Dr. Julie A. Robinson is the Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) at Johnson Space Center. She serves as the chief scientist for the ISS Program, representing all ISS research and all scientific disciplines both inside and outside of the agency. She provides recommendations regarding research on the ISS to the ISS Program Manager and the Space Operations and Exploration Systems Mission Directorates at NASA Headquarters. She chairs the ISS Program Science Forum, made up of the senior ISS scientists for each of the primary space agencies comprising the space station international partnership and represents NASA at the multinational agency ISS User Operations Panel.
Dr. Robinson has an interdisciplinary background in the physical and biological sciences. Her professional experience has included research activities in a variety of fields, including virology, analytical chemistry, genetics, statistics, field biology, and remote sensing. She has authored over 50 scientific publications.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utah State University in 1989. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada Reno in 1996.
She began her career at NASA Johnson Space Center (working for Lockheed Martin), in the Image Science Laboratory. She collaborated with ecologists and conservation biologists in incorporating remote sensing data into their projects and led the initial development of the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth on the World Wide Web (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov ), which distributes hundreds of thousands of images of Earth taken from orbit to scientists and the public each month. In 2004, she led a major NASA-sponsored scientific project to facilitate a distribution network for global maps of coral reefs based on NASA data and projects. She was an editor of the book: Dynamic Earth Environments: Remote Sensing Observations from Shuttle-Mir Missions (Wiley 2000), her textbook on Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation Biology is forthcoming in 2009.
She joined NASA as a civil servant in the Office of the ISS Program Scientist in 2004, leading the development of a system for tracking International Space Station research and results, and providing the information to the public via the NASA Web Portal (http://www.nasa.gov ). She has held positions of increasing responsibility in the ISS program, and was named Deputy ISS Program Scientist in 2006, and ISS Program Scientist in 2007.