Adam Stevens

Expertise: Planetary Simulation, Planetary Exploration, Mars Subsurface, Astrobiology, Instrumentation
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Certification/Education: Ph.D. Planetary Science (in prep), The Open University
MSc. Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, the University of Surrey
BSc. Physics, the University of Edinburgh

BASALT Research Objectives

Assess how biological field sampling can best be achieved during full mission simulation.


Adam Stevens is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh and the UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA). He is working to develop new methods for the simulation of astrobiological systems using environmental chambers that reproduce the conditions in extra-terrestrial environments such as Mars and icy moons.

In addition to simulations in the laboratory, Adam is an organizing member of the FELDSPAR (Field Exploration and Life Detection Sampling for Planetary and Astrobiology Research) project, which uses the lava fields of Iceland as analogues to test potential life detection instruments and help prepare for future missions to Mars. Adam is a member of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter UV-Visible Spectrometer (UVIS) instrument science team and coordinates the UKCA Astrobiology Summer School.