Nathalie Cabrol

Nathalie Cabrol

Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe

Disciplines: Astrobiology

Degree/Major: Ph.D., Planetary Geology/Earth Sciences, 1991, University Paris 1, Sorbonne, France

Curriculum vitae: Nathalie_A_Cabrol_2017_Resume.pdf

Nathalie is an astrobiologist and the Director of SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center for Research where she spearheads a new multidisciplinary roadmap to bridge astrobiology and SETI. She has a background in planetary and environmental sciences, and astrobiology.

Her research focuses on the exploration of habitability and life beyond Earth. She counts over 470 peer-reviewed publications and proceedings of professional conferences and is the author of three books and 10 chapters of books on the subject of planetary science and exploration, astrobiology, and terrestrial extreme environments. Nathalie is the recipient of NASA and other research awards. She is a Carey Fellow (Wings Worldquest Women of Discovery - Air and Space, 2007), and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences since 2016. She was honored to present the Sagan Lecture at AGU in December 2016.

Nathalie has given over 400 public lectures on the subjects of planetary science, exploration, and the search for life beyond Earth, including a TED Talk in 2015. In March 2018, the New York Times Sunday Magazine featured a portrait of her work and life. Nathalie holds the women's world record for diving at altitude (scuba and free diving).

Major Awards

TED Conference 2015, invited speaker, Vancouver (2015); Keynote Speaker (2013) – First Astrobiology Conference, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago (Chile) October 8-12, 2013: Lecture title: Pathways to Planetary Exploration; Keynote Speaker, (2013) – Conferencia International, Santiago (Chile), April 2013: Lecture title: From the Andes to Kepler – A Decade of Revolution in the Search for Life Beyond Earth; Session Chair, AGU Fall session (2012): Rapid Environmental Change and the Fate of Planetary Habitability (I, II, III); Invited speaker, AGU Fall session (2010); Invited speaker, 32nd, Microbiology Symposium, Antofagasta, Chile (2010); Session Chair and Invited speaker, SPIE Conference (2010): Instruments, Methods, and Mission for Astrobiology Session; Invited speaker, SPIE Conference, San Diego (2007); Science Organizing Committee, 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference; Science Panel, NASA Summer University, NASA Ames (2009); Invited speaker, NASA Ames Director’s  Colloquium Series (2007); Invited speaker, NASA Risk and Exploration Symposium, Monterey, CA (2005).

Invited speaker (Colloquium Series), NASA Goddard Flight Center (2005).


See CV.

Technical Description of Work

Planetary geology, physical environment and climate, and evolution of planetary habitability. Exploration of extreme environments (e.g., high altitude volcanoes and mountains, lakes, deserts. Deployment of environmental and geophysical stations. Geology, geomorphology, mapping, robotic field experiments.