Exobiology Branch investigators conduct field research in Chile

Research in Chile
Research in Chile

In support of their Exobiology funded research to examine methane production in Mars analogue hypersaline environments, Brad Bebout and Angela Detweiler, of Ames’ Exobiology Branch recently conducted field research in Chile.Accompanied by Co-I Cheryl Kelley, University of Missouri Columbia and students Brooke Nicholson and Tyler Mauney, of the University of Missouri and Florida State University, respectively, the team visited a number of Mars analogue sites, including Salar de Llamar , and the El Tatio Geyser field. They were greatly aided in their studies by Co-I Alfonso Davila, presently at the University of Antofagasta, as well as their collaborator Pedro Zamorano and his student Bernardita Valenzuela, also of the University of Antofagasta. While at the university, Brad Bebout participated in a symposium on biodiversity which was covered by the University’s paper:

http://prensaua.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/estudian-biodiversidad-microbiologica-en-el-desierto-y-altiplano-chileno/