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Adam Stevens

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  • Research Student
  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Science
  • Department of Physical Sciences
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Professional biography

I am a research student in the Planetary and Space Sciences discipline of the Department of Physical Sciences at the Open University.

My research regards the recent detections of methane on Mars and the different ways that this methane could have been produced, focussing on the possibility of methane hydrate clathrates acting as a buffer from older and deeper deposits.

I am also part of the team developing the UVIS instrument, part of the NOMAD package for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. This involves various testing schemes and the construction of pre-flight prototypes. 

Coming to my PhD from a career in teaching, I retain my interest in education and pedagogy and hope to apply my skills and experience within the planetary science and higher education sector. I currently undertake some outreach for the OU but am also a nationally registered STEM Ambassador.

Research interests

Mars surface, atmospheric, subsurface etc...

Astrobiology

Methane Clathrates

Planetary Science

Space Technology

Publications

Numerical modelling of the transport of trace gases including methane in the subsurface of Mars (2015-04)
Stevens, Adam H.; Patel, Manish R. and Lewis, Stephen R.
Icarus, 250 (pp. 587-594)
Synchronous in-field application of life-detection techniques in Icelandic Mars analogue sites (2015-02)
Amador, Elena S.; Cable, Morgan L.; Chaudry, Nosheen; Cullen, Thomas; Gentry, Diana; Murusekan, Gayathri; Schwieterman, Edward W.; Stevens, Adam H.; Stockton, Amanda M.; Yin, Chang; Cullen, David C. and Geppert, Wolf
Planetary And Space Science, 106 (pp. 1-10)
The effects of subsurface transport on the isotopic signatures of methane release on Mars (2014-09)
Stevens, Adam; Patel, Manish; Lewis, Stephen; Leese, Mark and Ringrose, Tim
In : EPSC 2014 (7-12 September 2014, Lisbon, Portugal)
Trace gas transport in the subsurface of Mars (2013-09)
Stevens, A. H.; Patel, M. R.; Lewis, S. R.; Ringrose, T. J. and Leese, M. R.
In : EPSC 2013 (08 – 13 September 2013, UCL, London)
Atmospheric signatures of subsurface martian life (2013-04)
Stevens, Adam; Patel, Manish; Lewis, Stephen; Ringrose, Tim and Leese, Mark
In : 5th UK Astrobiology Society of Britain Conference (17-19 April 2013, UK Centre for Astrobiology, Edinburgh)
Trace gas transport in the martian subsurface (2013-01-18)
Stevens, A. H.; Patel, M. R.; Ringrose, T. J.; Lewis, S. R. and Leese, M. R.
In : UK Planetary Forum Early Career Scientists Meeting (18 Jan 2013, Natural History Museum, UK)
The Martian methane cycle (2012-07)
Stevens, A. H. ; Patel, M. R.; Ringrose, T. J.; Lewis, S. R. and Leese, M. R.
In : Nordic-Hawai'i Astrobiology Summer School: "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe" (2-15 July 2012, Reykjavik, Iceland)
OU environmental simulation facilities (2012-01-20)
Stevens, Adam and Patel, Manish
In : 9th UK Planetary Forum Early Career Scientists Meeting (20 Jan 2012, Milton Keynes)