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51+ Women in Planetary Science

Women in Planetary Science are doing amazing work essential to expanding our understanding of planets from Mercury to Pluto, and with extrasolar planets beyond.  At the 2010 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, women from this site set a goal of conducting original interviews with 51 women in planetary science, one for each week of the year before the next LPSC, and posting excerpts here for all to see.  We have since reached and exceeded this goal, and we would like to keep going!  The more profiles we have, the more likely we are to speak to and inspire the huge diversity of future women in planetary science who are out there.

This page is updated regularly, so come back soon for even more inspiration!

51+ Women in Planetary Science (original interviews for this blog)

If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, or to conduct an interview, please contact Kelsi Singer,  knsinger at levee (dot) wustl (dot) edu.

In Memoriam

This was a sad list heading to make, but we wanted to keep a record of the thoughtful memorial articles that people have written honoring amazing women in our field who have passed away.

More Women in Planetary Science (External Links)

We also celebrate our engineering colleagues Donna Shirley, project manager on Mars Pathfinder and Mary Chiu from CONTOUR Project Manager.  Know of more profiles of outstanding planetary science women? Leave a comment or email the site and we’ll be happy to link them here!

Other great interview collections:

Are you looking to introduce female planetary scientists to your students? Consider inviting them to speak at departmental colloquia or special events. Both the American Physical Society (APS) and the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) offer Speakers Bureaus that highlight women and minority speakers available for colloquia, seminars, or special events — and they even provide travel grants.  A great suggestion from planetary scientists attending the annual LPSC Women’s Networking Breakfast has been to invite women speakers to speak at department events and a lunch for women graduate students, postdocs, and other interested women, to provide additional support and role models for younger women in the field.

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  1. April 12, 2021 9:13 pm

    Thank you for publishing this amazing resource! Making my way through the interviews now. I’m not a trained scientist but I read about planetary science as a hobby. This is a treasure cove of valuable insight!


  2. October 15, 2015 4:20 am

    Its magnificent 🙂

  3. June 20, 2013 8:57 am

    You’re welcome, well-deserved.

  4. June 15, 2013 2:24 pm

    Congratulations! I have nominated your WordPress blog for the Super Sweet Blogger award. More about your nomination is at:

    Keep up the good works!

    Best regards,

  5. Kenny Frew permalink
    April 6, 2013 10:37 pm

    Carolyn Porco
    Cassini Imaging Team Leader
    Director, CICLOPS


    • April 9, 2013 4:49 pm

      She is absolutely on the “to be approached for interview” list :). At this point we are looking for more people to conduct the interviews :).

  6. September 2, 2012 3:27 pm

    Which my name was in that list. What an extremely talented group.

  7. August 8, 2011 1:42 pm

    Hi All, I just discovered this site from the “best blogs” awards. Congrats on being a finalist in the science category! I’ve been browsing the interviews: thank you for introducing me to these interesting women and their careers. I’m also a children’s book author specializing in science and am taking some notes about experts to contact in the feature, with the goal of putting more women up front and center in STEM education.

    A few years ago, I had the sheer pleasure of writing a biography of Adriana Ocampo, planetary geologist at NASA. (Rosaly Lopes-Gautier, featured here, makes an appearance!) Space Rocks is part of a series of books aimed at tween and early-teen girls: Women’s Adventures in Science (Joseph Henry Press/Scholastic). The website for kids:

    Besides telling about Adriana’s career (she helped identify the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan and discovered some far-flung Belize fall-out from the asteroid impact), this biography is also one of those great first generation immigration stories that make us a little teary-eyed: Adriana moved with her family to the U.S. when she was 14, with very little English, and had landed a job at NASA just a few years later. She’s still there, a few decades later. —Lorraine

  8. May 14, 2011 5:45 am

    I can’t seem to fully load this post from my smartphone!!

  9. Mark T permalink
    April 29, 2011 11:17 pm

    I have worked with a couple of the scientists and can say they were first rate all the way. And fun once you get to know them. I say that as a lowly undergrad who has done interships at NASA. Very nice people.

  10. April 27, 2011 12:47 pm

    Just a slight correction to your list, I don’t have a Ph.D. so I’m not a doctor. 🙂

  11. December 12, 2010 9:47 am

    found this through twitter! most excellent source. I am teaching Earth and Space Science and I have been having the students research scientists and I will surely include those from your list.


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