Postdoctoral fellow at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US
I am a computational Earth and planetary scientist with a keen interest in the requirements for a habitable planet. My research focuses on – but is not restricted to – the interior and tectonic processes that shape rocky planets such as Venus and Earth. I strive to integrate observations from space, geophysics, geology, and geo/cosmo-chemistry into a physics-based framework using numerical modelling techniques. I am involved in several space missions dedicated to unravel the mysteries of our neighbouring planet Venus. This includes my roles as a scientific collaborator with NASA‘s VERITAS mission and the Radio Science and Gravity Experiment team for ESA/NASA‘s EnVision mission.
I am further passionate about project management, science communication, and diversity. I have a track record of organisational skills, as well as professional outreach experience. I previously served several roles in Geodynamics Division of the European Geosciences Union and will soon join NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group Steering Committee. I am committed to foster a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for scientists.
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Academic / research experience
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, US
Principal Investigator on research project dedicated to unravelling the mysteries behind Venus’ tectonics and volcanism, awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
PhD dissertation: Shaping Earth’s interior evolution through chemical and rheological heterogeneity in the lower mantle
MSc thesis: Plume-lithosphere interactions on Venus and the origin of coronae: inferences from 3D thermo-mechanical modelling
BSc thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach