investigation of the atmospheric water cycle on Mars by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer onboard Mars Express MPS / University of Göttingen, Germany
104 2007 G. Rinaldi Properties and role of aerosols  in the Martian Atmosphere IAPS/CISAS - Univ. of Padua
105 2008 M. d'Amore Retrieval of dynamical parameters of Martian atmosphere from near infrared spectroscopic data coming from the PFS space spectrometer IAPS/Univ. Napoli "Federico II"
106 2008 M. Giuranna Composition and mechanisms of accumulation of ices over the Martian polar caps through analysis of PFS/MEX observations IAPS/CISAS - Univ. of Padua
107 2009 V. Cottini Infrared spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres: Mars and Venus from PFS-MEX and VIRTIS-VEX data IAPS/Univ. Roma Tor Vergata
108 2013 G. Sindoni Dynamics and Distributions of Minor Species in the Martian Atmosphere by PFS/MEX Data IAPS/Uni. Roma "La Sapienza"
109 2014 S. Aoki Study of trace gases in the Martian atmosphere bi Infrared Spectroscopy IAPS/University of Tohoku
110   L. Zasova   IKI, Ru
  started in 2018   PFS and NOMAD joint analysis for Mars’ atmosphere trace gases retrieval  
111 2005 K. Brinkfeldt Instrumentation for Energteic Neutral Atom Measurements at Mars, Venus, and the Earth IRF/Umeå University, Umeå
112 2007 A. Grigoriev The Neutral Particle Detector on the Mars and Venus Express Missions IRF/Umeå University, Umeå
113 2008 E. Carlsson Mars: plasma environment and surface hydrology IRF/Luleå University of Technology, Luleå
114 2008 A. Ekenbäck Numerical modeling of ENAs from stellar wind interactions IRF/Umeå University, Umeå
115 2012 C. Dieval Solar wind ions inside the induced magnetosphere of Mars IRF/Luleå University of Technology, Luleå
116 2013 Shahab Fatemi Kinetic Modeling of the Solar Wind Plasma Interaction with the Moon IRF/Luleå University of Technology, Luleå
117 2008 A. Galli   University of Bern, Switzerland
118 2012 A. Schaufelberger Investigation of the Solar Wind Interaction with the Lunar Surface University of Bern, Switzerland
119 2008 E. Roussos   MPS/Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
120 2008 C. Martinecz   MPS/Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
121 2011 Anne Angsmann   MPS/Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
122 2009 Y. Soobiah   MSSL/University College London, UK
123 2010 Glyn Collinson   MSSL/University College London, UK
124 2012 Sharon Tsang   MSSL/University College London, UK
125 2013 Shannon Curry   University of Michigan, USA
126 2012 Tess McEnulty Oxygen Loss from Venus and the Influence of Extreme Solar Wind Conditions University of California, Berkeley, USA
127 2009 Claire Ferrier Interaction du vent solaire avec les planètes non-magnétisées : Mars et Vénus CESR/UPS, Toulouse, France
128 2010 Miho Kanao   ISAS/University of Tokyo, Japan
129 2011 Riku Järvinen   FMI/University of Helsinki, Finland
130 2011 Gemma Guymer   University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
131 2004 Alessandro Mura   IFSI, Italy
132 2017 Benjamin E.S. Hall Spatiotemporal Studies of the Martian Plasma Environment University of Leicester
133 2017 Ramstad R Ion escape from Mars: measurements in the present to understand the past IRF, Kiruna
134 2018 Johnson, Blake Mars’ Energetic Plume Ion Escape Channel Uni Michigan
136 end 2019 Kai Fan Mars Crustal Field effect on ion escape MPS Goettingen
137 M thesis 2019 Isabela Martin Mars crustal field transport MPS Goettingen
138 2004 Daniela Biccari Mars Radar Sounders Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
139 2011 Josephine Boisson Martian subsurface characterization by low frequency radar survey and terrestrial analogy Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
140 2005 Annamaria Cereti Laboratory investigation on soil electromagnetic properties for planetary space missions Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
141 2006 Andrea Cicchetti Planetary radar sounder: MARSIS, Scientific Planning Requirement Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
142 2006 Alessandro Frigeri Compressional structures on Mars: an integrated geophysical/geological study Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
143   Cyril Grima   Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
144   Sebastian Hegler   Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden, Germany
145   Marco Iorio   Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
146 2008 Vassiliy Marchuk Experimental methods of subsurface radio-sounding for the earth-type planets Kotel'nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, Fryazino, Russia
147 2013 Marco Mastrogiuseppe Sounder Data Analysis for Mars Exploration Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
148 2008 Jérémie Mouginot Processing and Analysis of the MARSIS data from Mars Express Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
149 2003 Jean-François Nouvel Sondage du sous-sol martien par un radar basse-fréquence depuis un satellite en orbite basse: analyses physiques et préparation des données Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble 1, France
150 2011 Michelle Selvans Geophysical investigations of near-surface structure on the Earth and Mars California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
151   Dmytro Vasylenko   Ruhr-University of Bochum, Bochum, Germany
152   Mingyuan Wang   Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Shanghai, P. R. China
153   Xiaodong Wang   Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China
154 2010 Oliver L. White The Influence of Environmental Conditions on Volcanic Processes on the Terrestrial Planets. University College London, London, United Kingdom
155 2008 Olga Yushkova Inverse problem in planet subsurface radio-sounding Kotel'nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, Fryazino, Russia
156   Hui Zhang   Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden, Germany
157 2005 Stefan Remus    
158 2006 Jörg Selle    
159 2007 Christina Stanzel    
160 2010 Tom Andert    
161 2018 Kerstin Peter Small scale disturbances in the lower dayside ionosphere of Mars as seen by the MaRS radio science experiment on Mars Express,
University of Cologne