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Events at the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability bridge disciplines and bring together scientists and researchers from across campus.

CPSH Seminar Series

Our seminar series talks are now in person and online!

Location: PMA 15.216B, Physics, Math and Astronomy Bldg.
UT Austin, Department of Astronomy
2515 Speedway, Stop C1400
Austin, Texas 78712-1205

Online: To join online contact David Goldstein, or subscribe to our seminar mailing list.

Sara Miller Photo
November 28, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

A General Circulation Model to Assess the Dynamics and Habitability of Europa’s Ocean

Sara Miller

Graduate Student

Department of Astronomy Cornell University

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Edwin Kite
November 14, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Exoplanet Atmosphere Recipes

Edwin Kite

Associate Professor

Department of the Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

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Tim Lyons Photo
October 31, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Rethinking the search for the origins of life: Prebiotic chemistry and early Earth environments

Timothy Lyons

Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry

UC Riverside Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Kevin Hand
October 24, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System

Kevin Hand

PI & Director, Ocean Worlds Lab

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Portrait of Eric Hiatt
October 10, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Limited Recharge of the Highland Aquifer on Early Mars

Eric Hiatt

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Texas Institute for Geophysics

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Loren Williams
September 26, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

What does biochemistry tell us about habitability?

Loren Williams

Director

Center for the Origin Of Life, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Catherine H Ross

Two Talk Special!

September 12, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Talk 1: Impact crater thermochronometry and the effects of shock microstructures

Cat Ross

Visiting Assistant Professor of Structural Geology

UT Jackson School of Geosciences

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Talk 2: Role of impact brines in Europa’s habitability

Evan Carnahan

Graduate Student

Texas Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

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May 9, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Mapping Buried Martian Lava Tubes through Orbital Radar Sounding

Kirk Scanlan

Postdoctoral Researcher

National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark

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April 25, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Downward oxidant transport through Europa’s ice shell by density-driven brine percolation

Marc Hesse

Associate Professor

Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

To join the seminar online contact David Goldstein.

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March 21, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

NASA’s next Great Observatory: a large, UV/Optical/Near-IR telescope capable of characterizing nearby habitable worlds

Scott Gaudi

Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration

Department of Astronomy

Ohio State University

To join the seminar online contact David Goldstein.

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February 28, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Landscape evolution and the early Mars hydroclimate: constraints from paleolake and valley morphologies

Gaia Stucky de Quay

Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University

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February 14, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Beyond Miller–Urey: Pathways to Life in Prebiotically Relevant Environments using Plasmas

Thomas C. Underwood

Assistant Professor

UT Austin, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

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Picture of Kennda Lynch in a desert environment
January 24, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

What Lies Beneath: The Importance of Groundwater Influenced Subsurface Habitats in the Search for Life on Mars

Kennda Lynch

Staff Scientist

Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Universities Space Research Association

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November 22, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Mass measurements and rescue of planets using a fully dedicated Australian observatory

Rob Wittenmyer, Professor
(MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array
) MINERVA-Australis Observatory
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

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John Lassiter
November 8, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Three billion years of seawater evolution – How continental growth, weathering, climate swings, and the colonization of land have impacted seawater composition, and what this tells us about Earth’s homeostasis

John Lassiter, Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
University of Texas at Austin

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Lander Seminar
October 18, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Value of Building a Texas Astrobiology Community

Charity Phillips-Lander

Senior Research Scientist, Astrobiology
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute

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September 27, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Ultrasensitive Detection of Trace Chiral Prebiotic Molecules

Zilong Wu, Postdoctoral Fellow
Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

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Lin Seminar With Title
September 13, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Energy Sources Powering the Geodynamo

Jung-Fu “Afu” Lin, Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
University of Texas at Austin

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