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2005 Annual Science Report

University of Rhode Island Reporting  |  JUL 2004 – JUN 2005

Executive Summary

The University of Rhode Island (URI) team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) works to gain a fundamental understanding of Earth’s subsurface life. Our principal research objectives are to understand (1) the subsurface microbial ecosystems of marine sediments, (2) their role in Earth’s biogeochemical cycles, and (3) their relevance to the search for life on other planets. Our investigators are based at the University of Rhode Island (URI), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). To effectively accomplish our objectives, URI team researchers collaborate with each other and with scientists at other institutions throughout the world (e.g., D’Hondt et al., 2004). Our current collaborators include members of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Indiana/Princeton/Tennessee (IPTAI) NAI teams. Other collaborators include scientists at the University of Bremen (Germany), the Max Planck ... Continue reading.

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Project Reports

  • Subsurface Biospheres

    Members of our team at UNC Chapel Hill focus on molecular studies of deep subsurface communities

    ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 2.1 2.2 4.1 4.3 5.2 5.3 6.1 7.1 7.2