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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, Exoplanets, Mars
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Atmospheres, Climate, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Field Work, Geology, Mass spectrometry
Instruments: Mass spectrometers

Research Interests

Dr. Kevin Webster is interested in the interactions between life and the environment. He is particularly interested in parsing how biological and abiotic factors influence the evironment and distinguishing these factors from each other. During his dissertation, he focussed on the mechanism responsible for consuming the greenhouse gas methane in caves and determined that methane is consumed in caves on earth by microorganisms. He is currently developing methods to understand if cave air is functioning as a biosignature. Dr. Webster is also interested in thermodynamic controls on biological metabolism and how thermodynamics influenced the origin of life and shapes life on exoplanets.

Professional History

Dr. Webster earned his PhD in the Department of Geological Sciences from Indiana University in 2017. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Arizona in 2017. He joined the Planetary Science Institute as an Associate Research Scientist in 2018.

Honors and Awards

NASA Astrobiology Institute Santander Summer School Scholar 2014

Nat. Sci. Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention 2013

Chevron Fellow, IU Bloomington 2011-2012

Member of ΦΒΚ (Phi Beta Kappa)

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