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Tanya Harrison SNF Dialoguer Profile

Tanya Harrison

Co-Founder and Director, Earth and Planetary Institute of Canada

Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Co-Founder and Director of the Earth and Planetary Institute of Canada (EPIC). Her expertise is in the geology of Mars, and analogues for Mars here on Earth. Before EPIC, Tanya worked in science and mission operations on multiple NASA Mars missions, was the Director of Research for Arizona State University's NewSpace Initiative, and the Director of Strategic Science Initiatives at Planet Labs. She holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington.

People tend to assume that the struggles that we're going to run into with sending humans to Mars are technological. Can we feed them? Can we keep them warm? Can we keep them healthy? But I don't think we fully understand what the mental impact will be.