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Spaceward Bound Expedition: Australia 2011

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Shannon Rupert
Ecologist, Scientist / Educator
Dine College

Shannon Rupert is an ecologist with a decade of experience in Mars Analog studies. She founded and coordinates the Mars Society’s Remote Science Team and has been on crews as both biologist and commander at MDRS, FMARS and MARS-OZ. She was Science Lead for the NASA Mobile Agents Project and currently is a scientist/educator with NASA’s Spaceward Bound Program. Shannon teaches biology at Dine’ College on the Navajo Nation and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at the University of New Mexico, where she is studying the ecology of acequias (community irrigation systems) in Northern New Mexico. She holds a M.S. in Biological Sciences (Plant Ecology) from California State University, San Marcos; a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego; and an A.S. in Biology from San Diego Miramar College. This will be her second Spaceward Bound Australia expedition.

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Last Updated: July 2011