UK Centre for Astrobiology


A variety of papers with UKCA affiliation covering areas of astrobiology have been published.

Wadsworth, J. and C.S. Cockell (2017), Perchlorates on Mars enhance the bacteriocidal effects of UV light. Scientific Reports, 2017. 7(1): p. 4662.

Loudon, C., Nicholson, N., Finster, K., Leys, N., Byloos, B., Van Houdt, R., . . . Cockell, C. (2017). BioRock: New experiments and hardware to investigate microbe–mineral interactions in space. International Journal of Astrobiology, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1473550417000234

Nixon, S. L., Telling, J. P., Wadham, J. L., and Cockell, C. S. (2017) Viable cold-tolerant iron-reducing microorganisms in geographically diverse subglacial environments. Biogeosciences. 14, 1445-1455.

Cockell CS, Brown S, Landenmark H, Samuels T, Siddall R, Wadsworth J. (2017). Liquid water restricts habitability in extreme deserts. Astrobiology 17, 309-318.

Morgan, J.V., Gulick, S.P.S., Bralower, T., Chenot, E., Christeson, G., Claeys, P., Cockell, C.S., Collins, G.S., Coolen, M.J.L., Ferriere, L., Gebhardt, C., Goto, K., Jones, H., Kring, D.A., Le Ber, E., Lofi, J., Long, X., Lowery, C., Mellett, C., Ocampo-Torres, R., Osinski, G.R., Perez-Cruz, L., Pickersgill, A., Poelchau, M., Rae, A., Rasmussen, C., Rebolledo-Vieyra, M., Riller, U., Sato, H., D.R., Smit, J., Tikoo, S., Tomioka, N., Urrutia-Fucugauchi, J.,  Whalen, M., Wittmann, A., Yamaguchi, K.E. and Zylberman, W. (2016) The formation of peak rings in large impact craters. Science 354, 878-882.

Stevens, A.H.., Patel, M.R. Lewis, S.R. (2017) Modelled isotopic fractionation and transient diffusive release of methane from potential subsurface sources on Mars, Icarus. 281:240-247.

Forgan, D.H., Dayal, P., Cockell, C.S. and Libeskind, N. (2017) Evaluating galactic habitability using high-resolution cosmological simulations of galaxy formation. International Journal of Astrobiology 16:60-73.

Harrison, J.P., Angel, R., and Cockell, C.S. (2017) Astrobiology as a framework for investigating antibiotic susceptibility: a study of Halomonas hydrothermalis. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20160942.

Yates, J.S., Palmer, P. I., Biller, B., and Cockell, C.S. (2017) Atmospheric habitable zones in Y dwarf atmospheres. Astrophysical Journal 836:art184.

Bryce, C., LeBihan, T., Martin, S.F., Harrison, J.P., Bush, T., Spears, B., Moore, A., Leys, N., Byloos, B., and Cockell, C.S. (2016) Rock geochemistry induces stress and starvation responses in the bacterial proteome. Environmental Microbiology 18:1110-11121.

Cockell, C.S. (2016) The similarity of life across the Universe. Molecular Biology of the Cell 27:1553-1555.

Cockell, C.S. (editor) (2016) Dissent, Revolution and Liberty Beyond Earth. Springer, Heidelberg.

Fox-Powell, M.G., Hallsworth, J.E., Cousins, C.R., and Cockell, C.S. (2016) Ionic Strength Is a Barrier to the Habitability of Mars. Astrobiology 16:427-442.

Freeman, K., Harrison, J.P., Dobinson, L., Cockell, C.S., McKenzie, R., Wylie, D., Nixon, S.L. (2016) Mapping limits to life on Earth. Astronomy and Geophysics 57:2.15-2.17.

Harrison, J.P., Aggarwal, S.D., and Cockell, C.S. (2016) Salinity influences the response of Halomonas hydrothermalis to artificial fossilization by evaporative silicification. Geomicrobiology Journal 33:377-386.

Pontefract, A., Osinski, G.R., Cockell, C.S., Southam, G., McLausland, P.J.A., Umoh, J. and Holdsworth, D.W. (2016) Microbial diversity of impact-generated habitats. Astrobiology 16: 775-786.

Josset, J.-L., Westall, F., Hofmann, B.A., Spray, J., Cockell, C.S.,  Kempe, S.,  Griffiths, A.D., Cristina de Sanctis, M., Colangeli, L., Koschny, D., Föllmi, K., Verrecchia, E.,  Diamond, L., Josset, M.,  Javaux, E.J., Esposito, F., Gunn, M., Souchon, A.L., Bontognali, T., Korablev, O., Erkman, S., Paar, G., Ulamec, S., Foucher, F., Martin, P., Verhaeghe, A., Tanevski, M., Vago, J.L.  (2016) The Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) on-board the ESA ExoMars Rover: Objectives, description, operations, and science validation activities. Astrobiology (submitted).

Moissl-Eichinger, C., Cockell, C.S., Rettberg, P. (2016) Venturing into new realms? Microorganisms in space. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 40(5): 722-737.

