EES Seminar Series - Dr. Jill Mikucki

"Exploring Earth’s Ice to Imagine Extraterrestrial Worlds"

Dec 1, 2023 at - | Hayden Hall 358

Geoscience Colloquium

The Department of Earth & Environmental Science

University of Pennsylvania

Invites you to attend a EES Seminar Series

Friday, December 1st - 3:00 PM


"Exploring Earth’s Ice to Imagine Extraterrestrial Worlds"


Earth’s cryosphere, which includes glaciers, ice sheets, and permafrost, can inform the exploration of extraterrestrial targets in our solar system. Jill Mikucki, an associate professor of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, studies ecosystems under ice and will discuss how these environments can serve as analogs for the testing of NASA robots, as well as inform how life adapts to extreme cold and salinity. She will share how the study of these extremophiles may help us understand the potential for life in the universe, as well as how these organisms persist through dramatic climate change events on Earth. 


Dr. Jill Mikucki

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology

University of Tennessee