Darlene Lim

Principal Investigator (PI)

Expertise: Geobiology, Science Ops, Researcher Wrangling
Affiliation: BAERI / NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education: PhD (Geobiology), University of Toronto, Canada

MSc (Geobiology), University of Toronto, Canada

BScH (Biology), Queen's University, Canada

SUBSEA Research Objectives

As PI, I will be focused on creating a safe, collegial environment that enables each SUSBEA team member to accomplish his or her research objectives. I am really excited to leverage the scientific foundation of SUSBEA and the Nautilus-OET-ISC telepresence architecture for the purposes of identifying best practices for future human scientific exploration of Mars.

Biography

I’m a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, and I am actively involved in the development of operational concepts for human scientific exploration of our solar system. I keep busy by also being the PI (Principal Investigator) of the BASALT research program, the Deputy PI of the NASA SSERVI ‘Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration’ (FINESSE) research program, and the PI of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP). The research programs that I lead are focused on blending field science research with the development of capabilities and concepts for future human spaceflight into deep space and Mars.

I’ve spent over 20 years (has it really been that long?) leading field research programs around the world – from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in various underwater environments piloting submersibles or diving as a scientist and explorer, in volcanic settings such as those in Hawai`i and Idaho, deserts of all sorts, and now, the deep sea. Jacques Cousteau, Amelia Earhart and Karen Kain were my childhood heros for different and similar reasons. In the case of Cousteau, his incredible documentaries were an inspiration, and SUBSEA is, without exaggeration, a dream come true for me. I am very grateful to be able to be a part of this program and our team.

Please feel free to check out the websites of other recent programs that I work on, such as BASALT, PLRP, and FINESSE.