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Research Experience

2021–present | Principal Investigator, ChemCam instrument
NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) rover
Leading international team of 50+ scientists and engineers to operate, maintain, and analyze data from ChemCam instrument onboard the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover.

2019–present | Team Lead, Space and Planetary Exploration Team / Staff Scientist (Scientist III)
ISR-2 (Space and Remote Sensing), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Team lead of planetary team in ISR-2; studying biosignatures of manganese-rich materials with LIBS and Raman spectroscopy; quantifying LIBS ablation rates in geological materials using LIBS spectral and acoustic data; quantifying manganese abundance in LIBS spectral data for ChemCam and SuperCam; supporting ChemCam operations for Mars Science Laboratory rover mission.

2018–2019 | Deputy Team Lead, Space and Planetary Exploration Team / Staff Scientist (Scientist III)
ISR-2 (Space and Remote Sensing), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

2014–2018 | Staff Scientist (Scientist II)
ISR-2 (Space and Remote Sensing), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Led study of manganese in Gale crater, Mars and quantified manganese abundance in LIBS spectral data for ChemCam and SuperCam; supporting ChemCam operations for Mars Science Laboratory rover mission

2012–2014 | Postdoctoral Research Associate
ISR-2 (Space and Remote Sensing), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Studied geological materials related to rock-soil-atmosphere interactions including surface coatings and rinds with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; supported ChemCam operations for Mars Science Laboratory rover mission


2011 | Doctor of Philosophy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2006 | Master of Arts, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

2001 | Bachelor of Arts, Astronomy, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Selected Grants and Fellowships

2023–2024 |  Principal Investigator, NASA Analog Activities to Support Artemis Lunar Operations. “Communication structures for science activities during human surface missions.” Member of Joint EVA Test Team 5 (JETT5).

2023 | Co-Investigator, LANL LDRD Reserve Funds award. “Planetary Science Investigations” (PI: S. Clegg).         

2021 – 2022 | Principal Investigator, Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant. “Finding Life on Mars from Above: Testing the GRAPE Mission Concept at Haughton Crater, Canada.”    

2020–2023 | Principal Investigator, LANL LDRD Exploratory Research award. “Listening for rock coatings on Mars: Using acoustic signals from laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.”

2020 – 2023 | Co-Investigator, LANL LDRD Directed Research award. “Uncertainty Quantification for Robust Machine Learning” (PI: D. Oyen).

2019–2020 | Principal Investigator, LANL LDRD Exploratory Research award. “Boron and Ribose in Clay: a Precursor for Life on Earth and Mars?”

2019–2020 | Principal Investigator, NASA Exobiology. “Discovering biosignatures in manganese deposits on Mars with rover payload instruments.

2019 | Principal Investigator, LANL LDRD Reserve Funds award. “Using acoustic signals from LIBS plasma shock waves to identify rock coatings on Mars.”

2018 | Principal Investigator, LANL Science Investment Small Equipment grant. “Benchtop Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy.”

2017–2020 | Collaborator, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program. “Understanding diversity in martian magmatism: Modeling the formation of felsic and alkaline igneous compositions from in-situ data collected on Mars.” (PI: A. Udry, UNLV).

2016–2019 | Co-Principal Investigator, LANL LDRD Exploratory Research award. “Life on the Edge: Microbes in Rock Varnish.” (PI: C. Yeager, LANL

2016–2018 | Principal Investigator, LANL LDRD Early Career Award. “Discovering Biosignatures in Manganese Deposits on Mars.”

Awards and Honors

  • Explorers Club Citation of Merit, awarded to the NASA Curiosity ChemCam engineering team (2022).
  • Elected as a Fellow National, The Explorers Club (2021).
  • Selected as a Department of Energy Woman @ Energy, (2020). 
  • Selected as one of NNSA’s “Women integral to the nuclear security enterprise,” Women’s History Month campaign, (2017).
  • Rising Stars of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015).
  • Selected as a LANL “Woman Who Inspires” (2014).
  • LANL Postdoc Distinguished Performance Award (2013).
  • Winner, LANL Postdoc Research Day (2013).
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL ChemCam Instrument Development and Science Team (2013).
  • LANL Large Team Distinguished Performance Award, ChemCam project (2012).


