APPLICATIONS IN COMPARATIVE PLANETOLOGY: ADVANCED ANALYTICS AND VISUALIZATION OF MINERAL SYSTEMS (Invited Presentation)
These studies, driven by advanced analytical and visualization techniques such as mineral ecology [4-5], network analysis , and affinity analysis, allow us to begin tackling big questions in Earth, planetary, and biosciences. These analytical approaches facilitate integration across disciplines and allow us to explore ideas that one field alone cannot fully characterize, such as how the geochemical makeup of our planet affected the emergence and evolution of life, and, likewise, how life influenced the chemical composition and geological processes throughout Earth history. Given that the spatial and temporal distribution of minerals on Earth was heavily influenced by life, we can also explore the possibility that Earth’s mineral diversity and distribution is a biosignature that can be used for future planetary evaluation and exploration.
 Hazen et al. (2008) Am. Mineral. 93, 1693-1720
 Liu et al. (2017) Nat. Comm., 8:1950
 Krivovichev et al. (2013) Min. Mag. 77(3), 275-326.
 Hazen et al. (2015) Can. Min. 53(2):295-324
 Hystad et al. (2018) Bayesian estimation of Earth’s undiscovered mineralogical diversity, Mathematical Geosciences (Submitted)
 Morrison et al. (2017) Am. Mineral., 102, 1588-1596