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Ask An Astrobiologist is in interactive talk show sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program, SAGANet.org, and the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Each episode, our hosts, Dr. Sanjoy Som and Dr. Graham Lau (Blue Marble Space Institute for Science), interview one of the best and brightest scientists from the field of astrobiology, as well as fielding YOUR questions from Twitter, Facebook, and the SAGANet.org chat room. Tweet @saganorg with #AskAstrobio to get your burning questions ab ...
 
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Our guest is Dr. Geoff Wheat, professor of geological oceanography at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks! Dr. Wheat studies processes that influence the cycles of elements in the oceans, following the transport of materials through the oceanic crust in a variety of settings, including hydrothermal systems. Geoff has also participated in 79 ocean e…
 
Our guest is Prof. Abel Méndez, a planetary astrobiologist and Director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo! His research focuses on the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and extrasolar planets. Prof. Méndez is best known for developing the Earth Similarity Index, the Visible Paleo-Earth Proje…
 
Our guest is Dr. Alfonso Davila, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center! His research focuses on the biological and biosignature potential of terrestrial environments considered to be analogous to extraterrestrial environments, and using that knowledge to develop strategies to search for evidence of life beyond Earth. His current research i…
 
Our guest is Dr. Heather Graham, organic geochemist and research associate from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Graham's research focuses on the scientific development of tools and techniques that can help us identify “agnostic biosignatures” – evidence of living systems that may not share common biochemistry with life on Earth. Dr. Graha…
 
Please join us for a special panel episode all about the OSIRIS-REx mission, which just left asteroid Bennu with asteroidal material on its way back to Earth! This episode's guests are all collaborators on the OSIRIS-REx mission: Drs. Eve Berger, Jason Dworkin, and Scott Sandford.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus t…
 
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Jen Blank, an astrobiologist at the NASA Ames Research Center and a Research Scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Jen has been a member of the Mars Curiosity science team and studies Mars analog environments on Earth, focusing on the potential of water-rock interactions to support microbial life…
 
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a planetary geologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory! She serves as a project staff scientist and the project science communications lead for the Europa Clipper mission, as well as the deputy project scientist for the Europa Lander mission concept.Check out our website for the full transcript…
 
This is a special Mars 2020 panel episode featuring Dr. Kennda Lynch, Dr. Frances Rivera-Hernandez, and Dr. Svetlana Shkolyar! The Perseverance rover is on schedule to arrive on Mars on February 18th, and we'll be discussing all the incredible science and exploration to come.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the fu…
 
Our guest is Dr. Melissa Trainer, a Deputy Principal Investigator (PI) for the Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon Titan, and lead for the Dragonfly Mass Spectrometer (DraMS), an instrument supporting the Dragonfly investigation of Titan's surface composition and characterization of potential prebiotic chemistry! She has spent more than a decade cha…
 
This is a special panel episode featuring previous attendees and organizers of the Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), including Drs. Sandra Siljeström, Lena Noack, Marc Neveu, and Vlada Stamenkovic. We’ll discuss the impacts of conferences like AbGradCon and AbGradE for early career researchers, as well as how these experiences have impa…
 
Our guest is Dr. Ravi Kopparapu, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, whose research interests include extrasolar planet habitability, atmospheric modeling, technosignatures, and more!Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube version of this episode: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/a…
 
Our guest is Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra, a research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science! Jacob studies planetary habitability, atmospheric dynamics, environmental ethics, extraterrestrial life, and space settlement. Jacob is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the International Astronomical Union. He serves on the METI Inte…
 
Our guest is Dr. Eddie Schwieterman, an astrobiologist and astronomer interested in studying planetary habitability and remote biosignatures to uncover the distribution of life in the Universe. Eddie received his undergraduate degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology in Physics and Astrophysics and his PhD in Astronomy and Astrobiology from…
 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Kevin Peter Hand, the Director of NASA JPL’s Ocean Worlds Lab! He's also a pre-Project Scientist for development of a Europa Lander/Ocean Worlds Lander mission concept. His research in the realm of astrobiology involves both numerical modeling and experiments in the physics and chemistry of the icy moons in our sola…
 
Our guest is Dr. Betül Kaçar, an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. She and her team explore the molecular mechanisms of evolution, the origin(s) of life, and the distributions of life in the cosmos. Dr. Kaçar uses a paleophenotyping method to resurrect ancient genes within modern organisms. Outside of her incredible career in resear…
 
Our guest is Dr. Colin Goldblatt, an Associate Professor of Earth System Evolution at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His research has focused on the atmospheric evolution of Earth and Earth-like planets elsewhere; bringing together atmospheric and climate science, geology, and geochemistry.Ch…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Hiroyuki Kurokawa, a research scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo, Japan, who studies the formation and evolution of planets. Dr. Kurokawa received his PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, as well as studying at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. Hiro is currently worki…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Daniel Angerhausen, an astrophysicist and astrobiologist at the Center for Space and Habitability at Bern University! A former NASA postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Angerhausen is also the founder and CEO of the science and tech communication start-up 'The Explainables'. On his search for planets around other stars, Daniel has flo…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Susan Schneider, the current Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation. Dr. Schneider is an Associate Professor of philosophy and cognitive science, as well as the director of the AI, Mind and Society Group, at the University of Connecticut. Her new book “Arti…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Aaron Gronstal, a graphic artist and communications specialist for the NASA Astrobiology Program. Aaron began working for NASA as a geomicrobiologist and is now engaging in science communication for astrobiology as a writer and graphic artist. He is most widely known for creating the Astrobiology graphic novel history seri…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Laurie Barge, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, and the Oak Crest Institute of Science. She studies topics like self-organizing chemical systems, the emergence of life on early Earth, hydrothermal vents and mineral-organic chemistry, and the habitability o…
 
