Adcock_BioPic2Christopher Adcock

Assistant Research Professor


Office: SEB 4127
Phone: (702)-895 1429





Ph.D., Geoscience University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2014
M.S., Geology Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2004
B. Sci., Earth and Planetary Sciences with Distributed Sciences minor. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1995            

Research Interests:

I am a planetary geochemist/geomorphologist with a background in astrobiology and remote sensing.  I am interested in integrating remote sensing, geomorphic, and geochemical data to study surface and near surface processes on planets and moons. I also specialize in phosphate biogeochemistry and currently investigate phosphate mobility and transport on Mars and the astrobiological implications.  I support, have a strong interest in, and background in STEM/STEAM EP&O and mentoring as well.  When I am not doing research, I am a maker.

Recent Publications:

Adcock, C.T., and Hausrath E.M. (2015) Weathering Profiles in Phosphorus-Rich Rocks at Gusev Crater, Mars, Suggest Dissolution of Phosphate Minerals into Potentially Habitable Near-Neutral Waters. Astrobiology,15, 1060-1075. **Highlighted Article

Baumeister, J., Hausrath, E. M., Albright Olsen, A., Tschauner, O., Adcock, C. T., Metcalf, R., (2015) “Biogeochemical weathering of serpentinites: An examination of incipient dissolution affecting serpentine soil formation” App. Geochem. 54, 74-84

 Adcock, C.T., Hausrath, E.M., Forster, P.M., Tschauner, O., and Sefein, K.J. (2014). “Synthesis and characterization of the Mars-relevant phosphate minerals Fe- and Mg-whitlockite and merrillite and a possible mechanism that maintains charge balance during whitlockite to merrillite transformation.” Am. Min. 99, 1221-1232.

 Adcock, C., Hausrath, E., Forster, P., 2013. “Readily available phosphate from minerals in early aqueous environments on Mars.” Nature Geoscience 6, 824-827.  **Highlighted Article in News and Views and covered in the media including, National Geographic, NBC News, ABC Radio, and New Scientist.

Shearer C.K., Leshin, L.A. and Adcock C.T. (1999). “Olivine in Martian meteorite ALH 84001. Evidence for a high-temperature origin and implications for signs of life.” Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 34, 331-340.