Senior Research Scientist/Manager for Planetary Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rosaly Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist and Manager for Planetary Science at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Specializing in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology, Lopes has traveled extensively to active volcanoes on all continents. Lopes worked on the Galileo mission and was responsible for observations of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io from 1996 to 2001, discovering 71 active volcanoes. She is currently the Investigation Scientist on the Cassini Titan Radar Mapper Team and is studying the geology of Titan, particularly its strange ice volcanoes. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Geological Society of America.
Rosaly also serves on The Planetary Society's Advisory Council.
Rosaly Lopes relates her time at a workshop in Piton.
There are about 60 volcanologists here at the meeting and we are wondering if the volcano is going to erupt and, if it does, what we will be able to see.
It so happens that there is a Calderas Workshop going on the same week as DPS and I was invited to talk about planetary calderas. I chose several on Venus, Mars and Io to focus on.
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