Dr. Lopes is the Manager of the Planetary Science Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and currently the Investigation Scientist on the Cassini Flight Projectís Titan Radar Mapper Team. Her focus on this team is the strange ice volcanoes on Titan - the largest of Saturn's moons. Born and raised near the famous Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Lopes graduated in 1978 with a degree in astronomy from the University of London. She specialized in her doctoral studies in planetary geology and volcanology, and completed her Ph. D. in Planetary Science in 1986. Her major research interests are in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology. She has traveled extensively to active volcanoes, particularly Mount Etna in Sicily, and become a member of the U.K.'s Volcanic Eruption Surveillance Team.
Dr. Lopes has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications, published seven books, and in 2005 won the prestigious American Astronomical Society's Carl Sagan medal for excellence in communicating science to the public.
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