About the Speaker: Dr. Vicky Hamilton, SwRI
Dr. Vicky Hamilton is a Staff Scientist and Acting Section Manager for the Planetary Physics section in the Department of Space Science at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. She is a planetary geologist and spectroscopy specialist interested in the mineralogy and igneous processes/histories of planetary bodies, studying Mars, Earth, meteorites, and asteroid Bennu. The main focus of her research is understanding the spectral features of minerals and rocks in the visible, near infrared, and thermal infrared portions of the electro-magnetic spectrum and using this knowledge to identify and/or characterize the rocks and minerals on planetary surfaces. Dr. Hamilton’s work has focused on analysis of data from NASA spacecraft missions at Mars and she is a team member of the OSIRIS-REx mission, which has collected spectral data from the surface of the asteroid Bennu.