NASA / Science Night Seminar - Fall 2009

Astrobiology: Looking for Life Elsewhere in the Universe

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  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ohlone College, Jackson Theatre, Smith Center
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Colin Goldblatt, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow
  • Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis at the Smith Center Box Office starting at 6:00pm the evening of the lecture - 400 seat capacity
  • Doors open at 6:30pm

The smallest planet detected so far is about twice the size of earth, but the new Kepler space telescope, run by NASA Ames Research Center, should be able to detect Earth-like planets.

Dr. Goldblatt, NASA researcher of geochemistry and co-evolution of life and Earth's climate, will discuss the following questions:

  • Is there life on these planets?
  • What would it be like and how would we go about finding it?
  • How does studying the Earth help us answer these questions?

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Colin Goldblatt's researches the co-evolution of life and Earth's climate and geochemistry and what this tells us about whether life exists elsewhere on the universe.

  • Does life control its environment for its own benefit, or has life on Earth hung on for 4 billion years by luck?
  • How has Earth's atmosphere changed over Earth history?
  • What does this mean for the future of life on Earth?

Dr. Colin Goldblatt.Dr. Goldblatt's research focuses on the evolution of oxygen and nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere and long term climate change. Along the way, he has been involved in Antarctic oceanography, evaluating a proposed 'geoengineering' solution to climate change and evaluating the accuracy of a model for the strength of the greenhouse effect used in a climate model.

Dr Goldblatt completed his PhD in the Earth System Modelling group in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center.

Download the NASA Science Night flyer (PDF, 3.5 MB).

For more information about the NASA / Ohlone College Science Night Seminar Program, call Yvette Niccolls at (510) 659-7372.