1. 2016 Selections for the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

    Map of locations explored by past and present Lewis and Clark Fund recipients. Blue Xs mark 2016 field research destinations. Image credit: None
    Map of locations explored by past and present Lewis and Clark Fund recipients. Blue Xs mark 2016 field research destinations.

    The NASA Astrobiology Institute and the American Philosophical Society are pleased to announce the selections for the 2016 Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology. These graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists listed below will embark on field studies in astrobiology at destinations from Chile to Iceland and New Mexico to Japan.

    Joany Babilonia

    University of Florida

    Project: Unraveling the Global Microbiome Core of Stromatolites

    Location: Ruidera Pool, Spain

    Megan Bedell

    University of Chicago

    Project: Exploring the Formation of Rocky Worlds with the Solar Twin Planet Search

    Location: HARPS Spectrograph, Chile

    Sarah Black

    University of Colorado Boulder

    Project: Characterization of Secondary Mineralogy in Hydrothermal Systems via Multiple Instrumentation Methods: Implications for Mars

    Location: Costa Rica and Iceland

    Kathleen Craft

    Johns Hopkins University

    Project: Exploring Hydrothermal Sinter Sites in Iceland and Molecular Biosignature Detection Techniques: A Mars Mission Analog to Exploring Nili Patera

    Location: Iceland

    Aubri Jenson

    Texas State University

    Project: Detecting Evidence of Microbially Mediated Carbonate Dissolution in a Submerged Cave

    Location: Cenote San Carlos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

    Emily Smith

    Smithsonian Institution

    Project: The Last of the Ediacara Biota at Mt. Dunfee, Nevada

    Location: Mt. Dunfee, Nevada

    Joshua Stanford

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Project: Assessing the Plausibility of Long-Term sedimentary Recycling of Sulfur Isotope Anomalies and the Implications for Atmospheric Evolution on Earth

    Location: Northern Amazon Craton, Pará, Brazil

    Qing Tang

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Project: Paleobiology of the Tonian Chuar Group in North America and its implications for the evolution of complex eukaryotes

    Location: Chuar Group in the Northern Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Kyle Uckert

    New Mexico State University

    Project: Characterizing the Biogenicity of Manganese Oxides in an Extreme Environment: Fort Stanton Cave as a Solar System Analog

    Location: Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico

    Lewis Ward

    California Institute of Technology

    Project: Investigating Uncharacterized Iron-Rich Hot Springs in Japan as Early-Earth and Exoplanet Analogues

    Location: Jinata Onsen, Tokyo, Japan

    We look forward to seeing the results from their field research!