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Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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EGU YSOPP Awardee 2006

Lewis Dartnell

for the poster entitled: Life on Mars? Modelling the subsurface radiation environment.

by Dartnell, L. R.; Ward, J. M.; Coates, A. J.

Lewis is a PhD student in CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology), University College London. He is looking into the question of whether martian life could be surviving near the surface, in terms of the hazardous flux of radiation from space. This multidisciplinary research is supported by two supervisors, a space physicist and a biochemist. He has firstly written a computer model of various scenarios to calculate likely survival times, and is now moving into lab work to follow-up on these results. Lewis also freelances as a popular science writer, website: The reviewers found the idea of assessing the potential survivability of life in the Martian subsurface outstanding.

Publications Copernicus