Anne Verbiscer is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. She received her doctorate in Planetary Science from Cornell University. Dr. Verbiscer participates in the Cassini Mission exploration of Saturn through her work with the Cassini Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) Instrument Team, Cassini Satellite Orbiter Science Team (SOST), and Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) Instrument Team. She has been Principal Investigator on two NASA Cassini Data Analysis Program research projects intended to investigate the surface properties of Enceladus.
NASA selected 21 Participating Scientists to join the Dawn team in 2010, prior to Dawn's arrival at Vesta in 2011. Since that time, Dawn Participating Scientists have made enormous contributions to the mission, as they do for most other NASA missions. But the status of a Participating Scientist program for Dawn at Ceres has been in doubt.