Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi is an interdisciplinary scientist working at NASA Ames Research Center and Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. In 2001 she obtained her Ph.D. in Geological, Marine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Trieste (Italy). Since 2005 she has expanded her interest to the habitability of mineralogical Mars analogs, and very dry desert regions worldwide, including the Mojave, Antarctica, Atacama (Chile), Namib, and Australia, often as a NASA Spaceward Bound team member. Rosalba joined the SETI Institute in 2008, and is keen to achieve a wide picture of where life and its signatures are most successfully distributed, concentrated, preserved, and detected. Since 2008, Rosalba has been working in Death Valley on the Ubehebe Volcanic Field. In 2012 Rosalba joined the Volunteer Program as Field Researcher in support of the Resources Management’s conservation effort in Death Valley Natl. Park. In collaboration with NASA scientists, she is applying results from this research to Mars Science Laboratory mission objectives. Formerly a teacher, she has been involved with Education and Public Outreach with non-profit organizations since 1989.
Rosalba is currently field instructor with the Road Scholar as she truly enjoys sharing results from her SETI- NASA- and Park-related research at the Ubehebe with Road Scholar Fellows and Staff.