Dr. Timothy McConnochie studies the atmosphere of Mars, primarily through remote sensing from both orbital and surface platforms. He graduated from Williams College in 1998 with majors in Economics and Astrophysics. He then worked as a research assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory before attending graduate school at Cornell University. He received a PhD in Astronomy from Cornell University in 2007. Dr. McConnochie was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and then continued to work at GSFC as a University of Maryland research associate and assistant research scientist. He now resides near Rochester, NY.