Resume: William H. Farrand, PhD



PhD, 1991; Geosciences; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

MS, 1987; Geosciences; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

BA, 1984; Geology; Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA



1999-Present; Senior Research Scientist, Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO

1998-Present; President, Farr View Consulting, Westminster, CO

1996-98; Senior Scientist; Applied Signal and Image Technology; Boulder, CO

1995-96; Senior Research Scientist; Analytical Imaging & Geophys.; Boulder, CO

1992-95; Research Scientist; Science Applications Intl. Corp.; McLean, VA

1985-1991; Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


Relevant Research Experience:

  • Principal Investigator on CASIS Remote Sensing from the International Space Station investigation “Hyperspectral Mapping of Iron-bearing Minerals Associated with Dry and Ephemeral Lakes”.
  • Principal Investigator on NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program investigation “Field and Laboratory Studies of Hydrovolcanic Tephras and Impact Ejecta: Applications to Mars Rover Investigations; NNX12AH92G.
  • Participating Scientist on NASA Mars Exploration Rover Athena science team; JPL subcontract,

2002 – present.


Education and Public Outreach Accomplishments:

  • Invited co-instructor of workshops at St. Louis, MO and Springfield, VA for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on “Hyperspectral Image Processing and Feature Extraction: Maximizing Geospatial Information Retrieval”, Summer 2013.
  • Invited instructor of two day workshop on “Application of hyperspectral remote sensing for

mineral detection”, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Dec. 15-16, 2010.

  • Mentor in Athena Student Intern Program, 2003 – 2004.


Selected Peer Reviewed Papers:

Farrand, W.H., J.R. Johnson, M.S. Rice, A. Wang, J.F. Bell III (2016) VNIR multispectral observations of aqueous alteration materials by the Pancams on the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rovers, American Mineralogist, 101, 2005-2019, doi:0.2138/am-2016-5627.

Farrand, W.H., S.P. Wright, A.D. Rogers, and T.D. Glotch (2016) Basaltic glass formed from hydrovolcanism and impact processes: Characterization and clues for detection of mode of origin from VNIR through MWIR reflectance and emission spectroscopy, Icarus275, 16-28.

Farrand, W.H., T.D. Glotch, and B. Horgan (2014) Detection of copiapite in the northern Mawrth Vallis region of Mars: Evidence of acid sulfate alteration, Icarus, (in press), doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.07.003.