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Dr. Kevin Webster

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Associate Research Scientist

Currently resides in AZ
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Enceladus, Europa, Mars
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Atmospheres, Climate, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Field Work, Geology, Mass spectrometry
Instruments: Mass spectrometers

Research Interests

My research focuses on the interactions between life and the environment. I am particularly interested in parsing how biological and abiotic factors influence the environment and distinguishing these factors from each other. My research interests span questions that pertain to environmental science and astrobiology. I am also interested in the thermodynamic controls on biological metabolism and how thermodynamics influenced the origin of life and shapes life on exoplanets. I am currently based out of Wisconsin.


Professional History

2020 – Current: Assistant Professor, Diné College, Department of STEM

2018 – Current: Associate Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

2018 – 2019: Senior Research Associate, University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science

2017: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Honors and Awards

NASA Astrobiology Institute Santander Summer School Scholar 2014

Chevron Fellow, IU Bloomington 2011-2012

Member of ΦΒΚ (Phi Beta Kappa)

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