  • Principal Investigator, ChemCam instrument, NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover (2021 – present).
  • Team Lead, Space and Planetary Exploration Team, ISR-2/ISR-6 (2019 – present).
  • Deputy Team Lead, Space and Planetary Exploration Team, ISR-2 (2018 – 2019).
  • LANL NASA Program Point of Contact for Planetary Sciences (2017 – present).
  • LANL Center for Space and Earth Studies Planetary Science seminar series (2017 – present).
  • LANL Center for Space and Earth Studies Planetary Science Focus Area Lead (2019).
  • Mars 2020 Landing Site Working Group Co-Lead, NE Syrtis megabreccia group (2017).
  • Member, Research Library Advisory Board, LANL, Los Alamos, NM (2013 – 2020)

Operations and Field Experience

  • Led Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant field study in Mars analog terrestrial field site in Haughton crater, Canada to develop novel neutron and gamma ray spectroscopy for planetary applications; testing concept of operations for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS). Featured on “Tales from the Explorers Club” (Discovery) (2022).
  • ChemCam Payload Uplink Lead and Payload Downlink Lead and Payload Element Lead for Mars Science Laboratory surface operations on Mars (science and engineering roles); continuously staffing instrument operations role from landing in 2012 to present.
  • Mars 2020 Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training test (ROASTT) (2019). Analyzed SuperCam data as Payload Downlink Lead, acted as SuperCam instrument representative in Campaign Implementation group. 
  • Field team member, Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET), 2015 – 2016 season. Recovered meteorites from remote field locations in the Miller Range, Antarctica.
  • NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field exercise, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (2011). Acted as Geolab Scicom and EV1 context documentarian.
  • Mars Science Laboratory Fast Motion Field Test (2011). Analyzed and interpreted ChemCam data of unknown Mars analog field site in preparation for Mars surface operations.
  • NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field exercise, Flagstaff, AZ (2010). Participated in tactical, strategic, and field operations.
  • Mars Science Laboratory Slow Motion Field Test (2007). Acted as ChemCam Payload Downlink Lead in preparation for Mars surface operations.

Selected Outreach Activities


How the Universe Works, Seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 (2014-2022). ​The Science Channel.

Mars: One Day on the Red Planet,” National Geographic TV (special) (2020).

Space Rock Hunter,” Daily Planet (Discovery Canada), Treasure Seekers Week, season 21 episode 73 (aired 13 April 2016). 


NASA’s Perseverance rover captures the sounds of Mars, 18 October 2021.
Perseverance: What music sounds like on Mars, 18 February 2021.
Life on Mars? Rock varnish could hold the answer,​ 4 December 2018
Santa Fe March for Science 2017​, Santa Fe, NM, 22 April 2017
Los Alamos Science in 60,​ Los Alamos, NM, 8 December 2015
Los Alamos ChemCam update: Manganese oxides on Mars,​ Los Alamos, NM, 30 June 2016
NASA Curiosity Rover Report, P​asadena, CA, 26 October 2012


Life’s Tough, but Explorers are Tougher,” 4 March 2021 (20 min 27 s)

Diamonds in the Ice,” ​On A Mission (JPL),​ 26 November 2019 (40 min 36 s)

Meteorite Hunting in Antarctica,” Third Pod From the Sun (AGU), 7 November 2019 (episode 23) (14 min 27 s)

9th International Mars Conference (feat. Nina Lanza),” ​WeMartians​ (47 min 20 s)

‘“The Meteorite Hunter,” ​Undiscovered​, 16 March 2017 (32 min 32 sec)


NPR Morning Edition, 25 February 2021 (6 min 43 s)

BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, 21 February 2021 (starting at 19:40, 5 min)

NPR Morning Edition, 11 February 2021 (3 min 48 s)

Radio Café, KUNM​Albuquerque, NM, 12 April 2017 (41 min 37 sec) 

Santa Fe Radio Café, KSFR​Santa Fe, NM 1 March 2016 (32 min 16 s)

Science Friday,​ 29 January 2016 (16 min 49 s)

New Mexico People Places and Ideas, KUNM​Albuquerque, NM, 6 February 2015 ​(28 min 30 s)


Why Premature Claims of Life on Mars Hurt Science.” ​Scientific American, Observations blog,​ 14 January 2020

Did Life Sign the Guestbook on Mars?” ​Scientific American, Observations blog​, 18 July 2019 (with C. Yeager)

Social Media

  • Blog Tsarina for ANSMET field team (2015 – 2016 season).
  • Official microblogger, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2013-2018 (Twitter handle: @marsninja)

Refereed Book Chapters (2)

Lanza, N.L.​,​ ​Wiens, R.C., Maurice, S., and Johnson, J. (2020). “Elemental Analyses of Mars from Rovers with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy by ChemCam and SuperCam,” in ​Remote Compositional Analysis: Techniques for Understanding Spectroscopy, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Planetary Surfaces​, Eds: Janice L. Bishop, Jeffrey Moersch, and James F. Bell, III, Cambridge University Press.

