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Olathe MacIntyre

Olathe MacIntyre

Olathe MacIntyre

Professionnal informations

Staff Scientist, Space Place and Planetarium
Science North




Region of Olathe MacIntyre
Greater Sudbury, ON


  • English

Activities sectors

  • Astronomy / solar system
  • Careers in space
  • Mars exploration
  • Space exploration
  • Microgravity
  • Earth observation satellites and environment

Conferences types

  • Virtual conferences
  • In-person conferences anywhere in the country


12/2013 Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada 09/2005 M.Sc., Space Science, International Space University, Strasbourg, France 04/2002 B.Sc., Biology (First Class Honours), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada


Dr. Olathe MacIntyre was among the final 72 astronaut candidates out of 3772 applicants with the Canadian Space Agency in 2017. Her B.Sc. in biology at Dalhousie University and research at a wastewater-treatment greenhouse led her to study biological life-support systems for space exploration. After working as an onboard marine biologist in Alaska for two years, she completed her M.Sc. in space science at the International Space University in France. She participated in a microgravity flight in France and two analogue Mars missions at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. An internship at the world-class Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility at the University of Guelph led to a Ph.D. in environmental sciences. Her thesis explored the implications of low-pressure conditions for plant-microbe interactions in a Lunar or Martian greenhouse. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in water and wastewater treatment in First Nations communities. Dr. MacIntyre is currently a staff scientist with Canada’s second-largest science centre, Science North, where she helps inspire the next generation of scientists through space exploration.

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