Francesca Cary

University of Hawaii

Francesca Cary is a student collaborator on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, working with the Mastcam-Z team to investigate the possible ties between the geological and biological evolution of Jezero crater. Francesca is Australian with a background in geology and genetics, and is passionate about combining her knowledge of rocks and life to study the relationship between the two and the origin of life on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, and how this relates to environments which could harbour life on Mars. She is undertaking a Master of Earth and Planetary Science as a Fulbright Scholar, and aspires that as a result of her involvements in the mission her future research will have a lens that will help determine not only where to look for life elsewhere, but also an understanding of how the search can be conducted.