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Dr. Darby Dyar

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Amherst, MA
mdyar [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus | MSL | Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Petrology, Geology, Education/Public Outreach, Mineralogy, Astrobiology

Research Interests

Dr. Darby Dyar is a mineralogist and spectroscopist interested in a wide range of problems relating to the evolution of the solar system.  She studies the redox state of iron and the abundance of hydrogen in solar system materials using Mossbauer, x-ray absorption, and FTIR spectroscopy.  

Professional History

Dr. Dyar has pioneered use of machine learning tools to interpret spectroscopic data. She is a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory science team. In addition to being a Senior Scientist at PSI, Darby Dyar is also Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy at Mt. Holyoke College.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Service Award, Mineralogical Society of America, 1991
Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America, 1995

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