Mr. Barker holds Masters Degrees in physics, psychology, mathematics, space architecture, and is currently a PhD ABD in geology with an emphasis in lunar petrology and Mars stratigraphy. He has worked at Johnson Space Center for 22 years as a biomedical engineer, International Space Station flight controller, systems engineer (GN&C, propulsion, robotics and biomedical healthcare) and a science and technology editor/coordinator. He is a Certified Flight Instructor and has traveled extensively, is multilingual and an avid mountaineer. Mr. Barker initiated Mars Advanced Exploration and Development, Inc. to pursue ongoing Mars research interests including mission design, landing site selection, water acquisition and resource utilization.
Select list of recent publications:
- Barker, D. C. Resource Considerations for Enabling Sustainable Trans-Earth Habitation. Abstract and presentation at the SRR XVII /PTMSS. Golden CO, abs. no. 17, June 2016.
- Barker, D. C. and Snow, J. E., Apollo 15 Green Glass Phenocryst Growth and Compositional Inhomogeneity. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston TX, abs. no. 2333, March 2016.
- Barker, D. C. et al., Site Selection for the First Sustainable Mars Base. Abstract and presentation at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX, abs. no. 1002, October 2015.
- Barker, D. C., 2015, The Mars imperative: Species Survival and Inspiring a Globalized Culture. Acta Astronautica, 107, 50-69.