Payler, S.J., Biddle, J.F., Coates, A., Cousins, C.R., Cross, R.E., Cullen, D.C., Downs, M.T., Direito, S.O.L., Gray, A.L., Genis, J., Gunn, M., Hansford, G.M., Harkness, P., Holt, J., Josset, J-L., Li, X., Lees, D.S., Lim, D.S.S., McHugh, M., McLuckie, D., Meehan, E., Paling, S.M., Souchon, A., Yeoman, L., and Cockell, C.S. (2016) Planetary Science and Exploration in the Deep Subsurface: Results from the MINAR Program, Boulby Mine, UK. International Journal of Astrobiology 15: 333-344.

Stevens, A., Forgan, D., and O’Malley James, J. (2016) Observational signatures of self-destructive civilizations. International Journal of Astrobiology 15:333-344.

Bryce, C., Horneck, G., Rabbow, E., Edwards, H.G.M., and Cockell, C.S. (2015) Impact shocked rocks as protective habitats on an anoxic early Earth. International Journal of Astrobiology 14:115-122.

Cockell, C.S. (editor) (2015) The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth. Springer, Heidelberg.

Cockell, C.S. (editor) (2015) Human Governance Beyond Earth: Implications for Freedom. Springer, Heidelberg.

Cockell, C.S. (2015) Astrobiology: Understanding Life in the Universe. Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Cockell, C.S., Bush, T., Bryce, C., Direito, S., Fox-Powell, M., Harrison, J.P., Lammer, H., Landenmark, H., Martin-Torres, J., Nicholson, N., Noack, L., O’Malley-James, J., Payler, S.J., Rushby, A., Samuels, T., Schwendner, P., Wadsworth, J., and Zorzano, M.P. (2015) Habitability: A review. Astrobiology 16:89-117.

Cockell, C.S., Cousins, C., Wilkinson, P.T., Olsson-Francis, K., and Rositis, B. (2015) Are thermophilic microorganisms active in cold environments? International Journal of Astrobiology 14:457-463.

Cockell, C.S., Samuels, T., Sirks, E., Mayer, M., Friswell, I.,  Nicholson, T., Schröder, A., Nagler, K., Raguse, M., Rettberg, P., and Moeller, R. (2015) A 500-year experiment. Astronomy and Geophysics 56: 1.28-1.29.

Cousins, C.R. (2015) Volcanogenic fluvial-lacustrine environments in Iceland and their implication for identifying past habitability on Mars. Life 5:568-586.

Cousins, C.R., Cockell, C.S., and the Geobiology in Space Exploration Topical Team. (2015) An ESA Roadmap for Geobiology in Space Exploration. Acta Astronautica 118:286-295.

Direito, S., Clark, S., Cousins, C., Fujita, Y., Gluyas, J., Harley, S., Holmes, R.J., Hutchinson, I., Kudryavtsev, V.A., Lloyd, J., Main, I.G., Nayloe, M., Payler, S., Smith, N., Spooner, N.J.C., Telfer, S., Thompson, L.F., Wouters, K., Wragg, J., and Cockell, C.S. (2015) Geological Repositories: Scientific priorities and potential high technology transfer from the space sector. Mineralogical Magazine November, DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2015.079.6.

Forgan, D.H., Mead, A., Cockell, C.S., and Raven, J.A. (2015) Surface flux patterns on planets in circumbinary systems and potential for photosynthesis. International Journal of Astrobiology 14:465-478.

Harris, J.K., Cousins, C.R., Gunn, M., Grindrod, P.M., Barnes, D.P., Crawford, I.A., Cross, R., and Coates, A.J. (2015) Remote detection of past habitability at Mars-analogue hydrothermal alteration terrains using an ExoMars Panoramic Camera Emulator. Icarus 252:284-300.

Harrison, J.P., Hallsworth, J.E., and Cockell, C.S. (2015a) Reduction of the temperature sensitivity of Halomonas hydrothermalis by iron starvation combined with microaerobic conditions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81:2156-2162.

Harrison, J.P., Dobinson, L., Freeman, K., McKenzie, R., Wyllie, D., Nixon, S.L., and Cockell, C.S. (2015b) Aerobically respiring prokaryotic strains exhibit a broader temperature–pH–salinity space for cell division than anaerobically respiring and fermentative strains. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12:20150658.

Landenmark, H.K.E., Forgan, D.H., and Cockell, C.S. (2015) An estimate of the total DNA in the biosphere. PLoS Biology 13: e1002168

Martin, D. and Cockell, C.S. (2015) PELS (Planetary Environmental Liquid Simulator): A new type of simulation facility to study extraterrestrial aqueous environments. Astrobiology 15: 111-118.

Martin-Torres, F.J., Zorzano, M.P., Valentin-Serrano, P., Harri, A.M., Genzer, M., Kemppinen, O., Rivera-Valentin, E.G., Jun, I., Wray, J., Madsen, M.B., Goetz, W., McEwan, A.S., Hardgrove, C., Renno, N., Chevrier, V.F., Mischna, M., Navarro-Gonzalez, R., Martinez-Frias, J., Conrad, P., McConnochie, T., Cockell, C., Berger, G., Vasavada, A.R., Sumner, D., and Vaniman, D. (2015) Transient liquid water and water activity at Gale crater on Mars. Nature Geoscience DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2412.

