Research


About our Research

ICY WORLDS: Astrobiology at the Water - Rock Interface

Our primary goal is to answer one of the most fundamental questions in all of astrobiology: What geological and hydrologic factors drive chemical disequilibria at water-rock interfaces on Earth and other worlds?



Investigation I

Asks what geological and hydrologic factors drive chemical disequilibria at water-rock interfaces on Earth and other worlds?

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Investigation II

Aims to answer the key question as to whether geoelectrochemical gradients in hydrothermal chimney systems drive prebiotic redox chemistry towards an emergence of metabolism?

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Investigation III

Addresses how, where, and for how long might disequilibria exist in icy worlds, and what does that imply in terms of habitability?

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Investigation IV

Considers what can observable surface chemical signatures tell us about the habitability of subsurface oceans?

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