Ask Us Anything: A Special Q&A SETI Talk

SETI Talks

Tags: SETI Talks, SETI Institute, Astronomy, Astrobiology, SETI

Time: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022 -

Location: Online

  • How might we find life beneath the surface of Mars?
  • Is there life in Europa’s ocean?
  • Which exoplanet is the most habitable?
  • How do we search for technosignatures with the Allen Telescope Array?
  • Will we find life in our solar system or our galaxy?
  • What is the daily routine of a SETI Institute researcher?

These are questions that you might want to ask our scientists but never had the chance. Until now. On June 29 at noon PT, we have gathered a special panel of SETI Institute scientists to answer all your questions: Paul Dalba,  Lori Fenton, Agata Zupanska, and Chenoa Tremblay.

We’ll provide several ways to ask questions, but if you want to know the answers, you’ll have to come to this month’s SETI Talks!

  • Several days before the live event, we’ll post a place on social media where you can ask questions in advance
  • When you register, we’ll give you an email where you can send questions in advance
  • We’ll take questions during the live event

This talk will be moderated by SETI Intitute planetary astronomer, Franck Marchis.

Once you register, you will be able to submit your questions in advance and vote the questions you really want answered – just check your email for details!

Paul Dalba


Paul Dalba, a researcher at the SETI Institute and 51 Pegasi b Fellow of the Heising-Simons Foundation, leads the Giant Outer Transiting Exoplanet Mass Survey (GOT ’EM), a program at Keck Observatory and Lick Observatory to determine the masses of exoplanets and also an astronomer for the citizen science program of Unistellar.


Lori Fenton

Lori Fenton, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute since 2006 whose primary research interests include aeolian geomorphology (how wind shapes a planet’s surface) on Venus, Earth, Mars, and Titan; recent and ongoing climate changes; and the mobility of wind-blown sand and dust.

Agata Zupanska


Agata Zupanska is a plant space biologist with an extensive experience in spaceflight experiments, including experiments launched to the ISS and performed on parabolic flights or starfighter jets. Before joining the SETI Institute, she worked for many years at the UF Space Plants Lab with Dr. Ferl and Dr. Paul. Her research focuses on plant responses to deep space environments, notably the spaceflight microgravity and cosmic ionizing radiation. This will advance our understanding of the limits of terrain life and contribute to designing plant habitats for human spaceflight exploration to search for life elsewhere. 


Chenoa Tremblay

Chenoa Tremblay,  a researcher who joined the SETI Institute this year as a radio astronomer, is working on the new Commensal Open-Source Multimode Interferometric Cluster (COSMIC) for the Jansky Very Large Array designed to complete an all-sky search for extraterrestrial intelligence. She also leads a team that studies the search for life at low radio frequencies using telescopes in Australia.