Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Biosignatures

Members of the Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Biosignatures group, focus on examining microbial biodiversity and ecology in the Canadian high Arctic and the Antarctic dry valleys where very unique habitats exist, using both classical microbiology and novel genomics-based molecular techniques for studying microbial communities. Understanding what types of microorganisms could survive or be active in these types of soils, as well as detecting biosignatures (in the form of dormant or dead cells, and nucleic acids, for example), is important to understanding what future missions could look for in near surface water ice on Mars in the north polar regions or other cold, rocky places in the solar system.


Faculty Members

Whyte, Lyle

Professor of Natural Resource Sciences
Office: Macdonald-Stewart

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