Lanza, N.L. ​and Newsom, H.E. (2013). Extraterrestrial Hillslope Processes. In: Stoffel, M. and Marston, R. (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology ​v.7: Mountain and Hillslope Geomorphology. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 382-396.

Refereed Journal Publications (49)

Lingappa, U.F., Yeager, C.M., Sharma, A, Lanza, N.L., Morales, D.P., Xie, G., Atencio, A.D., Chadwick, G.L., Monteverde, D.R., Magyar, J.S., Webb, S.M., Valentine, J.S., Hoffman, B.M., Fischer, W.W. (in revisions). Manganese in rock varnish derives from Cyanobacteria. Submitted to PNAS.

Gasda, P.J, Anderson, R., Cousin, A., Forni, O.,  Clegg, S., Ollila, A., Lanza, N., Frydenvang, F., Lamm, S., Wiens, R., Maurice, S., Gasnault, O., Beal, R., Reyes-Newell, A., Delapp. D. (in revisions). Quantification of Manganese for ChemCam Mars and Laboratory Spectra Using a Multivariate Model, Spectrochimica Acta Part B.

Liu, Y., Fischer, W.W., Ma, C., Beckett, J.R., Guan, Y., Lingappa, U.F., Webb, S.M., Tschauner, O., Prakapenka, V.B., Hu, J., Lanza, N., Agee, C. (accepted). Manganese oxides in Martian meteorites Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and 7533. Icarus.

Wiens, R.C., Lanza, N.L., and 129 coauthors (2021). The SuperCam instrument suite on the NASA Mars 2020 rover: Body unit and combined system tests. Space Science Reviews 217 (article 4),

Maurice, S., Lanza, N., and 162 coauthors (2021). The SuperCam instrument on the Mars 2020 rover: Science objectives and mast-unit description. Space Science Reviews, SPAC-D-20-00069R1.

Wiens, R.C., Edgett, K.S., Stack, K.M., Dietrich, W.E., Bryk, A.B., Mangold, N., Bedford, C., Gasda, P., Farien, A., Thompson, L., Johnson, J., Gasnault, O., Clegg, C., Cousin, A., Forni, O., Frydenvang, J., Lanza, N., Maurice, S., Newsom, H., Ollila, A., Payre, V., Rivera-Hernandez, F., and Vasavada, A. (2020). Origin and composition of three heterolithic boulder- and cobble-bearing deposits overlying the Murray and Stimson formations, Gale crater, Mars. Icarus 350,

L’Haridon, J., Mangold, N., Fraeman, A.A., Johnson, J.R., Cousin, A., Rapin, W., David, G., Dehouck, E., Sun, V., Frydenvang, J., Gasnault, O., Gasda, P., Lanza, N., Forni, O., Meslin, P.-Y., Schwenzer, S., Bridges, J., Horgan, B., House, C.H., Salvatore, M., Maurice, S., and Wiens, R.C. (accepted). Iron mobility during diagenesis at the Vera Rubin Ridge, Gale crater, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research Planets,

Frydenvang, J., Mangold, N., Wiens, R.C., Fraeman, A.A., Edgar, L.A., Fedo, C., L’Haridon, J., Bedford, C.C., Gupta, S. Grotzinger, J.P., Bridges, J.C., Clark, B.C., Rampe, E.B., Gasnault, O., Maurice, S., Gasda, P.J., Lanza, N.L., Ollila, A.M., Meslin, P.-Y., Payré, V., Calef, F., Salvatore, M., and House, C.H. (2020). The chemostratigraphy of the Murray formation and role of diagenesis at Vera Rubin ridge in Gale crater, Mars, as observed by the ChemCam instrument. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125(9),

Carrier, B.L, ​Lanza, N.L.​, and 59 coauthors (2020). Mars Extant Life: What’s Next? Conference Report. Astrobiology​ 20(6), 785-814.

Yousefzadeh, R., Oyen, D., and ​Lanza, N. ​(2019). Learning Diverse Gaussian Graphical Models and Interpreting Edges. ​Proceedings of the 2019 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining​, 405-413,​.

Payré, V., Sautter, V., Gasnault, O., Forni, O., Maurice, S., Lasue, J., Goetz, W., Meslin, P.-Y., ​Lanza, N.​, Nachon, M., Mangold, N., Le Deit, L., Rapin, W., Clark, B. (2019). Copper enrichments in the Kimberley formation in Gale crater, Mars: Evidence for a Cu deposit at the source. ​Icarus​ 321, 736-751.

