Astrobiology, Geochemistry, High Pressure

Dr. Vincent S. Riggi joins GL as a new Visiting Investigator working with Andrew Steele. Riggi joins us from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He will be working on CO2 reduction mechanisms at medium PT conditions. His research interests include astrobiology, prebiotic chemistry, organic synthesis, and high pressure geochemistry.


Dr. Mojhgan A. Haghnegahdar of Department of Geology at the University of Maryland presented a seminar titled, "Can Measurements of 13CH3D & 12CH2D2 Help Us Understand the Atmospheric Methane Budget?"


Dr. Sara Walker of ASU is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. She presented on "Planetary systems biochemistry - inferring the laws of life at a global scale."

Astrobiology, Planetary Science

Catharine “Cassie” Conley joins us from NASA as a visiting scientist working with Andrew Steele.


Washington, DC—Carnegie’s Andrew Steele is a member of the Earth First Origins project, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Karyn Rogers, which has been awarded a $9 million grant by NASA’s Astrobiology Program.


The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Inge Loes ten Kate of the Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. She will present: "On the role of extraterrestrial organics in the origin of life.

Astrobiology, Geochemistry

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered new “tough” organic molecules in three-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks on Mars, increasing the chances that the record of habitability and potential life could have been preserved on the Red Planet, despite extremely harsh conditions on the surface that can easily break down organic molecules.


The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Ram Krishnamurthy of Scripps. He will present, "Reconciling Prebiotic Chemistry with Biological Chemistry - Destiny versus Destination in Origins of Life Research."