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A281 - Astrobiology Instructors - Spring 2014

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Meech Karen is a faculty member at the UH Institute for Astronomy. Her research specialty includes comets and their relation to the delivery of water to the inner solar system. She leads the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Hawaii (UHNAI), and has been a Co-I on several space missions.
Nassir Mike is an instructor in the Department of Physics and astronomy. He's also excellent at running Starlab and planetarium shows.
Stephenson James is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in evolutionary biology, assessing how life selected the 20 amino acids out of a possible chemical landscape of thousands. James is working with Stephen Freeland.
Doyle Trish is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the area of cosmochemistry and meteorites.
Hermalyn Brendan is a SOEST Young Investigator who specializes in impact cratering and instrumentation.
Chiang Hsin-Fang is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow working on star formation with UHNAI faculty on the Big Island.
Hallis Lydia is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow working with faculty in SOEST looking at Mars meteorites and working on the problem of the origin of Earth's water.
Keane Jacqueline is a former UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow now working with Karen Meech on comets with a specialty in interstellar chemistry.
Kleyna Jan is a former UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow now working with Karen Meech on main belt comets and discovering comets with the Pan STARRS telescope on Maui.
Riesen Timm is a former UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow now working with Karen Meech on comets. Timm is also a specialist in space instrumentation, having worked on some of the Rosetta space mission experiments.
Berdyugina Svetlana is a senior NASA Fellow working with the UHNAI team at UH. She specializes in polarimetric studies for detecting small amounts of trace gases in exoplanetary atmospheres.

Last modified: February 10, 2014
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu
Freeland Stephen is a UHNAI investigator, and our team Project Manager, specializing in evolutionary biology. Bowers Bob is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow working with team members in the oceanography to study the deep sub-seafloor biosphere. Yang Bin is a UHNAI Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in comets and small bodies in the asteroid belt.