Kunmanee Bubphamanee

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Geology major and Astronomy minor. For my past experience, I…

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Yuk Chun Chan

Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences
Graduate Certificate

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


Yuk Chun is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and is working with Professor Becky Alexander…

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Zachary Cohen

Graduate Student, Chemistry
Graduate Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


I’m interested in the role of primitive membranes during the origin of life on Earth.  My research focuses on the…

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Zac Cooper

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


I studied Biology at the University of Georgia where I gained research experience in the genetic engineering of hyperthermophilic archaea…

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Miles Currie

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I am a graduate student in astronomy and astrobiology working with Vikki Meadows. My research interests include using high-resolution spectroscopy…

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Hannah Dawson

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a degree in biology and astronomy. Since then I’ve worked…

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Hector Delgado-Diaz

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Hector Received his BS in Natural Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Cayeyand his MS in Physics from California…

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Gabrielle Engelmann-Suissa

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I am a graduate student in the Astronomy department who will be working with Professor Vikki Meadows. I grew up…

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Lucas Fifer

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences Student Representative to UWAB Steering Committee
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments
Habitability & Life in the Solar System: Icy Moons


Lucas’ current research focuses on Enceladus, the geochemical processes of its icy plumes, and the habitability of its subsurface ocean (with Prof. David Catling). He is also interested in planetary surfaces in general and effective science communication (especially w/ visual media).

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Rudy Garcia

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Rodolfo is a graduate student in Astronomy who works with Rory Barnes and Vikki Meadows on understanding the evolution of…

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Samantha Gilbert

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Samantha is currently working with Dr. Victoria Meadows to model exoplanet atmospheres and predict biosignature detectability with future instruments.

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Tyler Gordon

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


My research is focused on advancing methods for detecting exoplanets and developing a better understanding of the stars that they orbit.

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Ping-Chun Lin

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Ping-Chun is currently working with Prof. David Catling on early Earth environment models.

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Jana Meixnerova

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Jana Meixnerova’s research interests include the origins of life, co-evolution of life and surface environments on the early Earth, isotope…

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Audryana Nay

Graduate Student, School of Environmental & Forest Sciences
Graduate Certificate

Space Exploration


Audryana is a Master’s student at the University of Washington in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her research…

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Lauren O’Neil

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


Lauren O’Neil’s research interests include Mars, spectroscopy, and astrobiology.

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Susan Rundell

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


Susan completed her undergraduate work at Yale University where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While there she worked…

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Joshua Sacks

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


I am a first-year graduate student studying Chemical Oceanography and Astrobiology in Dr. Anitra Ingalls’ marine microbial metabolomics lab. I…

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Greta Shum

Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences
Graduate Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


I’m Greta, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. I study the Earth’s climate system and specifically…

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Andrew Shumway

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


Andrew originates from Atlanta, GA, and graduated from the Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Physics this past May While…

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Kimberly Sinclair

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

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


Kimberly graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in astronomy, physics, and philosophy in 2017. She then worked as…

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Dominic Sivitilli

Graduate Student, Psychology
Graduate Certificate

Alternate Models of Intelligence


Dominic Sivitilli is a PhD student in behavioral neuroscience and astrobiology at the University of Washington. He leads a team in the Laboratory of Comparative Systems Neuroscience investigating cognition and neural basis of behavior in the octopus as an alternative model for intelligence. Sivitilli’s focus is on how the octopus integrates the vast amount of sensory and motor information within its arms.

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Hayden Smotherman

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


My research interests lie in exoplanetary habitability and Outer Solar System object detection. For exoplanets, I study the impact of…

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Marshall Styczinski

Graduate Student, Physics
Graduate Certificate

Space Exploration


Marshall studies Europa’s interior structure by carefully analyzing its magnetic interactions with Jupiter. He uses detailed plasma simulations to connect…

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Trent Thomas

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

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


Trent graduated with a B.S. in Astrophysics from UCLA in 2020. Since 2018 he has worked at the Jet Propulsion…

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Guadalupe Tovar

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


Guadalupe is a graduate student working with Jim Davenport doing research at the intersection of stellar variability and its application…

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Thea Weiss

Graduate Student, Psychology
Graduate Certificate

Space Exploration


Thea is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, with an emphasis on human development. She conducts research…

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Nick Wogan

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Space Exploration


Nick is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he majored in Physics His past research has focused on…

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Addien Wray

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

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


Addien graduated with majors in marine science and integrative biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2014. His…

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Peter Wynn

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Pete is from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the University of Southern California (2018) with a BA in Earth…

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