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Rachel Klima

Dr. Rachel Klima received her Ph.D. in Planetary Geology at Brown University in 2008, where she studied the relationship between crystal structure and the reflectance spectra of rock-forming minerals. Dr. Klima is a planetary geologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where her research interests center on using reflectance spectroscopy to understand the thermal evolution of airless bodies in the solar system. During graduate school and a postdoc at Brown, she was involved with the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, as well as the Moon Mineralogy Mapper. At APL, she has continued her laboratory research and worked on the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. As part of the VOlatiles, Regolith and Thermal Investigations Consortium for Exploration and Science (VORTICES) team, she is working on spectral modeling of internally bound and surficially adsorbed water on nominally anhydrous minerals and meteorites.