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Christina Richey

Dr. Christina R. Richey recently started a new journey in life, as a Research Technologist in the Astrophysics and Space Science Section at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where they are a Project Staff Scientist for the Europa Clipper Mission.  Prior to moving to JPL in February of 2018, Christina was a Senior Scientist at ASRC Federal, working for the Science Mission Directorate and Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Richey has held several leadership positions and has actively engaged in education and public outreach opportunities.  Christina is an accomplished leader in dealing with anti-harassment policies and procedures, and with working to understand issues of bias. Dr. Richey has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for their work within the Planetary Science community. In 2015, Christina was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award. Asteroid (151835) Christinarichey is named in their honor.


Dr. Richey received their undergraduate degree in Physics at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2004, and their Masters (2007) and PhD (2011) in Physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Research Interests

Icy Satellites and the ISM

Professional Experience

Dr. Richey was a NASA postdoctoral fellow at NASA Goddard. After, as a member of NASA HQ's Planetary Science Division, they served as Program Officer, as Deputy Program Scientist for the OSIRIS-REx mission, and as Deputy Science Advisor for Research and Analysis for the Science Mission Directorate. Richey has served as chair of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA), and Co-Chair of the Professional Climate and Culture Subcommittee of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS).

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