Nathalie Cabrol
Director, Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe

Cabrol, who has been with the Institute since 1998, is an astrobiologist specializing in planetary science, and is deeply involved in efforts to explore and characterize Mars.  She also develops exploration strategies for the moons of the outer solar system where the conditions essential for the origin and sustenance of life are present.  She is conducting research at Mars analog sites in the Andes, and in particular the adaptation strategies of life in these extreme environments.  Cabrol was the spokesperson for the selection of Gusev crater as the landing site for the Spirit Rover, and is a science team member for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Cabrol has extensively published in academic journals, and is the author of several books on the subjects of planetary science and terrestrial extreme environments.  She is the recipient of NASA and other research awards. Cabrol is a Wings Worldquest Carey Fellow and was elected Air and Space Wings Worldquest Woman of Discovery. She is a frequent lecturer in both academic and public settings.