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Dr. Amy C. Barr Mlinar

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Serbia
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Callisto, Charon, Dwarf planets, Europa, Exoplanets, Ganymede, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Saturn
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Geology, Impacts, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Tectonics, Volcanism
Missions: Cassini, Europa Clipper, Galileo, New Horizons

Research Interests

Dr. Amy Barr Mlinar is an expert in the formation and evolution of solid planetary bodies. 

Professional History

Dr. Barr Mlinar holds a B.S in Planetary Science from Caltech (2000), M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. At Washington University in St. Louis (2005-2006) and the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder (2006-2011), she studied the origin of the activity on Enceladus, the accretion of Callisto in a gas-starved disk, and the effect of the Late Heavy Bombardment on the outer planet satellites. In 2011 she joined the faculty at Brown University where she continued these lines of research; she continues to work on these subjects as a Senior Research Scientist at PSI. Her work demonstrates that large icy satellites can accrete cold, consistent with the interior states of Callisto and Titan; and highlights the importance of tides in driving icy satellite differentiation. She serves on the National Academies Standing Committee on Astrobiology & Planetary Science (CAPS) and the committee on Planetary Protection for Icy Bodies. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Summer Science Program, Inc. since 2004.

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