I’m so, so excited to have officially accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the
at Michigan State University this August. I’ll be working with Matt Schrenk on some really exciting research, as part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Rock-Powered Life team. The team studies microbial communities in serpentinizing environments, where ultramafic rock reacts with water to produce methane, short-chain hydrocarbons, and hydrogen gas. The first microbial life forms may have evolved in environments like these on early Earth, and serpentinizing systems may harbor life on other planetary bodies such as Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. I’ll be studying the flow of carbon in these systems in various locations around the globe, including a major continental drilling project in Oman scheduled to begin this fall.
With three weeks to go until my defense, I’m nervous and stressed and pumped all at once. But I’m also grateful to my family and friends and followers for all your love and support through the craziness that is grad school. So stick around, because this is only the beginning…