My main research interests are planetary exploration and astrobiology, the search for the origins, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe.
Specifically, I seek to understand whether oceans below the surface of icy worlds harbor life by simulating their physics and chemistry, through laboratory and field studies of similar places on Earth where microbial life thrives, and by developing future space missions to explore these ocean worlds.
16 Apr. 2017 Our work on cryovolcanism was highlighted in a Bild der Wissenschaft article by Ute Kehse, “Eisvulkane im Sonnensystem” (“Cryovolcanoes in the Solar System”).
15 Dec. 2015 Check out the press release on our latest paper: Deep freeze puts the squeeze on dwarf planet Ceres.