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Microorganisms in extreme environments

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As part of Astrobiology OU, our researchers investigate how microorganisms can live in extreme environments on Earth and in space.

Our researchers specialise in:

  • Microorganisms in extreme environments on Earth and in space;
  • The role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling;
  • Investigating environments analogous with spaced (e.g. Mars and icy moons).

We are interested in how the environment affects microbial communities and the role these organisms have in changing the environment. These organisms, and the environments in which they live, can be used as analogues for space and potential life that might be found there, and are used to guide future life detection missions.

If you have any questions or want to find out more please contact Karen Olsson-Francis.


Applications closed: Floodplain Meadows Partnership Research Associate

We are looking for a Research Associate to work within the Floodplain Meadows Partnership team in EEES. The post is fixed-term and part-time.

12th October 2021

New research: exploring the reproductive complexity of plants

New research published in the high-profile journal Science has explored the reproductive complexity of plants.

21st September 2021

Applications closed: Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability

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