Alfonso Davila, Ph.D., research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center/Exobiology Branch, will speak on "The Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth."
Davila's research focuses on the search for evidence of life beyond Earth, and currently he is helping develop several mission concepts to search for evidence of life on Mars and Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. Davila has participated in more than 15 field expeditions in the Atacama Desert, a Mars-like environments, and has published numerous papers and book chapters on the microbial communities that inhabit the driest parts of the Atacama. Davila has also participated in multiple field expeditions in Antarctica, another Mars-like environment, and in other extreme deserts.
Open to members of the Amherst College community. Please contact Karen Racz, biology department ADC, for a link to join the Zoom presentation.