Amy Barr

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Amy Barr
OccupationPlanetary geophysicist
EmployerPlanetary Science Institute

Amy Barr Mlinar is an American planetary geophysicist known for her studies of icy body formation. She is a member of the National Academies Standing Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science and a co-investigator on NASA's Europa Imaging System and REASON instruments.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Amy Barr in Palo Alto, California, she attended Caltech for her undergraduate degree, earning a bachelor's degree in planetary science in 2000. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a master's degree in 2002 and her doctorate in 2004.[1][2]

Career and research[edit]

She began her research career as a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University St. Louis in 2005, then moved to the Southwest Research Institute in 2006, where she remained until 2011. She then accepted an appointment at Brown University and subsequently moved to the Planetary Science Institute in 2015, where she is a senior scientist as of 2016. Her research focuses on the formation of Callisto, seismic activity on Enceladus, and the Late Heavy Bombardment.[1][2]


  • Barr, Amy C.; Canup, Robin M. (24 January 2010). "Origin of the Ganymede–Callisto dichotomy by impacts during the late heavy bombardment". Nature Geoscience. Bibcode:2010NatGe...3..164B. doi:10.1038/ngeo746.
  • Barr, Amy C.; McKinnon, William B. (27 February 2007). "Convection in ice I shells and mantles with self-consistent grain size". Journal of Geophysical Research. 112 (E2). Bibcode:2007JGRE..112.2012B. doi:10.1029/2006JE002781.
  • Pappalardo, Robert T.; Barr Mlinar, Amy (2004). "The origin of domes on Europa: The role of thermally induced compositional diapirism". Geophysical Research Letters. 31 (1). Bibcode:2004GeoRL..31.1701P. doi:10.1029/2003GL019202.


  1. ^ a b c "Dr. Amy C. Barr Mlinar | Planetary Science Institute". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  2. ^ a b c "Amy Barr | News from Brown". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  3. ^ "Planetary Science Institute Researchers to Study Jupiter's Moon Europa | Planetary Science Institute". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  4. ^ Than, Ker. "Does Icy Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? New Horizons Offers New Clues". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2016-06-16.

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