Salvatore, M., Truitt, K., Roszell, K., Wiens, R., Clegg, S., Mangold, N., ​Lanza, N.​, Rampe, E., Dehouck, E. (2019). Investigating the role of anhydrous oxidative weathering on sedimentary rocks in the Transantarctic Mountains and implications for the modern weathering of sedimentary lithologies on Mars. ​Icarus​ 319, 669-684.

Lasue, J., Cousin, A., Meslin, P.-Y., Mangold, N., Wiens, R.C., Berger, G., Dehouck, E., Forni, O., Goetz, W., Gasnault, O., Rapin, W., Schroeder, S., Ollila, A., Johnson, J., Le Mouelic, S., Maurice, S., Anderson, R., Blaney, D., Clark, B., Clegg, S.M., d’Uston, C., Fabre, C., ​Lanza, N.​, Madsen, M. B., Martin-Torres, J., Melikechi, N., Newsom, H., Sautter, V., Zorzano, M.P. (2018). Martian eolian dust probed by ChemCam.

Geophysical Research Letters​ 45,
Gasda, P.J., Haldeman, E.B., Wiens, R.C., Rapin, W., Bristow, T.F., Bridges, J.C., Schwenzer, S.P., Clark, B., Herkenhoff, K., Frydenvang, J., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Maurice, S., Clegg, S., Delapp, D.M., Sanford, V.L., Bodine, M.R., and McInroy, R. (2017). In situ detection of boron by ChemCam on Mars. ​Geophysical Research Letters​, doi:​ ​10.1002/2017GL074480.

Rampe, E., Ming., D.W., Blake, D.F., Bristow, T.F., Chipera, S.J., Grotzinger, J.P., Morris, R.V., Morrison, S.M., Vaniman, D.T., Yen, A.S., Achilles, C.N., Craig, P.I., Des Marais, D.J., Downs, R.T., Farmer, J.D., Fendrich, K.V., Gellert, R., Hazen, R.M., Kah, L.C., Morookian, J.M., Peretyazhko, T.S., Serrazin, P., Treiman, A.H., Berger, J.A., Eigenbrode, J.L., Farien, A.G., Forni, O., Gupta, S., Hurowitz, J.A., Lanza, N.L.​, Schmidt, M.E., Siebach, K., Sutter, B., and Thompson, L.M. (2017). Mineralogy of an ancient lacustrine mudstone succession from the Murray formation, Gale crater, Mars. ​Earth and Planetary Science Letters​ 431, 172-185.

Frydenvang, F., Gasda, P., Hurowitz, J., Grotzinger, J., Wiens, R., Newsom, H.E., Edgett, K., Watkins, J., Bridges, J., Maurice, S., Fisk, M., Ehlmann, B., Johnson, J., Rapin, W., Stein, N., Clegg, S., Schwenzer, S., Bedford, Candice, Edwards, P., Mangold, N., Cousin, A., Anderson, R., Payré, V., Vaniman, D., Blake, D.F., ​Lanza, N.​, Gupta, S., Van Beek, J., Sautter, V., Meslin, P.-Y., Rice, M., Milliken, R., Gellert, R., Thompson, L., Clark, B., Sumner, D., Fraeman, A., Kinch, K., Madsen, M., Mitrofanov, I., Jun, I., Calef, F., and Vasavada, A. (2016). Diagenetic silica enrichment and late-stage groundwater activity in Gale crater, Mars. ​Geophysical Research Letters​ 44, 4716-4724.

Payré, V., Fabre, C., Cousin, A., Sautter, V., Wiens, R.C., Forni, O., Gasnault, O., Mangold, N., Meslin, P.-Y., Lasue, J., Ollila, A., Rapin, W., Maurice, S., Nachon, M., Le Deit, L., ​Lanza, N.​, and Clegg, S. (2017). Alkali trace elements in Gale crater, Mars with ChemCam: Calibration update and geological implications. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets​ 122, 650-679.

Rice, M.S., Gupta, S., Treiman, A.H., Stack, K.M., Calef, F., Edgar, L.A., Grotzinger, J., ​Lanza, N​., Le Deit, L., Lasue, J., Siebach, K.L., Vasavada, A., Wiens, R.C., and Williams, J. (2017). Geologic overview of the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission at The Kimberley, Gale crater, Mars. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets 1​ 22(1), 2-20.

