Nancy Hinman

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March 5

Nancy Hinman | Professor, Geosciences-Astrobiology
"There's No Place Like Home, Or Is There? Earth and its Neighbor Planets"


Nancy Hinman is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute team of the SETI Institute. The team studies modern Earth analogs of places on the Martian surface where fossils might be found on a future landing mission. As a geochemist, Hinman studies how micro-organisms are fossilized in the rock record, to better predict where and what Martian samples should be returned to Earth. Nancy Hinman earned her Ph.D. in oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. This marks her 30th year with the University of Montana.

Lecture Synopsis: One of the most intriguing questions in science is: “Are We Alone?” This question has led humans to scour our solar system neighbors for evidence of life. But will we recognize extraterrestrial life when we see it? This talk delves into the rich record of life through time on Earth, considers which environments on Earth are habitable and extrapolates from there to Earth’s solar system neighbors.