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Caitlin Casar

PhD Candidate, NASA Earth & Space Science Fellow (NESSF)

M.S. Earth and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Geology, East Carolina University, 2012
Curriculum Vitae


My research focuses on probing the deep subsurface biosphere which harbors microbial life under extreme conditions. Characterization of terrestrial subsurface communities and their biosignatures provides astrobiological insight into similar environments on other planets.

Academic Awards

2018 NASA Earth & Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)

2014 UIC Departmental Citizenship Award

Funding Awards

2014 UIC Provost Award
2013 Knourek Scholarship
2011 NAGT Fellowship

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