Elena Amador

Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2017), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


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Rika Anderson

Assistant Professor (Biology), Carleton College
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2013), Oceanography & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments
Education & Outreach


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John Armstrong

Associate Professor (Physics), Weber State University
Ph.D. (2003), Astronomy & Astrobiology Certificate

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


My primary research focus is working with the Virtual Planetary Laboratory to help characterize the properties of planets around other stars. In…

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Giada Arney

Research Scientist, Planetary Studies, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2016), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


I am a research space scientist at NASA Goddard. I focus on astrobiology, exoplanets, organic hazes, Venus, and planetary habitability.…

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Loren Ballanti

Freelance Marine Biologist, Boise, ID
Ph.D. (2011), Biology & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Jonathan Bapst

Post Doctoral Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


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Nichole Barry

Post Doctoral Scholar, Physics, University of Melbourne
Ph.D. (2018), Physics & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Jeff Bowman

Assistant Professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Integrative Oceanography Division, University of California, San Diego
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2014), Oceanography & Astrobiology

Life in Extreme Environments


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William Brazelton

Assistant Professor (Biology), University of Utah
Ph.D. (2010), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


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Aaron Brewer

Zuckerman STEM Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences and Astrobiology

Regina Carns

Data Scientist, Airbnb
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2015), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments
Education & Outreach


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Michele Cash

Physical Scientist, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
Ph.D. (2012), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Space Exploration


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Mark Claire

Reader, University of St. Andrews, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. (2008), Astronomy & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Wolf Clifton

Executive Director, Animal People, Inc
M.A. (2015), Museology/Museum Studies & Astrobiology Certificate

Education & Outreach


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Jesse Colangelo–Lillis

Research Associate, Center for Deep Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences
Ph.D. McGill University, M.S. (2012), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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R. Eric Collins

Assistant Professor (Biological Oceanography), University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Ph.D. (2009), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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Kyle Costa

Assistant Professor (Plant and Microbial Biology), University of Minessota
Ph.D. (2013), Microbiology & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Nicolas Cowan

Associate Professor (Physics and Earth & Planetary Sciences) & Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Planetary Climate, McGill University, Canada
Ph.D. (2009), Astronomy & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I study the atmospheres of extrasolar planets (planets orbiting stars other than the Sun) using space telescopes and novel remote…

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Mackenzie Day

Assistant Professor (Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences), University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2017-2019), Earth & Space Sciences

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


An arid-climate geomorphologist, Mackenzie studies dune field and landscape evolution on Earth, Mars, and other planetary bodies.

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Russell Deitrick

Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Space and Habitability, Universität Bern
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2017), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Michael Diamond

Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder/NOAA

Life in Extreme Environments
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


I am a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences studying cloud-aerosol interactions and their implications for planetary climates.…

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Jeremy Dodsworth

Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
Ph.D. (2006), Microbiology & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Clara Fuchsman

Assistant Professor, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland
Ph.D. (2010), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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Aaron Goldman

Associate Professor (Biology), Oberlin College
Ph.D. (2010), Microbiology & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Erik Goosmann

Data Extraction Analyst, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
M.S. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Erik studies the atmospheric conditions of the early Earth using geological proxies.

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Jelte Harnmeijer

Development Director, Connected Energy - Last Mile ICT
Ph.D. (2010), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Chloe Hart

Science Laboratory Manager / Adjunct Faculty, Urbana University
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Life in Extreme Environments


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Kelly Hillbun

Project Manager and Geologist, Directed Technologies Drilling
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2015), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Julie Huber

Associate Scientist with Tenure (Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Ph.D. (2004) , Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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Osazonamen Igbinosun

Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2019), Aeronautics and Astronautics & Astrobiology

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Space Exploration


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Nathan Kaib

Assistant Professor (Physics & Astronomy), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. (2010), Astronomy & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Paul Kintner

Mechanical Engineer, Catscapes
M.S. (2017), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Michael Kipp

Agouron Institute Geobiology Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2019), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Matthew Koehler

Research Fellow, Global Viral, Laboratory for Research in Complex Systems, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Joshua Krissansen–Totton

Sagan Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2019), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Owen Lehmer

Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2020), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


My research focus is on modeling the formation, evolution, and detection of habitable planets in an effort to find and…

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Andrew Lincowski

Research Associate, University of Washington
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2020), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Biography Andrew is a graduate student working with Professor Meadows on the habitability of exoplanets through the study of atmospheres…

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Rodrigo Luger

Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2016), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Jacob Lustig-Yaeger

Postdoctoral Researcher, Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Lab
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2020), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I’m interested in finding and characterizing habitable extrasolar planets. Currently, I’m developing an atmospheric retrieval code to analyze the spectra…

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Amit Misra

Senior Data Scientist, Microsoft
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2014), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Brett M. Morris

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Bern
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2019), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


My research interests sit at the intersection of characterizing exoplanets and their host stars. I work with ground and space-based…

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Randall Perry

Chair, Founder, and CEO, Space Science & Engineering Foundation
Ph.D. (2004), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Nicolas Pinel

Professor (Biological Sciences), Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Ph.D. (2009), Microbiology & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Tyler Robinson

Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2012), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Jaci Saunders

NPP Fellow, MIT & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2016), Oceanography & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


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Matt Schrenk

Assistant Professor (Earth & Environmental Sciences, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), Michigan State University
Ph.D. (2005), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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Eddie Schwieterman

Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2016), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


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Aomawa Shields

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor (Physics and Astronomy), University of California, Irvine
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2014), Astronomy & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


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Steven F. Sholes

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Education & Outreach


My primary work involves investigating Mars’ surface geology and atmospheric evolution to understand both past and present habitability.

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Max Showalter

Research Associate, Oceanography
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2020), Oceanography & Astrobiology

Life in Extreme Environments


I’m a graduate student at the University of Washington in Oceanography and Astrobiology. My interests focus on bacteria and bacteriophage…

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Anna Simpson

Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Georgia Institute of Technology
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Environmental and Forestry Sciences & Astrobiology

Life in Extreme Environments


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David J. Smith

Deputy Branch Chief, Space Biosciences, NASA Ames Research Center
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2012), Biology & Astrobiology

Life in Extreme Environments
Space Exploration


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Meg Smith

Technical Staff, The Aerospace Corporation
M.S. (2015), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Education & Outreach


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Darci Snowden

Assistant Professor (Physics), Central Washington University
Ph.D. (2010), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Space Exploration


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Sanjoy Som

Co-Founder & Director, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
Ph.D. (2010), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Sanjoy was featured in a Meet an Astrobiologist interview with Astrobiology India which you can read here: https://astrobiology.guru/dr-sanjoy-som/

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Eva Stueeken

Lecturer (School of Earth & Environmental Sciences), University of St. Andrews, UK
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2014), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


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Matt Tilley

Research Scientist (Astronomy), University of Washington
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2018), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Space Exploration
Education & Outreach


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Thomas Tobin

Assistant Professor (Geological Sciences), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Dual-Title Ph.D. (2014), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


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Steve Vance

Acting Group Supervisor, Planetary Chemistry and Astrobiology Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ph.D. (2007), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


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Llyd Wells

Tutor, St. John's College
Ph.D. (2006), Oceanography & Astrobiology Certificate

Life in Extreme Environments


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Ken Williford

Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020; Director, Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory (ABCLab), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ph.D. (2007), Earth and Space Sciences & Astrobiology Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Space Exploration


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Diana Windemuth

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


My current research interests are in exoplanet formation and characterization. In particular, I am interested in characterizing circumbinary planets (CBPs)…

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