Speaker: Dr. Mark Schneegurt
Topic: Life on Pluto? Life on Mars? Don’t Drink the Water!
Date/Time/Location: Monday February 13, 7:30 pm, The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink? Follow the water for the best chances of finding of life on other celestial bodies. Now we know that there is liquid water on Mars, Europa Enceladus, and other icy satellites appear to have oceans. The water may be very salty, cold, and acidic. What makes a location habitable on another world? What are the challenges? Could organisms from Earth grow in these exotic environments? We will discuss current and past robotic missions to potential habitats across the solar system.
Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Wichita State University and maintains joint appointments in Curriculum and Instruction and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Schneegurt holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Eli Lilly and has taught and researched at Purdue University and University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on applied and environmental microbiology, resulting in 70+ scientific publications and 150+ presentations.