Nixon, S.L. and Cockell, C.S. (2015) Nonproteinogenic D-amino acids at millimolar concentrations are a toxin for anaerobic microorganisms relevant to early Earth and other anoxic planets. Astrobiology 15:238-246.

Noack, L., Verseux, C., Serrano, P., Musilova, M., Nauny, P., Samuels, T., Schwendner, P., Simoncini, E., and Stevens, A. (2015) Astrobiology from early-career scientists’ perspective. International Journal of Astrobiology 14:533-535.

O’Malley-James, J.T., Greaves, J.S., Raven, J.A., and Cockell, C.S. (2015) In search of future Earths: Assessing the possibility of finding Earth analogues in the later stages of their habitable lifetimes. Astrobiology 15:400-411.

Samuels, T., Noack, L., Verseux, C., and Serrano, P. (2015) A new network for astrobiology in Europe. Astronomy and Geophysics 56: 2.15-2.17.

Schwieterman, E.W., Cockell, C.S., and Meadows, V.S. (2015) Nonphotosynthetic pigments as potential biosignatures. Astrobiology 15:341-361.

Stevenson, A., Burkhardt, J., and Cockell, C.S. (2015) Multiplication of microbes below 0.690 water activity: implications for terrestrial and extraterrestrial life. Environmental Microbiology 17:257-277.

Brown, S.P., Mead, A.J., Forgan, D.H., Raven, J.A., and Cockell, C.S. (2014) Photosynthetic potential of planets in 3:2 spin-orbit resonances. International Journal of Astrobiology 13:279-289.

Cockell, C.S. (2014) Trajectories of Martian habitability. Astrobiology 14:182-203.

Cockell, C.S. (2014) Habitable worlds with no signs of life. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 372:20130082.

Cockell, C.S. (2014) The 500-year microbiology experiment. Microbiology Today May:95.

Cockell, C.S. (2014) Types of habitat in the Universe. International Journal of Astrobiology 13:158-164.

Kelly, L.C., Cockell, C.S., Thorsteinsson, T., Marteinsson, V., and Stevenson, J. (2014) Pioneer microbial communities of the Fimmvörðuháls Lava Flow, Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. Microbial Ecology DOI 10.1007/s00248-014-0432-3.

O’Malley-James, J.T., Cockell, C.S., Greaves, J.S., and Raven, J.A. (2014) Swansong biospheres II: the final signs of life on terrestrial planets near the end of their habitable lifetimes International Journal of Astrobiology 13:229-243.

Perfumo, A., Elsaesser, A., Littmann, S., Foster, R.A., Kuypers, M.M.M., Cockell, C.S., and Kminek, G. (2014) Epifluorescence, SEM, TEM and nanoSIMS image analysis of the cold phenotype of Clostridium psychrophilum at subzero temperatures. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 90: 869-882.

Pontefract, A., Osinski, G.R., Cockell, C.S., Moore, C.A., Moores, J.E., and Southam, G. (2014) Impact-generated endolithic habitat within crystalline rocks of the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island, Canada. Astrobiology 14:522-533.

Cockell, C.S. and Nixon, S.L. (2013) The boundaries of life. In Smith IWM, Cockell CS, Leach, S (eds). Astrochemistry and Astrobiology. Springer, Heidelberg, pp211-242.

Cockell, C.S., Payler, S., Paling, S., and McLuckie, D. (2013) Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Laboratory. Astronomy and Geophysics 54:2.25-2.27.

Cousins, C.R., Crawford, I.A., Carrivick, J.L., Gunn, M., Harris, J., Kee, T.P., Karlsson, M., Carmody, L., Cockell, C.S., Herschy, B., and Joy, K.H. (2013) Glaciovolcanic hydrothermal environments in Iceland and implications for their detection on Mars. Journal of Volcanology and  Geothermal Research 256:61-77.

Harrison, J.P., Gheeraert, N., Tsigelnitskiy, D., and Cockell, C.S. (2013) The limits for life under multiple extremes. Trends in Microbiology 21:204-212.

Nixon, S.L., Cousins, C.R., and Cockell, C.S. (2013) Plausible microbial metabolisms on Mars. Astronomy and Geophysics 54:1.13-1.16.

O’Malley-James, J.T., Greaves, J.S., Raven, J.S., and Cockell, C.S. (2013) Swansong biospheres: refuges for life and novel microbial biospheres on terrestrial planets near the end of their habitable lifetimes. International Journal of Astrobiology 12:99-112.

Raafat, K., Burnett, J., Chapman, T, and Cockell, C.S. (2013) The physics of mining in space. Astronomy and Geophysics 54:5.10-5.12

Smith, I.W.M., Cockell, C.S., and Leach, S. (2013) Astrochemistry and Astrobiology. Springer, Heidelberg.

Nixon, S.L., Cockell, C.S., and Tranter, M. (2012) Limitations to a microbial iron cycle on Mars. Planetary and Space Science 72:116-128.