Martin Voelker

Research Fellow


Main Research Fields

My scientific objective is to study the geography of (peri)-glacial, fluvial, and lacustrine landforms on Mars. By analyzing their distribution it is possible to reveal relations and information, which are only visible from a wider perspective. During my PhD thesis I studied Hellas Planitia, the deepest and one of the largest impact basins on Mars, and the role of water in its history and present age. For that, I applied the so-called grid-mapping approach, in order to quantify the distribution of landforms within this basin.
I believe that understanding Earth is strongly related to the exploration of other planets: By studying other worlds we are able to test all of our geoscientific knowledge gained here on Earth. This is also the reason why I like to advocate space sciences in public, as I would like to demonstrate that it is not as notional and fictional as often thought.


  1. Voelker, M., Ruiz, J., Parro, L., Hauber, E., Cardesín-Moinelo, A., Martin, P. (in Review). From Hot to Cold? - Hydrothermal Activities as a Source for Icy-Debris Flows on Dryas Mons, Terra Sirenum, Mars, Icarus.
  2. Voelker, M., Hauber, E., Cardesín-Moinelo, A., Martin, P. (2020). Quantifying the latitudinal distribution of climate-related landforms on Mars’ southern hemisphere, Icarus 346, 113806, .
  3. Voelker, M. and Ramsdale, J., (2019). Grid-Mapping: Quantifying the Distribution of Landforms, in: Planetary Cartography and GIS, Editor: H. Hargitai, Springer.
  4. Voelker, M. (2018). Glacial and Fluvial Evolution of Landforms in Hellas Planitia, Mars. PhD thesis, Freie Universität Berlin - Geowissenschaften, p. 124, Berlin.
  5. Voelker, M., Hauber, E., Stephan, K., Jaumann, R. (2018). Volcanic flows versus water- and ice-related outburst deposits in eastern Hellas: A comparison. Icarus 307, p. 1–16, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2017.07.012.
  6. Voelker, M., Hauber, E., Schulzeck, F., Jaumann, R. (2017). Grid-mapping Hellas Planitia, Mars – Insights into distribution, evolution and geomorphology of (peri)-glacial, fluvial and lacustrine landforms in Mars’ deepest basin. Planet. Space Sci. 145, p. 49–70. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2017.07.012. 

Project/mission at ESA

Mars Express