Emma Marcucci


Dr. Emma Marcucci joined the Space Telescope Science Institute in 2017 as Education and Outreach Scientist. At the institute she works largely on the NASA’s Universe of Learning program, a NASA SMD-funded STEM learning and literacy program designed to engage learners in exploring the universe and NASA Astrophysics from themselves. She coordinates project efforts across partner institutions to support nationwide dissemination of resources. Additional efforts include sharing the science of Hubble and Webb to the public.

Dr. Marcucci comes from a planetary science background. Throughout her career, she has researched how planets, mainly Mars, came to appear the way they appear today. This was usually accomplished through analog studies using a combination of remote sensing, fieldwork, and experimental studies. Her research projects include working with satellite stereo images to derive topographic models of locations in Alaska and on Mars to study the interactions of lava and ground ice, and using experiments, models, and fieldwork to understand how basalts weather in volcanic environments in Nicaragua and Mars.


Ph.D. in Geological Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University


Science Interests:

  • Acid-sulfate alteration of basalts
  • Lava–ground-ice interactions in Alaska and on Mars
  • Stereophotogrammetry from satellite images
  • VNIR reflectance spectroscopy


Research Topics: VIS-NIR Spectrosopy; Remote Sensing; Stereophotogrammetry; Planetary Science


Professional Websites:

NASA's Universe of Learning


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0712-989X

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