Biographies of the Women In Science & Engineering Symposium Hosts, Keynotes and Speakers
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Plant Scientist & NASA Project Scientist, Kennedy Space Center
Dr. Gioia Massa works on food crop production for the International Space Station and future space exploration endeavors. She led the science team for the initial Veggie hardware validation on the space station. Currently she heads an interdisciplinary group to study fertilizer and light impacts on yield, nutrition, flavor, and food safety of Veggie-grown crops, and to assess crew behavioral health benefits from space crop growth. In addition to Veggie, she helps with science needs for other space station hardware and works with external investigators to help their science...
Assistant Professor, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences
Dr. Daly-Engel’s research combines genomics with marine ecology to study the evolution of mating strategies in animals that invest heavily in reproduction, especially sharks and rays. She is interested in how reproductive behaviors, particularly from a female fitness perspective, interact with the environment to influence species, populations, and genomes. Her PhD work at the University of Hawaii explored the ecological and genetic effects of female promiscuity in sharks, a subject she expanded on using an insect model as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. As an...