I’m a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, and I am actively involved in the development of operational concepts for human scientific exploration of our solar system. I keep busy by also being the PI (Principal Investigator) of the BASALT research program, the Deputy PI of the NASA SSERVI ‘Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration’ (FINESSE) research program, and the PI of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP). The research programs that I lead are focused on blending field science research with the development of capabilities and concepts for future human spaceflight into deep space and Mars.
I’ve spent over 20 years (has it really been that long?) leading field research programs around the world – from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in various underwater environments piloting submersibles or diving as a scientist and explorer, in volcanic settings such as those in Hawai`i and Idaho, deserts of all sorts, and now, the deep sea. Jacques Cousteau, Amelia Earhart and Karen Kain were my childhood heros for different and similar reasons. In the case of Cousteau, his incredible documentaries were an inspiration, and SUBSEA is, without exaggeration, a dream come true for me. I am very grateful to be able to be a part of this program and our team.
Please feel free to check out the websites of other recent programs that I work on, such as BASALT, PLRP, and FINESSE.
September 1st, 2019 | 35 mins 13 secs
biology, climate change, exobiology, geobiology, mars, nasa, royal society, science, science week, space, sustainability
Dr Renee Beale, Curator of National Science Week for Victoria, sits down with key speaker Dr Darlene Lim for a chat about the natural world, and what the study of Mars analogues has taught her about life on Earth.