2005 Annual Science Report
University of Washington Reporting | JUL 2004 – JUN 2005
In this, our fourth year, many of our group have come into full productivity. Our NAI sponsored research at the University of Washington has concentrated on the following important astrobiological questions:
- What are the characteristics of planets that can evolve complex organisms?
- Where might such planets occur?
- How does biological complexity evolve on a planet, and how might it end?
- What are the limits and permissible chemistries of life and how might they arise?
During the 2004-2005 period significant progress into these problems was made. Below, our results and progress is summarized based on specific research problems defined in our original proposal.
How often, where, and under which conditions do habitable planets form and persist?
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Our primary research objective is to better understand the origins and adaptive radiation of an ancient and biogeochemically significant assemblage of microorganisms, the sulfate-reducing prokaryotes (SRP).ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 4.1 4.2 5.1 5.2 5.3 6.1
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 4.2
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 2.1
The project being reported on here deals with various aspects of asteroid or comet impact on the Earth, and the Astrobiological consequences (including extinction).ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 4.2 4.3
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 2.2
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 3.2 3.4 4.2 5.3 6.1
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 1.2 7.2
Mass Extinction Events, the Longest Snowball Earth Event, the Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis, and TPW Induced Perturbations of the Carbon Cycle.ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 3.1 3.3 4.1 4.3 6.1
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.2 5.3 6.1 6.2 7.1
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 3.2 3.3 4.2 5.1 5.2 5.3
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 4.1 4.3
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 5.1 5.3 6.1 6.2 7.2
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 4.2
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 3.1
ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 4.3 6.1
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Indiana University, Bloomington
Marine Biological Laboratory
Michigan State University
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Pennsylvania State University
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Rhode Island
University of Washington
Virtual Planetary Laboratory (JPL/CalTech)