Neyda Abreu

Biography

My undergraduate degrees are in Physics and Astronomy. My Master and Doctoral degrees are in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Basically, I am a Mineralogist and Geochemist who loves Math and Chemistry. My research work spans the breadth of the Solar System. You may wonder how that relates to Sustainability... Space is where the future of resource exploration lies and where we have the very real choice of extending either our best or our worst resource stewardship practices. Some of my colleagues call Lunar 3He "the Persian Gulf" of the 21st century. I am actively involved in making sure this is not so. There is also a very active conversation on mineral extraction from Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), much of which is happening in the private sector, away from international treaties and any kind of environmental regulation.

Course Spotlight

From Advanced Python Programming for GIS (GEOG 489), learn advanced applications of Python for developing and customizing GIS software, designing user interfaces, solving complex geoprocessing tasks, and leveraging open source.Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Richard Alley

Dr. Richard Alley has been with us since the beginning, with one of our first OPEN courses - Geology of the National Parks. See what he has to say about the OPEN.ED effort over ten years later.