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Graziella Caprarelli

Graziella Caprarelli graduated in Geological Sciences Summa cum Laude in 1986, before obtaining her Doctoral degree (PhD) in Earth Sciences from Sapienza University (Rome, Italy) in 1991. She held post-doctoral fellowships at the Geological Survey of Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and NASA Johnson Space Centre. She moved to Australia in 1994, where she has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Geology and Geophysics of the University of Adelaide, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney from 1996 to 2013, and Associate Professor in Space Science at the University of South Australia from 2014 to 2018. Currently she is adjunct Research Professor with the International Research School of Planetary Sciences in Italy, adjunct Professor with the School of Sciences (Centre for Astrophysics) of the University of Southern Queensland, and adjunct Faculty of the International Space University (Strasbourg, France). Graziella Caprarelli has chaired numerous national and international committees, including the NSW and SA Divisions of the Geological Society of Australia, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia (as Inaugural President), the Women in Space Chapter of the National Space Society of Australia, of which she is was President from 2020 to 2022. She has been a member of the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (in which she also served as Deputy Chair), and her service to the professional community include her role as member of the Macelwane Medal committee and Chair of the Hess Medal committee of the American Geophysical Union. Her research spans volcanic and tectonic processes on Earth and Mars, impact cratering of planetary surfaces, and the search for water on Mars. She is member of the radar sounder MARSIS science team. In 2018 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. In 2021 she was named Australian Space Scientist of the Year. She is the current Editor in Chief of the international journal Earth and Space Science, and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.


  • 2015–present
    Adjunct research professor, International Research School of Planetary Sciences (Italy)
  • 2019–present
    Adjunct research fellow, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2014–2018
    Associate professor, University of South Australia
  • 1998–2013
    Senior lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • 1996–1998
    Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney


  • 1991 
    Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), PhD in Earth Sciences
  • 1986 
    Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), MS in Geological Sciences


  • 2020
    Nature Astronomy, Multiple subglacial water bodies below the south pole of Mars unveiled by new MARSIS data
  • 2019
    Planetary and Space Science, Lunar polar water resource exploration – Examination of the lunar cold trap reservoir system model and introduction of play-based exploration (PBE) techniques
  • 2018
    Biophysical Reviews, The present and future of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia (JSPSAAA)
  • 2017
    Journal of Geophysical Research Planets, Radar sounding of Lucus Planum, Mars, by MARSIS
  • 2016
    Journal of Geophysical Research Planets, Insights into complex layered ejecta emplacement and subsurface stratigraphy in Chryse Planitia, Mars, through an analysis of THEMIS brightness temperature data
  • 2016
    Parasitology, Application of GIS technology in public health: successes and challenges
  • 2016
    Remote Sensing of Environment, Spatial partitioning and temporal evolution of Australia's total water storage under extreme hydroclimatic impacts
  • 2015
    Geosciences, Probing the Hidden Geology of Isidis Planitia (Mars) with Impact Craters
  • 2015
    Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Raman, FTIR and XRD study of Icelandic tephra minerals: implications for Mars
  • 2014
    Journal of Public Health Research , Epidemiology and Geographical Distribution of Enteric Protozoan Infections in Sydney, Australia
  • 2014
    Remote Sensing, An Alternative Approach to Mapping Thermophysical Units from Martian Thermal Inertia and Albedo Data Using a Combination of Unsupervised Classification Techniques
  • 2014
    Parasitology, A brief review of spatial analysis concepts and tools used for mapping, containment and risk modelling of infectious diseases and other illnesses
  • 2014
    Icarus, Introducing and discussing a novel diagrammatic representation of impact crater dimensions
  • 2012
    Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Wet Mars implications of revised scaling calculations for Evros Vallis
  • 2009
    Icarus, Volcanic and structural history of the rocks exposed at Pickering Crater (Daedalia Planum, Mars)
  • 2007
    Icarus, A description of surface features in north Tyrrhena Terra, Mars: Evidence for extension and lava flooding
  • 2005
    Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Mars perspectives from Australian landscapes
  • 2005
    Terra Nova, A clinopyroxene–basalt geothermobarometry perspective of Columbia Plateau (NW‐USA) Miocene magmatism
  • 2004
    Mineralogy and Petrology, Physical evolution of Grande Ronde Basalt magmas, Columbia River Basalt Group, north-western USA
  • 2003
    Environmental Geology, Historical pollution variability from abandoned mine sites, Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2003
    Mineralogical Magazine, Blueschist and eclogite in tectonic melange, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2002
    Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, MORB‐like rocks in a Palaeozoic convergent margin setting, northeast New South Wales
  • 2001
    Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Geochemical evidence from Lower Permian volcanic rocks of northeast New South Wales for asthenospheric upwelling following slab breakoff
  • 1998
    Lithos, Magmatic changes during the stabilisation of a cordilleran fold belt: the Late Carboniferous–Triassic igneous history of eastern New South Wales, Australia
  • 1997
    Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Chemical and isotopic signatures of the basement rocks from the Campi Flegrei geothermal field (Naples, southern Italy): inferences about the origin and evolution of its hydrothermal fluids
  • 1993
    Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Preliminary Sr and Nd isotopic data for recent lavas from Vesuvius volcano

Professional Memberships

  • PAST: National Committee for Space and Radio Science
  • PAST: Geological Society of Australia
  • CURRENT: American Geophysical Union
  • CURRENT: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia
  • CURRENT: Women in Space Chapter of the National Space Society of Australia
  • CURRENT: Australian Institute of Geoscientists (Fellow)

Research Areas

  • Planetary Science (Excl. Extraterrestrial Geology) (020108)
  • Astrobiology (020101)
  • Igneous And Metamorphic Petrology (040304)
  • Extraterrestrial Geology (040302)