Our People

 
 
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Drew Barringer — CEO

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Jennie Wadsworth — president

Jennie Wadsworth is a life-long teacher and educators trainer. She brings her passion for teaching and learning to the field of impact crater science and hopes to the spread the fascination with Earth and Space science to the younger generation.

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Lewin Barringer III — Vice President of Communications

Lewin Barringer III is a “Jack of all trades”. Musician, producer, educator, YouTuber, and a small business owner. Lewin oversees the company’s online presence and daily communications.

 
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Jenny Barringer Burke — Vice President & Secretary:

Jenny has been a Board member since 2007 and currently serves as Vice President and Secretary.  


Our Scientific Advisors

 
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Dr. David Kring

Dr. David A. Kring received his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University. He specializes in impact cratering processes produced when asteroids and comets collide with planetary surfaces. Dr. Kring is perhaps best known for his work with the discovery of the Chicxulub impact crater, which he linked to the K-T boundary mass extinction of dinosaurs and over half of the plants and animals that existed on Earth 65 million years ago. He also studied the environmental effects of impact cratering and as shown how impact processes can affect both the geological and biological evolution of a planet. This work includes studies of the dramatic environmental perturbations (e.g., prolonged darkness, acid rain, wildfires) expected after the Chicxulub impact event, plus studies of several smaller local, regional, and global effects produced by the thousands of impact events that affected Earth after life evolved. He produced the first assessment of the paleo-environmental conditions at the time of the Barringer Meteorite impact event and the calamity that followed the explosive collision. Pushing back the cloak of time farther, he has explored how early Solar System bombardment may have affected the origin and early evolution of life on Earth. In particular, he suggested that early impact bombardment created vast subsurface hydrothermal systems that were crucibles for pre-biotic chemistry and provided habitats for the early evolution of life. He calls this concept the impact-origin of life hypothesis.

Dr. Kring is also well-known for his work with the development of lunar mission concepts. He is particularly interested in the interfaces between science, exploration, and operations, to ensure a return to the Moon maximizes productivity while enhancing safety and efficiencies during robotic and crew operations. In that context, he has trained astronauts how to work with planetary surfaces (e.g., the Moon, Mars, and asteroids) at Barringer Meteorite Crater. He has also been deeply involved in lunar and near-Earth asteroid mission simulations to test the hardware and concepts of operation needed for human spaceflight missions beyond low-Earth orbit. 

Dr. Kring has been actively engaged in communicating scientific issues to the public through a variety of print, radio, and television forums, including popular science books, magazine articles, and science documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, History Channel, PBS, Channel 4 (U.K), and NHK (Japan).

 
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Dr. Christian Koeberl

Christian Koeberl is the director general of the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, and full professor of geosciences (planetary geology) at the University of Vienna, where he is the deputy head of the Department of Lithospheric Research. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he also heads the Committee on Geosciences. Koeberl studied chemistry, physics, and astronomy at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna, and obtained his PhD in 1983 at the University of Graz. His main research interests are meteorite impact craters, meteorites, and geo- and cosmochemistry, as well as the early Earth and planetary geology.

His publication record includes over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers; asteroid 15963 is named in his honor “Koeberl.”


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Former Scientific Advisor

Gene Shoemaker

Gene Shoemaker, one of the founders of the field of planetary science, is best known for co-discovering the comet, Shoemaker-Levy with his wife Carolyn S. Shoemaker and David H. Levy. Shoemaker also was the first scientist in the field of terrestrial craters to prove their impact crater origin. With his tests of nuclear explosions, he proved definitively to the scientific community that Barringer Meteorite Crater was formed by a meteor impact.