Computer Techniques Allow Scientists to Understand How Bacteria Work Together

Single celled prokaryotic microbes, such as bacteria and archaea, control almost every aspect of our daily lives, from our individual health to the elemental cycles that maintain the global biosphere. A major challenge for microbial ecologists is cataloging the vast diversity of prokaryotic life on Earth and connecting this diversity with specific functions, such as […]

Inferring the Functions of Microbial Communities

Single celled prokaryotic microbes, such as bacteria and archaea, control almost every aspect of our daily lives, from our individual health to the elemental cycles that maintain the global biosphere. A major challenge for microbial ecologists is cataloging the vast diversity of prokaryotic life on Earth and connecting this diversity with specific functions, such as […]

Expedition to collect fish in southern Malawi for DNA barcoding

It was no ordinary fishing trip. In May 2011, Denis Tweddle, an honorary research associate of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), led an expedition to collect little-known fishes from the remote rivers of southern Malawi. As an International Barcode of Life postdoctoral fellow at SAIAB, I joined the expedition to collect genetic […]

Blue Marble Science Symposium – 2015

By: Benu Atri I was recently invited to attend the 1st Blue Marble Science Symposium held in the exquisite Hilton Hotel in Downtown, Chicago on Sunday, 14th of June, 2015. Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra and Dr. Sanjoy Som, co-founders of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS) who are also members of the organizing committee of Astrobiology […]

Meet An Astrobiologist: Professor Vinod Chandra Tewari

  Professor Vinod Chandra Tewari Senior Scientist (Geology), Astrobiologist, India   Professor Vinod Chandra Tewari recently retired (November 2014) as Senior Scientist (G) and Project Director at  Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, India. He has done extensive research for over 35 years in the field of Precambrian Phanerozoic stromatollites; sedimentation and carbon isotope chemostratigraphy; genesis, early […]

NASA Spaceward Bound – India Expedition 2016

  NASA SPACEWARD BOUND The Spaceward Bound Program is an educational program developed at NASA Ames Research Center. More information here. The objective is for participating scientific researchers, educators and students to visit remote and extreme environments in different parts of the world and conduct astrogeological/biological experiments, make observations and learn about the origin, sustenance and adaptation […]