Nachon, M., Mangold, N., Forni, O., Kah, L.C., Cousin, A., Wiens, R.C., Anderson, R., Blaney, D., Blank, J.G., Calef, F., Clegg, S.M., Fabre, C., Fisk, M.R., Gasnault, O., Grotzinger, J., Kronyak, R., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Lasue, J., Le Deit, L., Le Mouelic, S., Maurice, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Oehler, D.Z., Payre, V., Rapin, W., Schroder, S., Stack, K., Sumner, D. (2017). Chemistry of diagenetic features analyzed by ChemCam at Pahrump Hills, Gale crater, Mars. Icarus 281, 121-136.

Lanza, N.L.​, Wiens, R.C., Arvidson, R.E., Clark, B.C., Fischer, W.W., Gellert, R., Grotzinger, J.P., Hurowitz, J.A., McLennan, S.M., Morris, R.V., Rice, M.S., Bell III, J.F., Berger, J.A., Blaney, D.L., Bridges, N.T., Calef III, F., Campbell, J.L., Clegg, S.M., Cousin, A., Edgett, K.S., Fabre, C., Fisk, M.R., Forni, O., Frydenvang, J., Hardy, K.R., Hardgrove, C., Johnson, J.R., Lasue, J., Le Mouélic, S., Malin, M.C., Mangold, N., Martìn-Torres, J., Maurice, S., McBride, M.J., Ming, D.W., Newsom, H.E., Schröder, S., Thompson, L.M., Treiman, A.H., VanBommel, S., Vaniman, D.T., Zorzano, M.-P. (2016). Oxidation of manganese in an ancient aquifer, Kimberley formation, Gale Crater, Mars. ​Geophysical Research Letters 43 (14), 7398-7407, doi: 10.1002/2016GL069109. ​[Journal cover]

Oyen, D. and ​Lanza, N. ​(2016). Interactive discovery of chemical structure in ChemCam targets using Gaussian graphical models. In ​Workshops of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence ​(IJCAI).

Maurice, S., Clegg, S., Wiens, R., Gasnault, O., Rapin, W., Forni, O., Cousin, A., Sautter, V., Mangold, N., Le Deit, L., Nachon, M., Anderson, R.B., ​Lanza, N.​, Fabre, C., Payre, V., Lasue, J., Meslin, P.-Y., Leveille, R., Barraclough, B., Beck, P., Bender, S., Berger, G., Bridges, J., Dyar, M.D., Francis, R., Frydenvang, J., Gondet, B., Ehlmann, B., Herkenhoff, K., Johnson, J., Langevin, Y., Madsen, M., Melikechi, N., Lacour, J.-L., Le Mouelic, S., Lewin, E., Newsom, H., Ollila, A., Pinet, P., Schroder, S., Sirven, J.-B., Tokar, R., Toplis, M., d’Uston, L., Vaniman, D., and Vasavada, A. (2016). ChemCam activities and discoveries during the nominal mission of Mars Science Laboratory in Gale crater, Mars. ​Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, ​doi: 10.1039/c5ja00417a

Lasue, J., Clegg, S., Forni, O., Cousin, A., Wiens, R., ​Lanza, N.​, Mangold, N., Le Deit, L., Gasnault, O., Maurice, S., Berger, J., Stack, K., Blaney, D., Fabre, C., Goetz, W., Johnson, J., Le Mouelic, S., Nachon, M., Payre, V., Rapin, W., Sumner, D. (2016). Observation of > 5 wt % zinc at the Kimberley outcrop, Gale crater, Mars. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets ​121, 338-352, doi:10.1002/2015JE004946.

Le Deit, L., Mangold, N., Forni, O., Cousin, A., Lasue, J., Schroder, S., Wiens, R., Sumner, D., Fabre, C., Stack, K., Anderson, R.B., Blaney, D., Clegg, S., Dromart, G., Fisk, M., Gasnault, O., Grotzinger, J., Gupta, S., Lanza, N.​, Le Mouelic, S., Maurice, S., McLennan, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Nachon, M., Newsom, H.E., Payre, V., Rapin, W., Rice, M., Sautter, V., and Treiman, A. (2016). The potassic sedimentary rocks in Gale crater, Mars as seen by ChemCam onboard Curiosity. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets ​121, 784–804, doi:10.1002/2015JE004987.

Mezzacappa, A., Melikechi, M., Cousin, A., Wiens, R.C., Lasue, J., Clegg, S.M., Tokar, R., Bender, S., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Maurice, S., Berger, G., Forni, O., Gasnault, O., Dyar, M.D., Boucher, T., Lewin, E., Fabre, C., and the MSL Science Team (2016). Application of distance correction to ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy measurements​. Spectrochimica Acta Part B​ 120, 1929.

