Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center


Welcome to the Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center at Montana State University!

Our team provides a unique niche within the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), a multidisciplinary umbrella for conducting research on the origin and evolution of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.

The origin of life, sustainable energy, and global climate change are intimately linked, and the answers we seek to solve our energy needs of the future are etched into Earth’s history. ABRC’s work supports NASA’s missions, such as Mars exploration and possibilities of habitation of other worlds. Our research also focuses on the future of life on Earth. These efforts will help create the fundamental groundwork for Goal 3 (Origins of Life) of the NASA Astrobiology Roadmap.

ABRC involves investigators with expertise in geochemistry, experimental and theoretical physical chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and iron-sulfur cluster biochemistry who work to define and conduct integrated research and education in astrobiology.

We are proud of our interdisciplinary research and teaching, and are committed to communicating and educating the public about our science and helping to train and inspire the next generation of scientists.

The nearby natural laboratory of Yellowstone National Park provides ABRC with unique field research opportunities. Life in the extreme environments of Yellowstone’s thermal features is thought ot resemble conditions of early Earth. Yellowstone’s abundant and unique thermal features give researchers insights into the origin, evolution and future of life.

Whether you are a potential MSU student, a research investigator, a teacher or a citizen, we welcome you to the world of astrobiology. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and enjoy exploring our site.

Yellowstone hot springs and Aliens. What’s the connection? Find out from MSU astrobiologists.