Welcome to the Autumn 2022 Astrobiology Colloquium Series! Location PAA 118 at 3:00pm.

UWAB hosts a biannual colloquium series every spring and fall, featuring speakers from both UW and other institutions presenting on a wide range of astrobiology related topics. Here, you can find the schedule for upcoming colloquia and seminars, as well as an archive of abstracts and live recordings of past events.  

If you would like to be notified about upcoming events, you can request to be added to our events mailing list.

We are planning for in-person presentations, meetings, and receptions held on campus. **Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will simultaneously live stream the presentations via Zoom and (when permitted by the speaker) record and post to our YouTube channel**

Date Speaker Title of Talk
10/11/2022UW Astronomy
James Davenport Faculty Presentation & Kaitlin Rasmussen Post-Doc Presentation
"Stellar Magnet Activity with Kepler & TESS" & "Stepping Stones on a Rocky Road: Status on Spectroscopic Characterization of Terrestrial Planets”
10/18/2022Marjorie Cantine
Goethe University, Frankfurt
"Building a reliable record of animals’ first homes ”
10/25/2022Megan Mansfield
University of Arizona
"Finding Atmospheres on M Dwarf Terrestrial Planets with JWST"
11/01/2022Astrobiology Research Rotations:
Rodolfo Garcia-Astronomy & Dominic Sivitilli-Psychology
"Rhythm, Melody, and TEMPO: Looking for tropospheric pollutants from space" &"Octopus-inspired soft robotics for planetary exploration"
11/08/2022Sarah Maurer
Central Connecticut State University
"Amino acid decyl esters as membrane forming amphiphiles for abiogenesis"
11/15/2022Rory Barnes
UW Astronomy & Nick Wogan Research Rotation
"Computational Habitability" &"Detecting exo-Earth candidates with next generation direct imaging space telescopes"
11/22/2022UW ESS
Josh Krissansen-Totten Faculty presentation
"Anticipating biosignatures false positives in the 2020s"
11/29/2022Ben Pearce
John Hopkins University
"Exogenous delivery versus in situ routes for the origin of RNA building blocks"

Live Streaming Presentations:

Beginning in Spring 2020 we have resumed live streaming of the UW Astrobiology Colloquium presentations! To access the live stream each week use this link:


To prevent abuse, all presentations will require a password to join the zoom meeting. Please email astrobio@uw.edu to request access.

Please be aware that the talks in our colloquium series are scientific presentations geared towards the Astrobiology Community. Members of public are welcome to join us, but we will not ask our speakers to go out of their way to make their presentations accessible, or easy to understand, to the non-scientific community.

Archived Presentations:

Missed a video in the last seminar series? See our archive for abstracts and video recordings of past talks from 2003 – 2018, and our YouTube channel for all recorded presentations since then!