Mario De Pra

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Assistant Scientist

Florida Space Institute

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Mario De Pra is a postdoctoral fellow at the Florida Space Institute, under the supervision of Dr. Noemi Pinilla-Alonso. He is part of UCF’s Preeminent Postdoctoral Program. Mario’s research interest lies in characterizing minor body populations to help understand how planetary systems formed and evolved. In particular, the mapping of water ice and phyllosilicates across these populations can provide useful information about the thermal and dynamical history of the Solar System and how Earth’s oceans could have formed. Additionally, Mario’s work is integral to the preparation of the James Webb Space Telescope and for upcoming missions.