Space Exploration at Home

A note from astronaut Yvonne Cagle thanking BMSIS scientists for assisting her with climate change education.

Distributive Earth System Science


The availability and low cost of Internet communication technology allows BMSIS researchers to function as a virtual laboratory that holds no central physical location.

Astrobiology on Earth

Armando Azua-Bustos raises the Blue Marble flag at the Lagoa do Fogo volcano on the Azores Islands.


BMSIS scientist Mark Claire contemplating the beautiful interplay of geochemistry and biology in low pH waters at Rio Tinto, Spain.

Distributive Earth System Science


The scientific pursuit of big-picture questions requires an approach of constrained imagination. The increase of communication between traditional disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and geology has spawned new multidisciplinary scientific communities that include climate science, astrobiology, cognitive science, and space exploration.

Experimental Evolution

BMSIS research scientist Betül Kaçar holding a petri dish culture of experimentally evolved E.coli, carrying a 500 million year old ancient gene component. (Photo credit: Robin Gaucher)


BMSIS Research Scientist Zach Adam pilots a DA-20 Eclipse during an aerial survey of rock outcrops in Montana as part of an effort to discover some of the oldest eukaryote fossils in the world (inset) within the 1.4 billion year old Belt Supergroup.

Distributive Earth System Science


By building upon the wealth of knowledge within disciplines and fostering communication across disciplines, these multidisciplinary communities are able to examine complex and profound philosophical questions using the tools of science.


BMSIS research scientist Sanjoy Som discusses volcanology with David Des Marais, a senior scientist at NASA Ames, while on top of the Fimmvörðuháls lava field—one of the two 2010 eruption sites of Eyjafjallajökull. (Photo credit: Rebecca Wolsey)

Mars Analog Sites

BMSIS research scientist Julia DeMarines at the HI-SEAS Mars habitat near Mauna Kea, Hawaii.