Oyen, D., ​Lanza, N.​, and Porter, R. (2015). Discovering compositional trends in Mars rock targets from ChemCam spectroscopy and remote imaging. In ​IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR-15).

Sautter, V. Toplis, M.J., Wiens, R.C. Cousin, A., Fabre, C. Gasnault, O., Forni, O., Lasue, J., Ollila, A., Bridges, J.C., Mangold, N., Le Mouelic, S., Fisk, M., Meslin, P.-Y., Beck, P., Pinet, P., Le Deit, L., Rapin, W., Stolper, E.M., Newsom, H., Dyar, D., ​Lanza, N.​, Vaniman, D., Clegg, S., and Wray, J.J. (2015). In situ evidence for continental crust on early Mars. ​Nature Geoscience ​8, 605-609.

Forni, O., Gaft, M., Toplis, M.J., Clegg, S.M., Maurice, S., Wiens, R.C., Mangold, N., Gasnault, O., Sautter, V., Le Mouelic, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Nachon, M., McInroy, R.E., Ollila, A.M., Cousin, A., Bridges, J.C., Lanza, N.L.​, and Dyar, M.D. (2015). First detection of fluorine on Mars: Implications for Gale Crater’s geochemistry. ​Geophysical Research Letters ​42 (4), 1020-1028.

Lanza, N.L.​, Ollila, A.M., Cousin, A., Wiens, R.C., Clegg, S., Mangold, N., Bridges, N.T., Cooper, D., Schmidt., M., Berger, J., Arvidson, R., Melikechi, N., Newsom, H.E., Tokar, R., Hardgrove, C., Mezzacappa, A., Jackson, R., Clark, B., Forni, O., Maurice, S., Nachon, M., Anderson, R.B., Blank, J., Deans, M., Delapp, D., Leveille, R., McInroy, R., Martinez, R., Meslin, P.-Y., and Pinet, P. (2015). Understanding the signature of rock coatings in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy data. ​Icarus 2​ 49, 62-73.

Lanza, N.L.​, Fischer, W.W., Grotzinger, J., Wiens, R.C., Anderson, R.B., Ollila, A.M., Cousin, A., Mangold, N., Nachon, M., Clark, B.C., Schmidt, M., Berger, J., Forni, O., Melikechi, N., Newsom, H.E., Le Mouélic, S., Sautter, V., and Maurice, S. (2014). High manganese concentrations in rocks at Gale crater, Mars.

Geophysical Research Letters ​41 (16), 5755-5763. ​[EOS Research Highlight, 18 November 2014] Anderson, R.B., Bridges, J.C., Williams, A., Edgar. L., Ollila, A., Williams, J., Nachon, M., Mangold, N., Schieber, J., Gupta, S., Dromart, G., Wiens, R., Le Mouélic, S., Forni, O., ​Lanza, N.​, Mezzacappa, A., Sautter, V., Fisk, M., Blaney, D., Clark, B., Clegg, S.M., Gasnault, O., Lasue, J., Léveillé, R., Lewin, E., Lewis, K.W., Maurice, S., Newsom, H., Schwenzer, S.P., and Vaniman, D. (2015). ChemCam results from the Shaler outcrop in Gale crater, Mars. ​Icarus 2​ 49, 2-21.

Cousin, A., Meslin, P.-Y., Wiens, R.C., Rapin, W., Mangold, N., Fabre, C., Gasnault, O., Forni, O., Tokar, R., Ollila, A., Schröder, S., Lasue, J., Maurice, S., Sautter, V., Newsom, H., Vaniman, D., Le Mouélic, S., Dyar, D., Berger, G., Blaney, D., Nachon, M., Dromart, G., ​Lanza, N.​, Clark, B., Clegg, S., Goetz, W., Barraclough, B., Delapp, D., and the MSL Science Team (2015). Compositions of coarse and fine particles in martian soils at Gale: A window into the production of soils. ​Icarus ​249, 22-42.

Léveillé, R.J., Bridges, J., Wiens, R.C., Mangold, N., Cousin, A., ​Lanza, N.​, Forni, O., Ollila, A., Grotzinger, J., Clegg, S.M., Siebach, K., Berger, G., Clark, B., Fabre, C., Anderson, R.B., Gasault, O., Blaney, D., Deflores, L., Leshin, L., Maurice, S., and Newsom, H. (2014). Chemistry of fracture-filling raised ridges in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater: Window into past aqueous activity and habitability on Mars. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets ​119, 2398-2415.

