Charles Cockell, Chair

Charles Cockell is Chair of the Board of the Earth and Space Foundation. He founded the Earth and Space Foundation in 1994. Prof. Cockell has led or participated in many expeditions around the world with different organizations, including the British Antarctic Survey, NASA, the U.S. Antarctic Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1990, he led the first western expedition to visit post-communist Mongolia. His team covered 2,500 kilometers across the steppes and mountains of the country. In 1993, he led an expedition to Indonesia, where he piloted an insect collecting ultra-light aircraft above the rainforest canopy. More recently, he has undertaken biological work with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, a NASA Mars analog project in the Canadian High Arctic. Prof. Cockell received his first degree in Biochemistry from Bristol University and his doctorate in Molecular Biology from Oxford University. He was a National Academy of Sciences Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center in California for two years, and spent two years as a Visiting Scientist at Stanford University and the University of Arizona. He then spent four years working at the British Antarctic Survey. He is an alumnus of the International Space University’s 1991 summer session, where he co-authored a human Mars mission design project. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Explorers Club of New York. He was a 1993 Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and recipient of the 1993 Pol Roger Award. He was 2002-2004 President of the Association of Mars Explorers. He is a Professor of Geomicrobiology at the Open University. His most recent book, ‘Space on Earth’, explores the links between environmentalism and space exploration.

Donald White

Since the early 1970′s Donald White, President of Earthtrust, has been a dedicated conservationist. He received his B.S. in Geophysics from Indiana University. He founded the Hawaii-based environmental organization, Earthtrust. Under his leadership Earthtrust has gained an international reputation for working at the forefront of some of the worlds most difficult environmental issues. The organization has fielded teams all over the world and was the first organization to send a team into Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War to assess environmental impact. It is regularly called upon to represent cases to forums as diverse as the UN and CITES. Earthtrust has also gained a reputation for efficiency and effectiveness with 83% of funds going directly into conservation programs. Don White is also founder of Earthtrust’s Project Delphis, an international project gathering marine scientists and computer engineers who are working to unravel communication and cognition in dolphins with a view to understanding communication in a non-human mind and also to assist in their conservation. His contacts in the environmental community are extensive.

Dale Stokes

Dale Stokes received his B.Sc. (honors) in Biology and Geology from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. This was followed by a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Dale then went on to 2 years of post-doctoral work at Stanford University’s, Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. He is currently employed as a Project Scientist (Level II) in the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has participated in 15 research cruises, dedicated to studying both the biologic and physical environment of the oceans. Dale has experience on a diversity of surface and submersible vessels including: D. Steiger (US Navy), New Horizon (Scripps), Sproul (Scripps), FLIP (Scripps), Vector (Canadian Fisheries), Thomas Thompson (Univ. Washington), Laney Chouest (US Navy), Atlantis (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute), A-II (Woods Hole) and with the submersibles Turtle (US Navy), SeaCliff (US Navy), ATV (US Navy), ALVIN (Woods Hole) and Delta (Delta Oceanographics). He has experience in the Antarctic having worked on the under-ice communities of the McMurdo Sound and other locations and having worked in both polar regions for NASA and NSF. In his spare time he is an avid rock climber and underwater photographer. The Education Network of Ontario features Dr. Stokes’ research as part of its online curriculum. Read about Dr. Dale’s Adventures in the Arctic, the Pacific, and Antarctica.

Board of Advisors

Kevin Hand

President, Cosmos Education

Pascal Lee

SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA, USA. Principal Investigator, NASA Haughton-Mars Project

Douglas M. Messier

Space Writer and Journalist, Co-founder, Earth and Space Foundation, Co-founder, Space Jobs

Andrew Schuerger

Advanced Life Support Systems, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Michael Sims

Centre for Mars Exploration, NASA Ames Research Center.

Kimberly Warren-Rhodes

NASA Ames Research Center