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Rebecca L. Mikol

Rebecca L. Mikol is currently an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Naval Research Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences from the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in August 2017. Her graduate research focused on microbiology, specifically, methanogen growth and survival under martian conditions.

How Methanogens Could Survive On Mars Despite Low Temperatures

Mars is typically considered too cold and dry to harbor any extant lifeforms. However, on Earth, microorganisms such as bacteria are found in the most extreme of environments, including under the Antarctic ice shelf and in the Atacama Desert. The […]

Searching For Life: Methane May Hold Answers To Life On Mars & The Universe

The search for life in the universe has far-reaching effects, as it would bring into question our place as humans in the cosmos. The sheer size of the universe and the wide range of environments we find species in on […]