Virtual Speaker: Duane Moser, Desert Research Institute
"Life at the Edge: from the Deep Biosphere to Deep Space"
Dr. Moser applies the tools of microbiology and genomics to better understand environmental transformations of contaminants, from pharmaceuticals to radionuclides, and the pathogenic potential of microorganisms aboard the International Space Station. New directions include microgravity research, environmental DNA (eDNA) for the tracking of endangered species and ancient DNA (archaeology). Using life underground as a unifying theme, this talk will describe cryptic ecosystems of Earth’s caves and fractured rock aquifers as a unique repository for biodiversity and evolutionary history and testbed for the possibility of dark life elsewhere in the solar system.