Planets and Life Graduate Seminar
Astro / EPS 250

Wednesdays 1-3 pm
544 Campbell Hall
Faculty Instructor: Imke de Pater
Postdoc instructors: Heather Knutson, Margaret Pan
544 Campbell Hall

DATE
READING ASSIGNMENTS
DISCUSSION LEADERS

January 20

Introduction to “Planets and Life”, Ch. 14 in Fundamental Planetary Sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Habitability, Lissauer and de Pater, in prep.

Imke de Pater
January 27
  1. Biological Thermodynamics: Chapter 7, “Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach” J.I. Lunine. 2005. Pearson Education Inc. ISBN 0-8083-8042-6
  2. Nisbet and Sleep, Habitat and Nature of early life, Nature 2001.
  1. Imke
  2. J. Sculley
February 3
    Guest Speaker: Kevin Zahnle, NASA/ AMES
  1. Evolution of metabolism and Early microbial communities: Chapter 11, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Kasting & Catling, 2003, Evolution of a habitable planet: (Ann.Rev. 41, 429-463)
  1. J. Emerson
  2. K. Zahnle
February 10
    SPEAKER CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
  1. Origin and architecture of Life: Chapter 6, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Johnson, A.P., Cleaves, H.J., et.al., 2008, The Miller Volcanic Spark Discharge Experiment, Science, Vol 322, p. 404.
  3. Mansy et al., 2008: Template-directed synthesis of a genetic polymer in a model protocell
  1. I. de Pater & S. Luszcz
  2. I. de Pater
  3. S. Luszcz
February 17
  1. Origin of cellular life: Chapter 9, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Titan and Enceladus: review from TANDEM mission concept, pp. 1-29
  1. J. Scala
  2. T. McEnulty
February 24
    Guest speaker: Tori Hoehler, NASA/ AMES
  1. Hoehler, 2007: An Energy Balance Concept for Habitability
  2. Hand et al., 2007: Energy, Chemical Disequilibrium, and Geological  Constraints on Europa.
  1. T. Hoehler
  2. H. Knutson
March 3
  1. Limits of carbon life on Earth and elsewhere Ch. 14 , “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Schulze-Makuch and Grinspoon, 2005.   Biologically Enhanced Energy and Carbon Cycling on Titan?
  1. S. Airieau
  2. M. Adamkovics
March 10
    Guest Speaker: Chris McKay, NASA/ AMES
  1. Extremophiles: Life in ice, Ch. 15, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. McKay et al. 2008: The Possible Origin and Persistence of Life on Enceladus and Detection of Biomarkers in the Plume. 
  1. C. McKay
  2. T. McEnulty
March 17
  1. Earliest records of life on Earth, Ch. 12, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Martin et al, Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life, Nature reviews, 2008
  1. M. Pan
  2. S. Cook
March 24 Spring Break  
March 31
    Guest Speaker: Lynn Rothschild, NASA/ AMES
  1. Rothschild and Manicelli, 2001. Life in extreme environments, Nature 409
  2. Williams et al (2009), White paper on Io  
  1. L. Rothschild
  2. I. de Pater
April 7
  1. Origin, diversification of eukariotes, and life: Ch. 13, “Planets and Life: The emerging science of astrobiology”. 2007. Ed. Woodruff Sullivan & John Baross. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82421-7
  2. Atreya et al., 2007. Methane and related trace species on Mars: Origin, loss,  implications for life, and habitability   
  1. H. Firestone
  2. B. Price
April 14
    Guest Speaker: Charles Marshall, UC Berkeley, Paleontology Museum Director
  1. Pace et al: 1986, Ribosomal RNA Phylogeny and the Primary Lines of Evolutionary Descent
  2. Woese et al, 1990. Towards a natural system of organisms: Proposal for the domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya.
  3. Marshall, C., 2006:  Explaining the Cambrian “Explosion” of Animals
  1. J. Emerson
  2. J. Emerson
  3. C. Marshall
April 21
    Guest Speaker: Margaret Race, SETI
  1. Chivian, D. et al.  Environmental Genomics Reveals a Single-Species Ecosystem Deep Within Earth, Science Vol. 322, no. 5899, pp. 275 - 278 (10 October 2008)
  2. Lin, L-H et al. Long-Term Sustainability of a High-Energy, Low-Diversity Crustal Biome, Science Vol. 314, no. 5798,  pp. 479 – 482 (20 October 2006)
  1. J. Emerson (finish by 2pm)
  2. T. McEnulty
April 28
  1. Kaltenegger, 2007. Spectral Evolution of an Earth-like Planet, ApJ 658: 598-616.
  2. Kaltenegger, L. and D. Sasselov, 2010, Detecting Planetary Geochemical Cycles on Exoplanets: Atmospheric Signatures and the Case of SO2, ApJ 708: 1163-1167.
  3. Projecting responses of aquatic food webs to climate change: synthesizing ecological data and models with a new paleoproductivity indicator (no reading) [abstract]
  1. L. Walkowicz
  2. L. Walkowicz
  3. J. Scully