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Dr. Darby Dyar

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in MA
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy
Missions: MSL

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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