The Grotzinger Group
I arrived at Caltech in 2015 after completing a bachelor’s degree in physics and geophysics at Washington University in St. Louis. My current research focuses on the combination of remote and in-situ observations to investigate various processes on Earth and Mars. I am a participating student scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team where I help to compile daily and long-term rover plans and process data as it is returned to Earth. In particular, I am interested in quantifying and characterizing the stratigraphic context of the rover within the Murray Fm. to understand the depositional history of Gale Crater. On Earth, I use a combination of UAV images, satellite images, and in-situ datasets to investigate the role of environmental factors in controlling microbial mat populations in the Turks and Caicos and to evaluate the utility of drone-based imaging for field geology.
In addition to these projects, I also work with Dr. Bethany Ehlmann using data from the Dawn mission to investigate anomalously bright material on the surface of the asteroid Ceres and its implications for Ceres’ internal structure and surface history.
Daniela Osorio Rodriguez