Nancy W. Hinman



(406) 243-5277


Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego - Ph.D. Oceanography (Marine Chemistry) 1987

Reed College, BA Chemistry 1981

Courses Taught

Oceanography (GEO 105)

Hydrochemisry (GEO 320)

Geochemistry (GEO 327)

Aqueous Geochemistry (GEO 570)

Chemistry of Hot Springs (GEO 579)

Field of Study


Aqueous Geochemistry

Water-rock interaction


Selected Publications

Hinman, N.W. Water-Rock Interactions and Life: Keynote Address (2013) 14th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, Avignon, France, 2013. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, 354-359.

Hinman, N.W. and Kotler, J.M., (2013) Aluminum in silica phases formed in hot springs. (2013) 14th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, Avignon, France, 2013. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, 365-368.

Kemayou Tchamako, E., Tsinkou Fotsing, R.V., Tchouankoue, J.P., Ndam Ngoupayou, J.R., Ngounou Ngatcha, B., Hinman, N.W. (2013) Influences of Lithology on Water Quality: A Study of the Ngam and Mou Watersheds in West Cameroon (Central Africa). 14th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, Avignon, France, 2013. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, 405-408.

Richardson, C.D., Hinman, N.W., McHenry, L.J., Kotler, J.M., Knipe, D.L., and Scott, J.R., (2012) Secondary Sulfate Mineralization and Basaltic Chemistry of Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho:  Potential Martian Analog. Planetary & Space Sci. 2012, 65, 93–103

Hinman, N.W. and Esser, J.D. (2010) Chemical Factors Driving Streambed “Armor” in Iron Spring Creek, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. 13th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction, Guanajuato, Mexico, August, 2010.

Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Richardson, C.D., Scott, J.R. (2010) Thermal decomposition behavior of potassium and sodium jarosite synthesized in the presence of methylamine and alanine. Journal of Thermal and Analytical Calorimetry, 102, 23–29. DOI 10.1007/s10973-0338-3.

Richardson, C.D., Hinman, N.W., Scott, J.R. (2009) Effect of thenardite on the direct detection of aromatic amino acids: implications for the search for life in the solar system. International Journal of Astrobiology, 8(4), 291-300, DOI 10.1017/s1473550409990231.

Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Richardson, C.D., Conly, A. G., Scott, J.R. (2009) Laboratory simulations of prebiotic molecule stability in the jarosite mineral group; end member evaluation of detection and decomposition behavior related to Mars sample return. Planetary and Space Science, 57, 1381-1388.

Hinman, N.W., Kotler, J.M., Yan, B., Tenesch, A., Morris, R.V., Tveter, A., Stoner, D.L., Scott, J.R. (2009) Controls on chemistry and diagenesis of naturally occurring iron-oxide phases. Applied Geochemistry, 24, (7), 1185-1197.

Richardson, C.D., Hinman, N.W., McJunkin, T.R. and Scott, J.R. (2008) Exploring biosignatures associated with thenardite by geomatric-assisted laser desorption/ionization Fourier transform mass spectrometry (GALDI-FTMS). Geomicrobiology J. 25, (7, 8), 432-440.

Scott, J.R., Kotler, J. M., Hinman, N.W., Yan, B., Stoner, D.L., and Richardson, C.D. (2008) Searching for biosignatures as signs of life using GALDI-FTMS. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science, 43, 26–27.

Vitale, M., Gardner, P., and Hinman, N.W. (2008) Surface water - groundwater interaction and chemistry in a mineral-armored hydrothermal outflow channel, Yellowstone National Park, USA, Hydrogeology J. 16, (7), 1381-1393.

Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., Scott, J.R., Yan, B. and Stoner, D.L. (2008) Glycine identification in natural jarosites using laser-desorption Fourier transform mass spectrometry: implications for the search for life on Mars. Astrobiology, 8, (2), 253-266.

Tenesch, A., Hinman, N.W., Stanley, G. D., Jr. & Hou, X. G. (2007) Geochemical and mineralogical insight into the environmental conditions for preservation of the Chengjiang biota  in 12th International Conference on Water-Rock Interaction (eds. Bullen, T. D. & Wang, Y.) (A.A. Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam).

Yan, B., D. L. Stoner, Kotler, J.M., Hinman, N.W., and Scott, J.R. (2007) Detection of biosignatures by geomatrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (GALDI) mass spectrometry,” Geomicrobiol. J. 24(3-4), 379-385.

Hinman, N.W. and Walter, M.R. (2005) Textural preservation in siliceous hot spring deposits during early diagenesis; examples from Yellowstone National Park and Nevada, U.S.A. J. Sed. Res. 75, 200-215.

Wilson, C.L., Hinman, N.W., and Sheridan, R. L. (2000) Hydrogen peroxide formation and decay in iron-rich geothermal waters: their relative roles of abiotic and biotic mechanisms. Photochem. Photobiol. 71, 691-699.

Wilson, C.L., Hinman, N.W., Cooper, W. and Brown, C.F. (2000) Photochemical formation of hydrogen peroxide in geothermal waters of Yellowstone National Park. Env. Sci. Technol., 34, 2655-2662.

Morris, R.V., Golden, D.C., Bell, J.F (III), Shelfer, T.D., Scheinost, A., Hinman, N.W., Furniss, G., Mertzman, S., Bishop, J.L., Ming, D.W., Allen C.C., and Britt, D.T. (2000) Mineralogy, composition, and genesis of Mars Pathfinder rocks and soils: evidence from multispectral, elemental, and magnetic data on terrestrial analogue, SNC meteorite, and Pathfinder samples. J. Geophys. Res. 105, 1757-1818.


American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Chemical Society

American Geophysical Union  

Geochemical Society

International Association of Geochemists and Cosmochemists, Council Member

Honors / Awards

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwest Colleges and Universities (NORCUS), 1987-88

Faculty Fellow, NASA-Joint Venture (JOVE), 1991–1994

Invited Testimony, Senate Subcommittee for Evidence for Life on Mars, September, 1996.

Faculty Fellow, Department of Energy – Associated Western Universities, 1995–1998

Certificate of Recognition and elevated to Friend of Water-Rock Interaction, International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, 2013