University of Aberdeen
Current Position Professor in Planetary Sciences
Previous Position Professor in Atmospheric Sciences, LTU
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems
Methods I Use Environmental Chambers, Instrument Design, Modelling, Simulation Facility


Key Research Interests

  • Habitability
  • Life and atmospheres
  • Planetary exploration
  • Water cycle on Mars
  • Comparative planetology

Recent Key Papers

  • Miracle Israel Nazarious, María-Paz Zorzano, Javier Martín-Torres, 2020, Metabolt: An In-Situ Instrument to Characterize the Metabolic Activity of Microbial Soil Ecosystems Using Electrochemical and Gaseous Signatures, DOI: 10.3390/s20164479
  • Martín-Torres, J., María Paz Zorzano, Álvaro Soria-Salinas, Miracle Israel Nazarious, Samuel Konatham, Thasshwin Mathanlal, Abhilash Vakkada Ramachandran, Juan Antonio Ramirez-Luque, Roberto Mantas-Nakhai, 2020, The HABIT (HabitAbility: Brine Irradiation and Temperature) environmental instrument for the ExoMars 2020 Surface Platform, Planetary and Space Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2020.104968.
  • Charles S Cockell, Tim Bush, Casey Bryce, Susana Direito, Mark Fox-Powell, Jesse Patrick Harrison, Helmut Lammer, Hanna Landenmark, Javier Martin-Torres, Natasha Nicholson, Lena Noack, Jack T. O’Malley-James, Samuel Payler, Andrew Rushby, Toby Samuels, Petra Schwendner, Jennifer Wadsworth, María-Paz Zorzano, Habitability: A Review, Astrobiology, Volume 16, Number 1,

Summary Title of Current Studentships

I am new to the University so I do not currently have any students but I would be interested in collaborating on these project topics:

  • Microbiome impact on the atmosphere: carbon cycle, nitrogen fixation and volatiles like O2, CO2, H2O and CH4.
  • Biodiversity in terrestrial Martian analogues
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Jyothi Basapathi: Study the role of microbial networks on carbon cycling under controlled pressure and temperature conditions