Geobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and Principal Investigator BASALT research project

Guest Bio

Darlene conducts scientific field research in remote and extreme environments around the world, simulating Mars mission conditions to identify best practices for human scientific exploration on Mars. As the Principal Investigator of NASA’s BASALT research project (, which is spearheading the development of operational concepts and support capabilities for the human scientific exploration of Mars. She will discuss the operational challenges and how this research is addressing these unknowns and identifying mission concepts, capabilities and technologies that will enable humans to explore Mars. Darlene has spent nearly 20 years leading field research programs around the world.

Darlene will join a panel about NASA in Silicon Valley's Role in the Journey to Mars discussing human factors simulations, entry systems, astrobiology, advanced computing and more.