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 […]

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 […]

20 June 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Sabine Mehay

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Current Role: I currently work as a Geochemist and Petroleum System Analyst for the oil and gas service company Schlumberger. I am based in Aachen, Germany. Years in the Summons Lab: I was part of the Summons Lab from January 2010 until February 2011. Favorite Memories: I have many good memories from my time at […]

17 June 2019

How to Detect Life on Mars

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How to Detect Life on Mars

 Scientists from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrument team develop method to detect the tiniest traces of life on other planetary bodies by Fatima Husain When Christopher Carr visited a green sand beach in Hawaii at the age of 9, he probably didn’t think that he’d use the little olivine crystals beneath his feet to […]

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 […]

9 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Katherine French

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Katherine French

Story Caption: Dr. French with Dr. Emily Matys, another graduate of the Summons Lab. Current Role: I am currently a research geochemist in the Central Energy Resource Science Center at the USGS in Denver, CO. I apply molecular and isotopic geochemistry to petroleum system research. Years in the Summons Lab:I was a Ph.D. student in […]