Dina Bower, Research Scientist, University of Maryland

Dr. Dina Bower is an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in marine chemistry and mineralogy. She has focused much of her career on geochemistry and life detection in the context of reconstructing early life on Earth. Dr. Bower has several years of experience utilizing Raman spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging for in situ field measurements and high-resolution laboratory applications. Her expertise is complemented with the use of other analytic approaches to characterize a wide variety of bio-geologic materials, including microscopy-optical petrography, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), electron probe microanalysis, cathodoluminescence, and reflectance spectroscopy. Dr. Bower applies her knowledge of biogeochemical science requirements and hands on expedition experience to the development of spectroscopic instruments and hybridized systems for field work and planetary missions.