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Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at JPL, and Editor-in-Chief for the planetary science journal Icarus. Dr. Lopes was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to London, England, where she obtained a Bachelor's in Science in Astronomy and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science, both from the University of London (University College). Her major research interests are in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology. During her Ph.D. she traveled extensively to active volcanoes, particularly Mount Etna in Sicily, and became a member of the U.K.'s Volcanic Eruption Surveillance Team. Dr. Lopes joined JPL as National Research Council Fellow in 1989 and, in 1991, became a JPL employee and a member of the Galileo Flight Project, a mission to Jupiter. She was responsible for observations of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io from 1996 to 2001, using Galileo's Near-infrared Mapping Spectrometer.
Dr. Lopes worked on the Cassini mission to Saturn from 2002 until 2018, as part of the Cassini Titan Radar Mapper Team. She is currently studying data acquired by Cassini, in particular, the geology and potential habitability of Saturn's largest moon, Titan as a Principal Investigator in NASA's Astrobiology Institute, leading an international team.
She has received many honors for her contributions to the studies of volcanism on Earth and the planets. She is an elected Fellow of three professional societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, and an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Among her awards are the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, the American Astronomical Society's Carl Sagan medal, two NASA Exceptional Public Service medals, the Adler Planetarium's Women in Science award, the Antarctica Medal from the National Science Foundation, the Lowell Thomas medal from the Explorers Club, the Wings Women of Discovery Air and Space award, the Women at Work Medal of Excellence, the Woman of the Year in Science and Technology Award from the Miami-based GEMS television, and the Latinas in Science medal from the Comision Feminil Mexicana Nacional. The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid (22454) Rosalylopes. She was honored in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the discoverer of the most active volcanoes anywhere.
Dr Lopes has taken many leadership roles in the scientific community. She chairs the Outer Planets Task Group of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. She served as elected Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and currently serves as President of the American Geophysical Union's Planetary Science Section. She is a member of the Space Studies Board of the US National Academies. At JPL, she was the Chair of the Senior Research Scientists Council from 2019-2020 and manager of the Planetary Science Section from 2013-2018.
Dr. Lopes has written 135 peer-reviewed scientific publications and published eight books, "The Volcano Adventure Guide", "Volcanic Worlds: Exploring the Solar System Volcanoes" (co-edited with Tracy Gregg, Foreword by Sally Ride), "Io After Galileo" (co-edited with John Spencer), "Alien Volcanoes" (co-authored with Michael Carroll, Foreword by Arthur C. Clarke), "Volcanoes: A Beginner's Guide", "Modeling Volcanic Processes" (co-edited with S. Fagents and T. Gregg), "Alien Seas" (co-edited with Michael Carroll, Foreword by James Cameron) and "Antarctica: Earth's Own Ice World" (co-authored with Michael Carroll).
In addition to her science work, she is a strong supporter of education, diversity, and outreach, nationally and internationally. She has given numerous public lectures in the US and abroad, on every continent including Antarctica. She has been active in the media, giving hundreds of interviews, and has been featured on numerous TV documentaries in the US and abroad.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
Use of remote sensing data collected from spacecraft to further develop theoretical models of surface processes, in close collaboration with instrument investigations. Recent research efforts have been directed towards:
Selected Referred Publications
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