Shaunna M Morrison

Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science

Carnegie Research Scientist | 4D Initiative Co-Director


Phone: 202-478-8983


Earth and Planets Laboratory

Carnegie Institution for Science

5241 Broad Branch Rd NW

Washington, DC 20015


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4D Initiative

NASA Astrobiology ENIGMA

NASA Mars Science Lab

RRUFF Project

Astromaterials Data System

Deep-Time Data Infrastructure

Brief Bio:

Shaunna M. Morrison is a mineralogist and planetary scientist with expertise in crystallography, crystal chemistry, and the application of data driven techniques. Morrison is the 4D (Deep Time Data Driven Discovery) Initiative Co-Director at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Earth and Planets Laboratory, former Project Manager of the Carnegie led Deep-Time Data Infrastructure (DTDI), a Co-Investigator of the CheMin X-ray diffraction instrument on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, a collaborator on the NASA Astrobiology ENIGMA Project, a Co-Investigator of the NASA Astromaterials Data System, and a data contributor and collaborator of the RRUFF Project, including the Mineral Evolution Database (MED), Mineral Properties Database (MPD), and the Evolutionary System of Mineralogy Database (ESMD). Morrison builds on her technical and theoretical background in crystallography, crystal chemistry, and martian mineralogy, to explore new techniques in multidimensional, multivariate analysis and visualization by employing a range of advanced analytics and machine learning techniques to better understand the complex relationships among Earth and planetary materials, their formational environments through deep time, and their coevolution with the biosphere, including identifying and characterizing mineralogical signs of life.

Research Interests

  • Mineralogical signs of life

  • Data-driven approaches to characterizing the coevolution of the geosphere and biosphere

  • Applications of advanced analytics to Earth and planetary systems, with a particular emphasis in mineral relationships

  • Martian mineralogy via surface missions (CheMin, NASA MSL) and meteorites

  • Crystal chemical behavior and bonding systematics in minerals

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