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Dr. Ashley Murphy

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Currently resides in NJ
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Mars
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Field Work, Geochemistry, Geology, Mineralogy, Optical Microscopy, Petrology, Raman Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy
Missions: Mars 2020

Research Interests

Ashley Murphy's graduate research focused on identifying and characterizing microbial and mineralogical biosignatures in dolomitized carbonate rocks. She is currently a collaborator on the Mars 2020 SHERLOC instrument team and her role focuses on connecting fine-scale WATSON images and SHERLOC Raman data to other rover- and orbital-derived data to reconstruct the geologic history of Jezero crater, Mars. Ashley is also using terrestrial analogues and Raman spectroscopic studies to improve the interpretation of rover-derived data.

Professional History

Ashley Murphy received her B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University Newark, where she characterized the effects of dolomitization on stromatolitic biosignatures in ancient and modern samples.  

During her time at Rutgers, Murphy supervised and mentored undergraduate students from underrepresented groups funded through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Northern New Jersey Bridges to Baccalaureate (B2B), and Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs. She worked closely with the students in the Geomicrobiology Lab to help them develop, conduct, and present their research projects. In addition, she worked as a teaching assistant and taught 100 to 300 level science courses for undergraduate students. 

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