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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)
    • Operations Lead, SHERLOC Spectroscopy, Mars 2020 (2018-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 Honors Award - MSL FED/FEST Team, Group Achievement 2019
  • NASA Honors Award - Non-Percussive Drilling Development Team, Group Achievement 2017
  • NASA Bonus Award - PSTAR WATSON, Team Bonus Award 2017
  • NASA Honors Award - MSL Extended Mission-1 Science & Operations Team, Group Achievement 2017
  • NASA Bonus Award - MSL Surface Sampling Science Team, Team Bonus Award 2015
  • 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
  • NASA Bonus Award - In Situ Sample Processing Team, Team Bonus Award 2005

Selected Publications
  1. Abbey, W., Anderson, R., Beegle, L., Peters, G., Moorikian, J.M., Collins, C., Feldman, J., et al., A Look Back: The Drilling Campaign of the Curiosity Rover during the Mars Science Laboratory's First and Second Extended Missions, to be submitted to Icarus, 2020.
  2. Razzell-Hollis, J., Ireland, S., Abbey, W., Bhartia, R., Beegle, L., Deep-Ultraviolet Raman Spectra of Mars-Relevant Evaporite Minerals under 248.6 nm Excitation, to be submitted to Icarus, 2019.
  3. Fox, V., Kupper, R., Ehlmann, B., Catalano, J., Schild, D.J., Razzell-Hollis, J., Abbey, W., Peters, J., Synthesis and characterization of Fe(III)-Mg-Al smectite solid solutions and implications for planetary science, to be submitted to American Mineralogist, 2019.
  4. Uckert, K., Parness, A., Chanover, N., Eshelman, E., Abcouwer, N., Nash, J... Abbey, W., et al., An Astrobiology Instrument Suite Integrated with the LEMUR Rock-Climbing Robot, submitted to Astrobiology, 2019.
  5. Carrier, B., Beegle, L.W., Abbey, W.J., Bhartia, R., Liu, Y., Attenuation of Ultraviolet Radiation in Rocks & Minerals: Implications for Mars Science, accepted in Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 2019.
  6. Eshelman, E., Malaska, M., Manatt, K., Doloboff, I., Wanger, G., Willis, M., Abbey, W., Beegle, L., Priscu, J., Bhartia, R., WATSON: In situ organic detection in subsurface ice using deep-UV fluorescence spectroscopy, Astrobiology 19 (6), 2019.
  7. Abbey, W., Anderson, R.C., Beegle, L., Horowitz, J., Williford, K., Peters, G., Morookian, J.M., et al., A Look Back: The Drilling Campaign of the Curiosity Rover during the Mars Science Laboratory's Prime Mission, Icarus 319, 1-13, 2019.
  8. Mellerowicz, B., Zacny, K., Paulson, G., Kim, D., Bailey, J., Ngo, P.,.... Abbey, W., et al., Development of a Deep Drill System with Integrated Deep UV/Raman Spectrometer for Mars and Europa, paper presented at AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum & Exposition, 2018.
  9. Peters, G.H., Carey, E.M., Anderson, R.C., Abbey, W.J., Kinnet, R., Watkins, J.A., Schemel, M., et al., Uniaxial compressive strengths of rocks drilled at Gale Crater, Mars, Geophysical Research Letters 45, 108-116, 2018.
  10. Flannery, D., Allwood, A.C., Summons, R.E., Williford, K.E., Abbey, W., Matys, E.D., Ferralis, N., Spatially-resolved isotopic study of carbon trapped in ~3.43 Ga Strelly Pool Formation Stromatolites, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 223, 21-35, 2017.
  11. Abbey, W. J., Bhartia, R., Beegle, L., DeFlores, L., Paez, V., Sijapati, K., Sijapati, S., Williford, K., Tuite, M., Hug, W., Reid, R., Deep UV Raman Spectroscopy for Planetary Exploration: The Search for In Situ Organics, Icarus 290, 201-214, 2017.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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