Distinguished Professor Receives Honorary Appointment at the University of St. Andrews

Timothy Lyons is a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences

Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences and leader of the Alternative Earths Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the UCR Astrobiology Center, has been awarded an honorary professorship in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. Lyons will use this opportunity to conduct collaborative research with the astrobiology team at St. Andrews, which includes former UCR post-doctoral researcher Eva Stüeken.

The researchers will combine their skills and expertise to continue their search for habitable worlds and life beyond Earth. This spring, researchers from UCR and St. Andrews will travel to Rio Tinto, an acidic river system and ancient mining district in southwestern Spain. This river provides an opportunity to look for exotic lifeforms that thrive under harsh conditions and is helping to guide the search for life on Mars.

“Astrobiology is a relatively new area of research at St. Andrews, so this partnership will act as a catalyst to stimulate shared research interests and international educational opportunities that benefit faculty and students at both universities,” Lyons said.

Lyons’ initial appointment will last through August 2020.

-Sarah Nightingale

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