THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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Mary Bourke

TCD

Dr Bourke is an Earth and Planetary Geomorphologist with expertise in extreme environments on Earth and Mars. She has published on landscapes in Antarctica, Australia, Namibia, Mars and Ireland. She received her BA and MA in Geography from University College Dublin and Ph.D. from the Australian National University. She moved to the Smithsonian Institution for a Post-Doctoral position. She then took up an academic post in the School of Geography, University of Oxford followed by a Senior Research Scientist position at the Planetary Science Institute, Arizona where she worked for nine years on NASA-funded research projects. Professor Bourke joined Trinity College in 2012. 

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