ICE 2002
Dr. Peter Wasilewski (

ICE2002 Organizer, Teacher as Scientist Director, and Director of the Geoscience Exploration

Peter Wasilewski is an Astrophysicist in the Astrochemistry Branch of the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Peter holds science degrees from George Washington University and the University of Tokyo. His research areas are rock magnetism, planetary magnetism, and meteorite magnetism. Prior to working at NASA he held positions at the U. S. Geological Survey, and George Washington University. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences, and is recognized for his work on a variety of satellite geomagnetic research projects including MAGSAT. Mars Global Surveyor, and NEAR. Peter is also an avid photographer and has invented a unique way to photograph ice crystals. ( see ) In October of 1998 Peter was part of the first expedition to the Itturalde Crater and he organized and obtained funding for the Itturalde Crater Expedition (ICE2002- ). The design of this expedition is integral with the Teacher as Scientist program he developed with the Goddard education office. ( see also )
Dr. Compton James Tucker III (

CO-Team Leader and Remote Sensing Scientist

Jim Tucker is a Senior Earth Scientist and Goddard Senior Fellow in the Biospheric Sciences Branch of the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Maryland's Department of Geography. Jim holds degrees in Biology and Forestry from Colorado State University. Jim's work with the Global Inventory Modeling & Mapping Studies (GIMMS) group ( has included remote sensing research projects that study and measure tropical and temperate deforestation, climate change, wildfires, desert locust swarming, outbreaks of tropical diseases, and archaeological features. From1996-1998 Jim flew with Tim Killeen over most of Amazonian Bolivia field checking satellite data to study tropical deforestation. It was during this time that they first became interested in the Itturalde crater. This will be Jim's second expedition to study the crater. Jim has earned many awards and honors during his 25 year career at NASA, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award and the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Sciences.
Dr. Timothy J. Killeen (

FIELD OPERATIONS Team Leader, Ecologist, and Botanist

Tim Killeen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) at Conservation International. He holds degrees in Biology, Genetics and Botany from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He began his research in Bolivia as a graduate student at Iowa State University, and was later employed as an Assistant Curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He has lived in Bolivia and worked at the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum in Santa Cruz for most of the last eighteen years studying and researching conservation biology, botany, biodiversity patterns, paleocology, habitat mapping and modeling, information management, community based ecotourism (see, and land-use change in Bolivia's tropical forests and savannah ecosystems and has published numerous papers on his findings. In 1998 Tim was one of six researchers to receive the Biodiversity Leadership Award ( Tim was also a member of the first expedition to the Itturalde Crater ( and on this expedition hopes to continue his studies of the forest and savannah ecotones, and to work with the indigenous Araona people. Tim is passing on his professional passions to the next generation; his son Peter and daughter Erin will accompany him on the expedition.
Dr. Gunther Kletetschka (


Gin Kletetschka is a geophysicist with a geology background who works with Howard University and the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He holds degrees in Math and Physics from Charles' University at Prague in the Czech Republic, and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota. At NASA his research includes the study of meteorite magnetism, magnetism of the planet Mars, and magnetism of impact craters. His publications can be seen at His role in the Iturralde expedition is to obtain reliable magnetic data across the crater and to create a geological characterization of the site.
Peter Hardy (

Education Specialist

Peter Hardy is an environmental education specialist from Australia. He has degrees in science and education specializing in Environmental Science and Psychology. He taught for fifteen years in Australia and England and lectured at colleges in Queensland and Victoria, Australia, and in the Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic. He most recently spent three years teaching in the Canadian Arctic where his duties included establishing a community based environmental monitoring program with circumpolar and global links. In 2000 as part of Canada’s Millennium Celebration Peter was part of a five-person team that traversed Canada’s Northwest Passage in mid-winter by snow machine and dog-team ( While teaching in Melbourne his school received the Australian Education Foundation’s Science School of the Year, the Ford Foundation’s "One Planet" award, and the City West Water Environmental Science School of the Year award. His role on the Itturalde Expedition is to act as an education liaison with the U.S.-based teacher-scientist team.
Holly Offerman (

Aerospace Scientist

Holly Offerman is an Aerospace Scientist for the Space Shuttle program at NASA's Flight Dynamics Facility ( holds degrees in Biology from the University of Richmond and in Physical Geography from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at NASA, Holly held positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research experience is in tropical landscape ecology and remote sensing. A published author and recipient of NASA's Graduate Student Research Program fellowship, Holly is also an avid traveler and student of tropical forest issues. Last year both she and her sister Katie lost their boots in a sucking mud pit in the Peruvian Amazon. Undeterred, this year Holly will provide field and technical assistance to the 2002 ICE campaign.
David W. Beverley, Sr. (

IT Systems Engineer and Communications Specialist

David Beverly is the Information Technology Support Specialist Administrator for the EOS Special Projects Initiatives Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He holds degrees in IT Administration and Systems Engineering from SOHK University. Prior to working at NASA he worked for the U.S. Army Chemical Demilitarization (CHEMDEMIL) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. His current research includes developing a text-based search engine for web-based video streaming technologies. In 2000 he was named a recipient of the Goddard Space Flight Center "Best of the Best" award for his work with the 1999 North Pole Expedition
( The expedition resulted in several historic technology firsts, including first webcast from the North Pole and first pole-to-pole phone call. He is going on the expedition to support the daily data uploads and to produce the webcast events.
Allen Lunsford (

MagPlane Engineer and Pilot

Allen Lunsford is a computer engineer at Global Science and Technology, Inc. who works within the Applied Information Sciences Branch of the Space Data and Computing Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He has worked for NASA since 1992, during which time he has traveled to Mongolia, Thailand, Guam, Fiji, Australia, Peru, Venezuela, and Russia installing new antennae, image processing systems, and other data communications equipment.
This is his first trip to Bolivia, where he will assist with the ground expedition, pilot the MagPlane, and oversee its remote operations and data gathering procedures.