2004 Annual Science Report

University of Rhode Island Reporting  |  JUL 2003 – JUN 2004

Executive Summary

The University of Rhode Island (URI) team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) works to gain a fundamental understanding of Earth’s subsurface life. Our principal research objectives are to understand (1) the subsurface microbial ecosystems of marine sediments, (2) their role in Earth’s biogeochemical cycles, and (3) their relevance to the search for life on other planets. Our investigators are based at URI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). To effectively accomplish our objectives, URI team researchers collaborate with each other and with scientists at other institutions throughout the world. Our current collaborators include members of other NAI teams at the NASA Ames Research Center, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and Pennsylvania State University. Other collaborators include scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Bremen (Germany), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology ...

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