Samuel Payler

Expertise: Astrobiology
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Certification/Education: MSci University of Birmingham
PhD on-going

BASALT Research Objectives

Sam is focused on understanding how to achieve high quality biological science within the logistical constraints and challenges imposed by human spacefight. He is also examining how the alteration of volcanic rocks impacts the native microbial communites.


Samuel Payler is a doctoral candidate at the UK Centre for Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh. He received an MSci in Geology at the University of Birmingham, with a year spent at the University of Hong Kong. His research examines life in hypersaline deep subsurface environments and was heavily involved in the establishment of Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Lab (BISAL), the world’s first deep subsurface astrobiology lab. He also helped establish MINAR (MINe Analogue Program), which tests instrumentation designed for space in the deep subsurface and helps facilitate spin-off between the mining and space industries.