Research Interests:

I am a geoscientist interested in the geochemical evolution of the Martian surface.

Education and Employment:

Since 2013: Privatdozent at Univ. Göttingen.
Since 2004: Research Scientist at MPS.
1994 – 2003: Ph.D. & post-doctoral position at Univ. of Copenhagen (next to teaching).
1992 – 1994: Research affiliate at the Oersted Laboratory, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1987 – 1992: Master studies of physics/chemistry at Universities Paris VI & Paris XI, France.
1984 – 1986: Bachelor of chemistry at University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany.

Selected Publications:

(1) W. Goetz, E. Dehouck, P. J. Gasda, J. R. Johnson, P.-Y. Meslin, N. L. Lanza, R. C. Wiens, W. Rapin, J. Frydenvang, V.0 Payré, and O. Gasnault, Detection of copper by the ChemCam instrument along Curiosity's traverse in Gale crater, Mars: Elevated abundances in Glen Torridon, Journal Geophys. Res.-Planets, 128(3), e2021JE007101 (2023).

(2) W. Goetz, M. Bruns, S. Thoma, I. Pardowitz, and T. C. Stein, Determination of Spatial Scale in Martian Landscape Images Acquired by the Curiosity Rover in Gale Crater, and Viewing Image Scale and Target Chemistry using the ASIC website, Earth and Space Science, 10(5), e2020EA001611 (2023).

(3) W. Goetz, W. B. Brinckerhoff, R. Arevalo Jr., C. Freissinet, S. Getty, D. P. Glavin, S. Siljeström, A. Buch, F. Stalport, A. Grubisic, X. Li, V. Pinnick, R. Danell, F. H.W. van Amerom, F. Goesmann, H. Steininger, N. Grand, F. Raulin, C. Szopa, U. Meierhenrich, J. R. Brucato and the MOMA Science Team, MOMA: the challenge to search for organics and biosignatures on Mars, International Journal of Astrobiology, 15(3), 239-250 (2016).

(4) W. Goetz, W.T. Pike, S.F. Hviid, M.B. Madsen, R.V. Morris, M.H. Hecht, U. Staufer, K. Leer, H. Sykulska, E. Hemmig, J. Marshall, J.M. Morookian, D. Parrat, S. Vijendran, B.J. Bos, M.R. El Maarry, H.U. Keller, R. Kramm, W.J. Markiewicz, L. Drube, D. Blaney, R.E. Arvidson, J.F. Bell III, R. Reynolds, P.H. Smith, P. Woida, R. Woida, and R. Tanner, Microscopy Analysis of Soils at the Phoenix Landing Site, Mars: Classification of Soil Particles and Description of their Optical and Magnetic Properties, Journal Geophys. Res.-Planets, 115, E00E22 (2010).

(5) W. Goetz, P. Bertelsen, C.S. Binau, H.P. Gunnlaugsson, S.F. Hviid, K.M. Kinch, D.E. Madsen, M.B. Madsen, M. Olsen, R. Gellert, G. Klingelhöfer, D.W. Ming, R.V. Morris, R. Rieder, D.S. Rodionov, P.A. de Souza, Jr., C. Schröder, S.W. Squyres, T. Wdowiak, and A. Yen, Indication of dryer periods on Mars from the chemistry and mineralogy of atmospheric dust, Nature, 436, 62-65 (2005).

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