UK Centre for Astrobiology

Life in Extremes

We conduct research into life in extreme environments and its application to astrobiology.

The UKCA's core academic interest is the study of life in extreme environments and its application to understanding the habitability of planets.

Its projects over the years have been diverse, but current interests include:

  • The study of anaerobic microorganisms from analog sites and their behaviour under extreme physical and chemical conditions relevant to Mars
  • The study of the habitability of aqueous environments on Mars and their preservation
  • The study of the habitability of icy moon oceans
  • Investigations on the response of organisms to high radiation environments, including UV radiation
  • The colonisation of rocks and the way in which communities develop in rocky planetary crust
  • The response of microorganisms to multiple extremes
  • Modeling the response of organisms to multiple extreme environments