Research Assistant

phone (651) 366-2449

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25-610, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


summer 2018– Research Assistant, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
2014-2018– B.S., Biology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison


I am broadly interested in the intersection of ecology, evolution, and astrobiology and how these fields help us understand the remarkable complexity of life as it developed on Earth and possibly elsewhere.  My undergraduate work examined the habitability of exoplanets and the evolution of microorganisms under extraterrestrial conditions.  In the Summons Lab, I am performing lipid analysis on samples from Antarctica and the Great Salt Lake to further understand the adaptation of microbial membranes within these extreme environments.

Select Publications

Kalambokidis, Maria. (2017). Examining Habitability of Kepler Exoplanets. Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Conference. 1. 10.17307/wsc.v1i1.178.