NSN Webinar: Stromatolites: Windows into the Ancient Earth

NSN Webinar: Stromatolites: Windows into the Ancient Earth

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Image courtesy Jamie Foster

 On May 21, 2019, Night Sky Network members joined DrJamie Foster as she shared the story of the ancient Earth, and how it can help us understand the potential for life on other planets. The recording will be posted shortly.

Stromatolites are rock-like structures made by the activities of microbes. Stromatolites represent one of the earliest ecosystems on the planet with fossils dating back billions of years. These ecosystems can serve as important windows into the past and help understand the ancient Earth. In this talk, I will highlight some of the important ways stromatolites have helped transform the evolution of life and the Earth itself. I will also discuss the new frontiers in stromatolite research and how it may help guide us in the search for life beyond the biosphere.

About Jamie Foster

Dr. Jamie Foster is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida and her research program is dedicated to examining the interactions between microbial communities and their surrounding environments. Whether its stromatolites or squid, Jamie is working to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that microbes use to adapt and respond to changes in the environment. 

Last Update: May 23, 2019

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NSN Webinar: Stromatolites: Windows into the Ancient Earth

On May 21, 2019, members of the NASA Night Sky Network heard Jamie Foster share with us the story of the ancient Earth, and how it can help us understand the potential for life on other planets.

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