We study fossil molecules and their stable isotopes. We are interested in ancient climate, the carbon cycle, microbial biogeochemistry and the signatures of life on Earth and beyond.
Katherine H. Freeman
Evan Pugh University Professor
235 Deike Building
Department of Geosciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
The Astrobiology Center for Isotopologue Research is a new NASA-funded international team using cutting-edge observational and computational tools to learn how isotopes within organic molecules reveal their origins and history. Our research spans from cosmochemistry to metabolic studies, from ancient Earth to icy planetary systems, from deep Earth and ocean fluids to meteorites, all focused on novel observations, fundamental understanding of process, and predictive models of the biotic, abiotic, and environmental signatures carried by C, H, N, O and other isotopes.
Student and postdocs have the opportunity to work with leading geochemists at Penn State University, Caltech, Lehigh University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and in collaboration with leading scientists at NASA Goddard, The Earth-Life Science Institute (Tokyo) and NAI centers, including at the University of Riverside. This opportunity includes five Postdoc positions and four graduate student assistantships distributed at Penn State, Caltech, Lehigh, and UTEP.