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Michael E. Evans
Michael E. Evans
O&M 514

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 514 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


BS, Petroleum Engineering, University oF Tulsa (Tau Beta Pi)

MS, Physical Sciences Specialization in space science, University of houston-Clear Lake

JD, University of houston law center

Professional, Space policy, international space University space studies program


Teaching assistant, CHEM251, Chemistry for engineers lab (fall 2011, spring 2012)

Teaching assistant, OCNG252, Oceanography lab (fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2013)

Graduate assistant lecturer, OCNG251, Introduction to Oceanography (fall 2014, fall 2015, fall 2016)


Michael E. Evans

Graduate Student

Research Interests

PhD Thesis Topic (joint with NASA/JSC): 

  • Study stable isotopes (d13C, d17O, d18O) of meteorites to understand the evolution of the carbon cycle on Mars.
  • Analyze the secondary carbonate deposition on ordinary chondrites collected in Antarctica to understand the alteration of meteorites from Earth water and ice,
  • Analyze the insitu carbonates from Mars "Nahklite" meteorites formed approximately 1.3 billion years ago (1.3 Ga) and ejected from Mars approximately 11 million years ago (collected in Antarctica) applying knowledge from Step #1.
  • Constrain possible scenarios for changes in the carbon dioxide (CO2) reservoirs of the Martian atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere from 1.3 Ga to present.

Other Projects:

  • Slocum Glider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Pilot for Texas A&M University - Galveston (TAMUG):  Field test at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary aboard the R/V Manta (July 2012).
  • Analysis of pyrolyzed kerogens with quantitative assessment of discrete compound stable isotope (d13C, d18O) values using both IRMS/GCMS instrumentation.  Novel technique has applications in petroleum fingerprinting and Mars planetary research (Aug.  2012)
  • Field characterization of species diversity and abundance at the Alderdice and Rezak coral reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico using an ROV aboard the R/V Manta (April 2013).
  • Stable isotope analysis (d13C, d18O) of a Conus Gladiator brachiopod shell collected from the Panama Beach area to assess upwelling and freshening effects in the Gulf of Panama during the 1947-1955 timeframe (Dec. 2013)

Selected Publications

Poster presentations:

TAMU Student research week (Nov. 2012) “Hydrogen isotope composition of kerogen compounds: application to mars missions”

AGU (Dec. 2014) “Hydrogen (H) Isotope Composition of Type II Kerogen Extracted by Pyrolysis-GC-MS-IRMS: Terrestrial Shale deposits as Martian Analogs”

Additional Information

AdvisorDr. Piers Chapman

Professional experience:

  • Planetary scientist: NASA/Johnson space center
  • Aerospace engineer: NASA/Johnson space center
  • Petroleum engineer: Exxon usa
  • Attorney: licensed in Texas and California
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