Rosaly Lopes

Brazilian geologist

Rosaly M. C. Lopes (born January 8, 1957) in Rio de Janeiro [3] is a geologist and a volcanologist. She is involved in the research of planets. She has authored many scientific papers as well as several books. She also supports education. Her key scientific research areas are Planets and Earth science focusing on volcanoes.[1][4][5][6]

Rosaly Lopes
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Rosaly M. C. Lopes[1]

January 8, 1957 (1957-01-08) (age 64)
Rio de Janeiro
Other namesRosaly M. C. Lopes-Gautier
Alma materUniversity College, University of London
Awards2005 Carl Sagan Medal; 2014 Lowell Thomas award from The Explorers Club[2]
Scientific career
Fieldsgeologist, volcanologist
InstitutionsJet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Selected worksEdit

  • Lopes-Gautier, Rosaly (2000). "Volcanism on Io". In Haraldur Sigurdsson; Bruce Houghton; Hazel Rymer; John Stix; Steve McNutt (eds.). Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. pp. 709–726. ISBN 978-0-12-643140-7.
  • Lopes, Rosaly M.C.; Gregg, Tracy K.P. (2004). Volcanic Worlds: Exploring The Solar System's Volcanoes. Springer / Praxis. p. 236. ISBN 3-540-00431-9.
  • Lopes, Rosaly M.C. (2005). The Volcano Adventure Guide. Cambridge University Press. p. 362. ISBN 0-521-55453-5.
  • Lopes, Rosaly M.C.; Spencer, John R. (2006). Io After Galileo: A New View of Jupiter's Volcanic Moon. Springer / Praxis. p. 342. ISBN 3-540-34681-3.
  • Lopes, Rosaly M.C.; Carroll, Michael (2008). Alien Volcanoes. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-8018-8673-7.
  • Lopes, Rosaly (2011). Volcanoes: A Beginner's Guide. Oneworld Publications. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-8516-8725-1.
  • Lopes, Rosaly M. C.; Fagents, Sarah A; Gregg, Tracy K. P. (2013). Modeling Volcanic Processes: The Physics and Mathematics of Volcanism. Cambridge University Press. p. 431. ISBN 978-0-5218-9543-9.
  • Lopes, Rosaly; Carroll, Michael (2013). Alien Seas: Oceans in Space. Springer. p. 200. ISBN 978-1-4614-7472-2.


Selected documentaries and TV shows of Lopes include:[7]

  • History Channel's "Prehistoric Megastorms" (2008);
  • "Heads Up" Science Series, Knowledge TV, Canada, episode on New Horizons (January 2008);
  • History Channel's "Search for E.T.", in "The Universe" series (August 2007);
  • PBS "Wired Science" interview on volcanoes (October 2007);
  • Discovery Channel's "Titan: Rendezvous with Saturn's Moon" (updated version, May 2007);
  • National Geographic Television's "Naked Science: Deadliest Planets" (December 2006);
  • History Channel's "Ask Mr. Know-It-All", pilot episode (as expert on volcanic dust), 2006;
  • History Channel's "Inside the Volcano" (December 2006);
  • Discovery Channel's "Rewind 2006" (science stories of 2006, December 2006);
  • National Geographic Television's "Hollywood Science: Forces of Nature" (April 2006);
  • Discovery Channel's "Planet Storm" (2001);
  • Discovery Channel's "95 Worlds and Counting" (2001)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lopes, R. M. C.; Guest, J. E.; Wilson, C. J. (1980). "Origin of the Olympus Mons aureole and perimeter scarp". The Moon and the Planets. 22 (2): 221. Bibcode:1980M&P....22..221L. doi:10.1007/BF00898433.
  2. "The 2014 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner". The Explorers Club. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  3. Ross, Michael Elsohn (2014). A world of her own : 24 amazing women explorers and adventurers. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. pp. 13–21. ISBN 9781613744383. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  4. Lopes, Rosaly M. "Rosaly M. C. Lopes (Resumé)" (PDF). Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. Lopes, Rosaly M. "Planetary Science: People / Rosaly Lopes". Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  6. Lopes, Rosaly M. C. "Rosaly M. C. Lopes". International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  7. "Rosaly M. C. Lopes" (PDF). Jet Propulsion Laboratory , California Institute of Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.