9 September 2020

Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Heather Graham

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Heather Graham

Current Role:  I am a research associate with Catholic University of America but I work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory. Research Foci:  My research focuses on developing tools and techniques for biosignature detection, especially for life that does not share the same biochemistry as life on Earth. What drew […]

19 August 2020

Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Dawn Sumner

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Dawn Sumner

Current Role: I am currently a professor at the University of California, Davis, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. I am also part of the Microbiology Graduate Group at UCD, as well as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Feminist Research Institute at UCD. Research Foci and Initiatives: My main research interests […]

18 July 2020

Graduate Student Fatima Husain gives an MIT Chat

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Graduate Student Fatima Husain gives an MIT Chat

This summer, Summons Lab graduate student and Curiosity Correspondent Fatima Husain spoke with students from around the world as part of her MIT Chat. Check out the webinar in which Fatima describes organic geochemistry and biology and her path to it to middle school students.

17 July 2020

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Lily Momper

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Lily Momper

Current Role: I work in the field of environmental consulting for a firm called Exponent. Years in the Summons Lab: I was in the Summons Lab as the W.O. Crosby Postdoctoral Fellow from 2016-2018. Favorite Memory: My favorite MIT-related memories were the Summons lab retreat in 2017 and field work I did in Hamelin Pool, Western Australia (north […]

5 June 2020

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Phoebe Cohen

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Phoebe Cohen

Current Role: I’m an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Department at Williams College, a liberal arts college in the Berkshires.  Years at MIT: 2010-2012 Favorite Memory: Wow so many! I got to go to Australia twice while I was at MIT to help create virtual field trips for the NASA Astrobiology grant I was working […]

18 November 2019

Ring by Ring

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Ring by Ring

A collaboration of current and former EAPS researchers reveals the genes that enable GDGTs to cyclize  by Fatima Husain Nestled within sediments that accumulate in marine environments, a certain class of molecule-sized fossils sneakily record surface water temperature changes over time. For almost two decades, scientists have used these molecules called glycerol dibiphytanyl glycerol tetraether […]

18 November 2019

Continuing a Legacy of Antarctic Exploration

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Continuing a Legacy of Antarctic Exploration

by Fatima Husain When Robert F. Scott’s Discovery expedition began their exploration of the Antarctic continent in 1901, they set out to achieve two goals: to geographically and scientifically characterize the regions touched by the Ross Sea. As the group of naval officers and scientists set foot upon the Ross Ice Shelf, they mapped their travels and […]

5 July 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Emmanuelle Grosjean

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Current Role: I work as an organic geochemist for Geoscience Australia (GA), Australia’s governmental geoscientific organisation, based in Canberra. GA can be loosely described as the Australian equivalent of the US Geological Survey. In my day-to-day job, I work in a multi-disciplinary team providing insights into Australia’s energy resource potential. Years in the Summons Lab: I started […]

30 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Paula Welander

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Paula Welander

Current Role: I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford. Years in the Summons Lab: July 2010 through Dec 2012 Favorite Memories: I remember how cold the lab was! I always had to wear multiple sweatshirts under my lab coat and would have to go get tea in the middle of […]

16 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Jessica Whiteside

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Jessica Whiteside

Current Role: I am an associate professor of geochemistry at the University of Southampton, based in the National Oceanography Centre in Southern England. I specialize in molecular paleontology, that is, I use fossil chemical fingerprints as clues to ancient ecologies and environmental change. Years in the Summons Lab: I was in the Summons lab in […]