Barbara Lafuente Valverde

MINERALOGY AND DATA SCIENCE

SETI Institute - Carl Sagan Center

Dr. Lafuente specializes in scientific databases with a focus on mineralogy and astrobiology. She contributes to the development of the Open Data Repository (ODR), an open-source software to easily create and publish databases, and the Astrobiology Habitable Environments Database (AHED), a repository to share and explore user-contributed astrobiology data.

Barbara supports the development of in-situ planetary mineralogical instruments (XRD, XRF, Raman), and participates to Mars analog rock and soil research via mineral characterization. Her research interests also include studying clay minerals as paleoenvironmental indicators and using their F content to predict their origins. Dr. Lafuente has over 10 years of experience applying a variety of analytical techniques for mineral identification and characterization including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, Raman and NIR spectroscopies and microprobe analysis.