Join us as we welcome, Dr. Bruce Damer, a multi-disciplinary scientist, researcher, and public speaker! Dr. Damer has worked on developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth, and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He has given numerous talks o…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, an astronomer based at the Adler Planetarium. Dr. Walkowicz has done research in stellar magnetic activity and its impact on planetary suitability for extraterrestrial life. Lucianne has also spoken about the importance of inclusivity in space exploration and the importance of language in how we develop…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Yasuhito Sekine from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Sekine studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the potential of life on other planets and satellite bodies in the solar system.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full You…
 
Join us as we welcome Dr. Gordon "Oz" Osinski. Dr. Osinski is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Western University, and the Director of the Center for Planetary Science and Exploration!Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube version of this episode: https://astrobiology.nas…
 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Jason Wright of Penn State University! Dr. Wright is an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics and a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State. His research includes the study of stellar atmospheres, exoplanets, and SETI.Check out our website for the full transcript of this po…
 
Join us as we welcome, Dr. Sarah Rugheimer from Oxford University! Dr. Rugheimer is a Glasstone Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University and a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College. Her research includes modeling the atmospheres and climates of extrasolar planets with a particular focus on atmospheric biosignatures in Earth-like planets, as w…
 
Please join us as we welcome, Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute! Dr. Tarter is an astronomer best-known for her work in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, her work in communicating the science of astrobiology, and as the basis for the character of Ellie Arroway in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" (and the film of the same name starring J…
 
Please join us as we welcome, Dr. Oleg Abramov! Dr. Abramov is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, currently on detail in New Zealand. He has researched the effects of planetary impacts on terrestrial worlds, worked on simulations of hydrothermal systems, and has been involved in instrument development for studying icy worlds, li…
 
Please join us as we welcome, Dr. Morgan Cable, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Dr. Cable is a Technologist in the Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts Section at NASA JPL, and the Assistant Project Science Systems Engineer for the Cassini Mission, which explored the Saturn system for over 10 years."Ask an Astrobiologist" is a li…
 
Please join us as we welcome, Dr. Amanda Stockton, from Georgia Tech! Dr. Stockton is the Principle Investigator for FELDSPAR, the Field Exploration and Life Detection Sampling for Planetary and Astrobiology Research, a project that explores Icelandic lava flows in order to better understand our search for life on Mars. "Ask an Astrobiologist" is a…
 
We welcome, Dr. Steve Vance from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Dr. Vance is an astrobiologist and geophysicist studying the mechanics of icy ocean worlds. He addresses questions of ocean composition, dynamics, and habitability through simulations of icy world ocean chemistry in the laboratory."Ask an Astrobiologist" is a live interview with a…
 
We welcome Dr. Jennifer Glass from Georgia Tech!Professor Glass is a biogeochemist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She integrates field and laboratory studies to explore connections between biology and chemical species in biogeochemical cycles. The major focus of her research is characterizing novel biological and abiotic mechanisms of gree…
 
We welcome Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman from NASA! Dr. Domagal-Goldman is a research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he specializes in exoplanets, Archean geochemistry, planetary atmospheres, and astrobiology. Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube version of this episode: https:…
 
We welcome Dr. Sara Imari Walker! Dr. Walker is a co-founder of SAGANet and currently an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University!She holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Dartmouth. Her research focuses on questions surrounding the origin of life.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube ve…
 
We welcome Dr. Sean Raymond of the Université de Bordeaux, France! His research focuses on planet formation and dynamics. He has worked on terrestrial planet formation, dynamics of extra-solar planetary systems, dynamical instabilities in giant planet systems, tidal evolution, and searches for Near Earth Objects. You can find his blog at planetplan…
 
We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Carl Pilcher, former director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute! Dr. Pilcher has had careers in both academia and NASA management. He came to the NASA Ames Research Center from NASA Headquarters, where he was the Senior Scientist for Astrobiology with overall management responsibility for NASA’s astrobiology program.His …
 
We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Darlene Lim, a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, who is actively involved in the development of operational concepts for human scientific exploration of our solar system. She is currently the PI of BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains), PI of the Pavilion Lake Research Project, …
 
We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Alexis Templeton, Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder! Dr. Templeton is a Geomicrobiologist with expertise in microbe/mineral interactions, biomineralization, chemical imaging, spectroscopy, and isotope geochemistry.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the f…
 
We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Eric Boyd, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University! Dr. Boyd is an expert in extremophiles and hot spring microbiology.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube version of this episode: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/epi…
 
We welcome to SAGANet Dr. George Cooper, Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, and an expert in meteorites and their potential role in the emergence of life on Earth!Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube version of this episode: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/episodes/9/…
 
We welcome to SAGANet Dr. Aki Roberge, Study Scientist of the next generation LUVOIR telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center!The Large UV / Optical / IR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is envisaged a highly capable, multi-wavelength observatory with ambitious science goals.Check out our website for the full transcript of this podcast, plus the full YouTube…
 
We are delighted to start afresh with our new program, “Ask an Astrobiologist”. This new format will be more interactive and allow participants to ask questions on Twitter! Use #askastrobio to submit your questions before the event! Questions will still be taken via SAGANet chat!We welcome to SAGANet Dr. Juan Pérez Mercader, Founder & former Direct…
 
We are delighted to start afresh with our new program, “Ask an Astrobiologist”. This new format will be more interactive and allow participants to ask questions on Twitter! Use #AskAstrobio to submit your questions before the event! Questions will still be taken via SAGANet chat!We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Charles Cockell, Director of the UK Center …
 
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