Dr. Sian Proctor
Geoscientist and Science Communications Officer
Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication expert with a passion for space exploration. In 2009, she was a finalist for the NASA Astronaut Program. As an analog astronaut, she has completed three analog missions: a 4-month Mars simulation at HI-SEAS, a 2-week Mars simulation at MDRS, and a 2-week Lunar simulation in the LunAres Research Station. She believes that when we solve for space we also solve issues on Earth.
Sian believes that sustainable food practices employed in space exploration can likewise reduce food waste on Earth. She has a TEDx talk called “Eat Like a Martian” and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. Sian thrives when engaged in educational outreach, including her continuing role as Solar System Ambassador, a voluntary program administered by NASA, and serving on the National Science Teaching Association’s Aerospace Advisory Board. In 2019, she was the science communication outreach officer on the JOIDES Resolution expedition 383 and spent 2-months at sea investigating the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. She was a 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea, a 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador (ACEAP), and a 2014 PolarTREC Teacher investigating climate change in Barrow, Alaska. Dr. Proctor is a geology, sustainability, and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. She has appeared in multiple international science shows and is currently a science demonstration expert on the Science Channel show Strange Evidence.