Planetary Scientist and Mars Geologist
Nina Lanza is a Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Space and Remote Sensing group (ISR-2). She was educated at Smith College (BA, Astronomy), Wesleyan University (MA, Earth and Environmental Sciences), and the University of New Mexico (PhD, Earth and Planetary Sciences). She is currently living her dream of working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity rover. Nina is broadly interested in understanding the history of water on Mars and the potential for life in martian environments. Her most recent work focuses on manganese in the martian environment and its implications for habitability and biosignatures.