Students and faculty at Yellowstone National Park on the Fall 2015 UWAB workshop.
Graduate student Elena Amador at the NASA Nordic Astrobiology Summer School in Iceland
Graduate Student Giada Arney at Shark Bay in Western Australia. Shark Bay is home to living stromatolites, photosynthetic microbial mats that exist in the fossil record as early as 3.5 billion years ago.
Graduate student Brett Morris at Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring, studying the microbes that lend the spring its bright colors.

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Russell Deitrick earns his PhD!

Russell Deitrick (Astronomy/AB) successfully defended his dissertation on December 7th. His presentation was titled "Orbital Dynamics and Habitability of Exoplanets." Following graduation, Russell will be working with VPL locally at UW before moving to Switzerland for his postdoc. Congratulations, Russell!!


Paul Kintner successfully passes his general exam

On August 15, Paul Kintner (ESS/AB) had his MS defense at 10 am in Johnson Hall 011. His presentation was titled "New Estimates of Ice and Oxygen Fluxes Across the Entire Lid of Lake Vostok from Observations of Englacial Radiowave." He graduates with a M.S. in Earth and Space Sciences and the Certificate in Astrobiology. Congrats, Paul!


Rodrigo Luger earns his PhD!

On August 11, Rodrigo Luger successfully defended his dissertation to earn his Astronomy and Astrobiology Dual-Title PhD. He discussed his work on understanding the evolution of potentially habitable planets around low mass stars and methods to detect and characterize these planets around nearby stars with current and future instrumentation. Many congratulations!  


Congratulations to Diana Windemuth for passing her general exam!

Astronomy/AB Dual-Title PhD student Diana Windemuth successfully passed her general exam titled "Detection and Characterization of Circumbinary Planets" on August 4, 2017. Congratulations!


Lupita Tovar featured in UW A&S newsletter!

Guadalupe (Lupita) Tovar was featured in the latest University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences' newsletter. Congrats! MORE>


Please welcome our newest AB program students!

Please join us in congratulating Guadalupe Tovar, Dominic Sivitilli, and Zachary Cohen for being admitted to the University of Washington's Astrobiology program. Guadalupe will pursue a Dual-Title PhD in Astronomy and Astrobiology, and Dominic (Psychology) and Zachary (Chemistry) will be pursuing the Certificate. 


Sholes publishes paper on anoxic atmospheres

AB graduate student Steven Sholes is the lead author of a paper that uses a one-dimensional photochemical model to consider whether plausible volcanic gas fluxes could have switched the redox-state of the past martian atmosphere to reducing conditions. Other authors include UWAB alumni Meg Smith and Mark Claire and AB Faculty Professor Catling.  MORE>


Michael Diamond and Andrew Lincowski win NASA graduate fellowships



Congratulations to Brett Morris for passing his general exam!

Brett Morris presented his work "Physics of the Solar Dynamo and the Solar Cycle" on June 5, 2017, and successfully became a PhD Candidate. Congrats!


Re-watch Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escude's public lecture

If you missed our annual AB public lecture, do not fret!  MORE>


Ty Robinson accepts Assistant Professorship at NAU!

Dr. Tyler Robinson has been offered the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. He will be building a research group in exoplanets, planetary atmospheres, and astrobiology and will be working with both undergraduate and graduate students at NAU. Additionally, Dr. Robinson will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in atmospheric physics, exoplanets, and astrobiology.  


Congrats to Osa Igbinosun for passing her general!

Osa has officially moved Doctoral Candidate after successfully passing her general exam on April 20. She gave a presentation on her work, "ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization) Strategies: Characterization of Mars analog soils with high frequency microwave radiation to invetigate subsurface water extraction applications."