Arvidson, R.E., Newsom, H.E., Garvin, J.B., Johnson, J.R., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Mangold, N., Calef, F.J., Bellutta, P., Fraeman, A., Hamilton, V., Vasavada, A.R., Morris, R.V., Ming, D.W., Grant, J., Iagnemma, K., Bridges, N.T., and Edgett, K. (2014). Terrain physical properties derived from orbital data and the first 360 sols of Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover observations in Gale crater. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets ​119, 1322-1344.

Melikechi, N., Mezzacappa, A., Cousin, A., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Lasue, J., Clegg, S.M., Berger, G., Wiens, R.C., Maurice, S., Tokar, R.L., Bender, S., Forni, O., Beves, E.A., Dyar, M.D., Frydenvang, J., Delapp, D., Gasnault, O., Newsom, H., Ollila, A.M., Lewin, E., Clark, B.C., Ehlmann, B.L., Blaney, D., Fabre, C., and the MSL Science Team (2014). Correcting for variable laser-target distances of LIBS measurements with ChemCam using emission lines of Martian dust spectra. ​Spectrochimica Acta B ​96, 51-60.

Bridges, N.T., Calef, F.J., Hallet, B., Herkenhoff, K.E., ​Lanza, N.L.​, LeMouelic, S., Newman, C.E., Blaney, D.L., de Pablo, M.A., Kocurek, G.A., Langevin, Y., Lewis, K.W., Maurice, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Pinet, P., Rice, M.S., Richardson, M.E., Wiens, R.C., and Yingst, R.A. (2014). The rock abrasion record at Gale Crater: Results from Bradbury Landing to Rocknest. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets ​119, 1374- 1389.

Ollila, A.O., Newsom, H.E., Clark, B., Wiens, R.C., Cousin, A., Blank, J.G., Mangold, N., Sautter, V., Maurice, S., Clegg, S.M., Gasnault, O., Forni, O., Tokar, R., Lewin, E., Dyar, M.D., Lasue, J., Anderson, R., McLennan, S.M., Bridges, J., Vaniman, D., ​Lanza, N.​, Fabre, C., Melikechi, N., Perrett, G.M., Campbell, J.L., King, P.L., Barraclough, B., Delapp, D., Johnstone, S., Meslin, P.-Y., Rosen-Gooding, A., Williams, J., and the MSL Science Team (2014). Trace element geochemistry (Li, Ba, Sr, and Rb) using Curiosity’s ChemCam: Early results for Gale crater from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest. ​Journal of Geophysical Research Planets 1​ 19, 1-31.

Wagstaff, K., ​Lanza, N.​, Thompson, D., Dietterich, T., and Gilmore, M. (2013). Guiding scientific discovery with explanations using DEMUD. ​Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-13).​

Meslin, P.-Y., Gasnault, O., Forni, O., Schröder, S., Cousin, A., Berger, G., Clegg, S., Lasue, J., Maurice, S., Sautter, V., Le Mouélic, S., Wiens, R., Fabré, C., Goetz, W., Bish, D., Mangold, N., Ehlmann, B., ​Lanza, N.​, Harri, A.-M., Anderson, R., Rampe, E., McConnochie, T.H., Pinet, P., Blaney, D., Léveillé, R., Archer, D., Barraclough, B., Bender, S., Blake, D., Blank, J. G., Bridges, N., Clark, B. C., DeFlores, L., Delapp, D., Dromart, G., Dyar, M.D., Fisk, M., Gondet, B., Grotzinger, J., Herkenhoff, K., Johnson, J., Lacour, J.-L., Langevin, Y., Leshin, L., Lewin, E., Madsen, M.B., Melikechi, N., Mezzacappa, A., Mischna, M. A., Moores, J.E., Newsom, H., Ollila, A., Perez, R., Renno, N., Sirven, J.-B., Tokar, R., de la Torre, M., d’Uston, L., Vaniman, D., Yingst, A., and the MSL Science Team (2013). Soil diversity and hydration as observed by ChemCam at Gale crater, Mars. ​Science ​341, 1476, full text online

Wiens, R.C., Maurice, S., Lasue, J., Forni, O., Anderson, R.B., Clegg, S., Bender, S., Blaney, D., Barraclough, B.L., Cousin, A., Deflores, L., Delapp, D., Dyar, M.D., Fabré, C., Gasnault, O., ​Lanza, N.​, Mazoyer, J., Melikechi, N., Meslin, P.-Y., Newsom, H., Ollila, A., Perez, R., Tokar, R., and Vaniman, D. (2013). Pre- flight calibration and initial data processing for the ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument for the Mars Science Laboratory rover. ​Spectrochimica Acta B 8​ 2, 1-27.

