David is a former NASA scientist and field geologist based at the Queensland University of Technology. In his previous role as a Section Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, he was responsible for the development of lithochemical instruments designed to operate on Mars, the Moon, and other bodies in our solar system.

His main research interests are the reconstruction of environments which supported early life on Earth and the search for similar paleoenvironments elsewhere in the solar system.


  • 2016–present
    Planetary Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 2014–2015
    Postdoctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology


    Macquarie University, B.Sc
    University of New South Wales, Ph.D.
    University of New South Wales, M.Phil.
  • Pasadena, California, USA
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  • david.flannery@qut.edu.au
  • flannery@jpl.nasa.gov
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