Advisory Board

Professor James F. Kasting

James F. Kasting, Ph.D., FAAAS is Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University and author of How to Find a Habitable Planet. He is on the Editorial Boards of Astrobiology and Geobiology. He is a member of the NASA Advisory Council Astrophysics Subcommittee. His research interests are atmospheric evolution, planetary atmospheres, and paleoclimates.
 
Jim coauthored The Earth System. The first book of its kind that addresses the issues of global change from a perspective of Earth as a system, The Earth System offers a solid emphasis on lessons from Earth history that may guide decision making in the future.
 
Jim was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995, Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in 2002, Fellow of American Geophysical Union in 2004, Fellow of Geochemical Society in 2008, and Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. He won the Oparin Medal from the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in 2008.
 
His papers include Ups and downs of ancient oxygen, Hydrodynamic planetary thermosphere model: 1. Response of the Earth’s thermosphere to extreme solar EUV conditions and the significance of adiabatic cooling, Habitable planets around the star Gliese 581?, Abiotic formation of O2 and O3 in high-CO2 terrestrial atmospheres, Evidence for hot early oceans?, Paleoclimates, ocean depth, and the oxygen isotopic composition of seawater, Atmospheric Composition and Climate on the Early Earth, and Palaeoclimates: the First Two Billion Years.
 
Jim earned his B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Chemistry and Physics at Harvard University in 1975. He earned his M.S. in Physics and Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan in 1979.