Is there life on Mars?

Max Haggblom (Biochemistry and Microbiology)
Lee Kerkhof (Marine and Coastal Sciences)

This seminar will examine the prospects of life on Mars, and elsewhere in the Universe. Not “little green men”, but microorganisms. We will explore how life is thought to have evolved on Earth and, with a focus on microbial life, identify the limitations and constraints to life as we know it. We will discuss how the NASA Exobiology program aims to understand the phylogeny and physiology of microorganisms whose characteristics reflect the nature of primitive environments or exoplanets. By examining the requirements and limitations to life on Earth and elucidating diverse microbial metabolisms and adaptations to extreme environments we can understand the potential of life to adapt to conditions on other planets or icy moons.