Wiens, R.C., Maurice, S., Barraclough, B., Saccoccio, M., Barkley, W., Bell, J., Bender, S., Bernardin, J., Blaney, D., Blank, J., Bouyé, M., Bridges, N., Bultman, N., Caïs, P., Clanton, R., Clark, B., Clegg, S., Cousin, A., Cremers, D., Cros, A., DeFlores, L., Delapp, D., Dingler, R., D’Uston, C., Elliott T., Enemark, D., Fabre, C., Flores, M., Forni, O., Gasnault, O., Hale, T., Hays, C., Herkenhoff, K., Holm, R., Kan, E., Kirkland, L., Kouach, D., Landis, D., Langevin, Y., ​Lanza, N.​, LaRocca, F., Lasue, J., Latino, J., Limonadi, D., Lindensmith, C., Little, C., Mangold, N., Manhes, G., Mauchien, P., McKay, C., Miller, E., Mooney, J., Morrison, L., Nelson, T., Newsom, H., Ollila, A., Ott, M., Pares, L., Perez, R., Provost, C., Reiter, J., Roberts, T., Romero, F., Sautter, V., Salazar, S., Simmonds, J., Stiglich, R., Storms, S., Streibig, N., Thocaven, J-J., Trujillo, T., Ulibarri, M., Vaniman, D., Warner, N., Waterbury, R., Whitaker, R., Witt, J., and Wong-Swanson, B. (2012). The ChemCam instrument suite on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover: Body unit and combined system tests. ​Space Science Reviews ​170, 167-227.

Vaniman, D., Dyar, M.D., Wiens, R., Ollila, A., ​Lanza, N.​, Lasue, J., Rhodes, M., Clegg, S., and Newsom, H. (2012). Ceramic ChemCam calibration targets on Mars Science Laboratory. ​Space Science Reviews ​170, 229-255.

Lanza, N.L.​, Clegg, S.M., McInroy, R.E., Wiens, R.C., Newsom, H.E., and Deans, M.D. (2012). Examining natural rock varnish and weathering rinds with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for application to ChemCam on Mars. ​Applied Optics ​51 (7), B74-B82.

Okubo, C.H., Tornabene, L.L., and ​Lanza, N.L. ​(2011). Constraints on mechanisms for the growth of gully alcoves in Gasa crater, Mars, from two-dimensional stability assessments of rock slopes. ​Icarus ​211, 207-221. Lanza, N.L.​, Wiens, R.C., Clegg, S.M., Ollila, A.M., Humphries, S.D., Newsom, H.E., Barefield, J.E., and the ChemCam Team (2010). Calibrating the ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument for carbonate minerals on Mars. ​Applied Optics 4​ 9 (13), C211-C217.

Lanza, N.L.​, Meyer, G.A., Okubo, C.H., Newsom, H.E., and Wiens, R.C. (2010). Evidence for debris flow gully formation initiated by shallow subsurface water on Mars. ​Icarus ​205, 103-112.

Newsom, H.E., ​Lanza, N.L.​, Ollila, A.M., Wiseman, S.M., Roush, T.L., Marzo, G.A., Tornabene, L.L., Okubo, C.H., Osterloo, M.M., Hamilton, V.E., and Crumpler, L.S. (2010). Inverted channel deposits on the floor of Miyamoto crater, Mars. ​Icarus 2​ 05, 64-72.

Marzo, G.A., Roush, T.L., ​Lanza, N.L​., McGuire, P.C., Newsom, H.E., Ollila, A.M., and Wiseman, S.M. (2009). Association of phyllosilicates and the inverted channel in Miyamoto crater, Mars. ​Geophysical Research Letters 3​ 6, L11204, doi:10.1029/2009GL038703.

Wiseman, S.M., Arvidson, R.E., Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Clark, R.N., ​Lanza, N.L., DesMarais, D., Marzo, G.A., Morris, R.V., Murchie, S.L., Newsom, H., Noe Dobrea, E.Z., Ollila, A.M., Poulet, F., Roush, T.L., Seelos, F.P., and Swayze, G.A. (2008). Phyllosilicate-bearing and sulfate-hematite deposits within Miyamoto Crater in southern Sinus Meridiani, Mars. ​Geophysical Research Letters ​35, L19204, doi:10.1029/2008GL035363.

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