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Curriculum Vitae:

William Abbey

  • B.S. Geology, George Washington University (1992)
  • M.S. Geology, George Washington University (1997)

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2001 - Present)
    • Mars Science Laboratory, Surface Sampling System Scientist (2014-Present)
    • Technologist, Planetary Science Section (2001-Present)
  • California Institute of Technology, Research Assistant (2000-2001)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Teaching Assistant (1998-1999)
  • George Washington University, Laboratory Technician (1998)
  • University of Arizona, Independent Geologic Consultant (1997)
  • George Washington University Teaching Assistant (1993-1997)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award MSL Prime Mission and Operations Team, 2015
  • NASA Group Achievement Award MSL Project Operations Team, 2013.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team, 2013.

Selected Publications
  1. Anderson, R.C., Beegle, L., Abbey, W., Morookian, J.M., Edgett, K., Peters, G., The Drilling Campaign on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Mission, in prep, 2016.
  2. Abbey, W. J., Bhartia, R., Williford, K., Paez, V., Sijapati, K., Sijapati, S., Hug, W., Beegle, L., Deep UV Raman Spectroscopy for Planetary Exploration: The Search for In Situ Organics, to be submitted to Icarus, 2015.
  3. Beegle, L.C., Bhartia, R., White, M., DeFlores, L., Abbey, W., Wu, J., et al.  SHERLOC: Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2015.
  4. Douglas, S., Perry, M.E., Abbey, W.J., Tanaka, Z., Chen, B., McKay, C.P., The structure and chemical layering of Proterozoic stromatolites in the Mojave Desert, International Journal of Astrobiology 14 (3), 517-526, 2015.
  5. Anderson, R.C., Beegle, L.C., Hurowitz, J., Hanson, C., Abbey, W., Sybold, C., et al. The Mars Science Laboratory Scooping Campaign at Rocknest: A Comparison Between Pre-Launch Terrestrial Testing and Mars, Icarus 256, 66-77, 2015.
  6. Bekker, D.L., Thompson, D.R., Abbey, W.J., Cabrol, N.A., Francis, R., Manatt, K.S., Ortega, K.F., Wagstaff, K.L., A Field Demonstration of an Instrument Performing Autonomous Classification of Geologic Surfaces, Astrobiology 14 (6), 486-501, 2014.
  7. Pitman, K.M., Noe Dobrea, E.Z., Jamieson, C.S., Dalton, J.B., Abbey, W.J., Joseph, E.C.S., Reflected spectroscopy and optical functions for hydrated Fe-sulfates, American Mineralogist 99 (8-9), 1593-1603, 2014.
  8. Jamieson, C, Dobrea, E.N., Dalton, J.B., Pitman, K., Abbey, W., The Spectral Variability of Kieserite (MgSO4+H2O) with Temperature and Grain Size and its Application to the Martian Surface, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets 119 (6), 1218-1237, 2014.
  9. Noell, A.C., Abbey, W.J., Anderson, R.C., Ponce, A., Radiocarbon Dating of Glacial Dust Layers and Soils at Kilimanjaro's Northern Ice Field, The Holocene 24 (10), 1398-1405, 2014.
  10. Foil, G., Thompson, D., Abbey, W., Wettergreen, D., Probabilistic Surface Classification for Rover Instrument Targeting, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2013.
  11. Wagstaff, K.L, Thompson, D.R., Abbey, W., Allwood, A., Bekker, D., Cabrol, N.A., Fuchs, T., Smart, texture-sensitive instrument classification for in situ rock and layer analysis, Geophysical Research Letters 40, 1-6, 2013.
  12. Abbey, W., Salas, E., Bhartia, R., Beegle, L.W., The Mojave Vadose Zone: A Subsurface Biosphere Analog for Mars, Astrobiology 13 (7), 637-646, 2013.

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