Dr. Robert C. Anderson is a senior member of the Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Dr. Anderson attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1979. In 1985, he received a Master of Science from Old Dominion University in geology with an emphasis on structural geology and mapping tectonic features surrounding the Tharsis region of Mars. In 1995, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in geology with an emphasis on visible and near infrared remote sensing. Dr. Anderson worked on the Mars Pathfinder Project as science support for the Mineralogy and Geochemistry Science Operations Group. Dr. Anderson was the Investigation Scientist for the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) and science support for Mission Operations on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. Currently, Dr. Anderson is an Investigation Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Acquisition / Sample Handling (SA/SPaH) subsystem.