UCSC Astrobiology Initiative Brings Science, Humanities, and Art Together to Study the Ethics of Space Sciences

UC Santa Cruz’s Astrobiology Initiative is an interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and prevalence of life in the universe. By probing how life forms, identifying the markers life produces, and observing our local astronomical neighborhood, astrobiology brings a 21st-century approach to the puzzle of life: what processes give rise […]


How Radioactivite Elements May Make Planets Suitable or Hostile to Life

What makes a planet suitable to life? Some researchers think that focusing on a planet’s distance from its sun — the “habitable zone” — is too narrow. A new hypothesis looks at how radioactive elements may be an important factor for life to emerge.






Inaugural UC Santa Cruz Astrobiology Science Communication Graduate Fellow: Allison Gasparini

Astrobiology focuses on the search for life beyond Earth. A core mission of the UC Santa Cruz Astrobiology Initiative is to effectively communicate with the public the science and ethics of this field. To this end, the UC Santa Cruz Astrobiology Initiative sponsors a Science Communication Graduate Fellowship. Scholars will focus their capstone Science Notes project on […]




UCSC Faculty Kick Off the Astrobiology Initiative

Befitting of the summer solstice, UCSC faculty convened to kick off the Astrobiology Initiative on June 21, 2019. This historic meeting brought together an interdisciplinary team of 22 faculty members representing a variety of departments on campus including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology (METX), Ocean Sciences, […]


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