UK Centre for Astrobiology

Outreach, blog and press

Our work made accessible through news media and blog posts

Selected recent press

January 2022: Sean quoted in New Scientist: "Bacteria survive extremes that may have existed in ancient Mars lakes" by Chen Ly.

November 2021: Press release: "Life on Mars search could be misled by false fossils".

  Coverage: The IndependentForbes, MSN, Cosmos Magazine, Daily Mail, The Register

May 2021: Sean quoted in: "Signs of Ancient Microbial Life Abundant in Earth's Crust: Study" by Catherine Offord @ The Scientist.

February 2021: Sean quoted in New Scientist: "Deepest land-dwelling microbes found at bottom of 5km hole in China" by Colin Barras [paywall].

February 2021: Sean quoted in: "Fossil mimics may be more common in ancient rocks than actual fossils" by Carolyn Gramling @ Science News.

January 2021: Press release: "Fossils shed light on puzzle that vexed Darwin".

  Coverage: IFLScience

January 2020: Press release: "A new target in the search for life on Mars?".

November 2019: Press release: "Solving fossil mystery could aid Mars life quest".

   Coverage: Daily Mail, The Conversation

October 2018: Sean quoted in "Life thrives within Earth's crust" by Catherine Offord @ The Scientist.

May 2018: Press release: "Mars rocks may harbour signs of life".

   Coverage: Newsweek, MSN News, Air & Space Magazine

Sean's blog

13th July 2021: New collaboration: philosophy of astrobiology

28th October 2020: Astrobiology before astrobiologists

18th October 2020: New paper: could we find life's fingerprints in mineral veins on Mars?

10th December 2019: New paper: the trouble with tubules

3rd January 2019: Fossilization on Earth and Mars

Selected online outreach

30th September 2020: STEM Ambassador East Spotlight: Sean McMahon