University of Southern California
2009-2010 Distinguished Lecturer
Intraterrestrial Microbial Life Below the Bottom of the Ocean

In 1986, scientists sailing in the Pacific Ocean with the Ocean Drilling Program made an astonishing discovery. In sediments collected from 850 meters below the seafloor, they identified that microbes were living and thriving in an environment not previously known to contain life.

This discovery has spawned a new field of research on the “deep biosphere” with researchers exploring how life persists and evolves at hostile temperatures and pressures.

Dr. Edwards will speak about current research focused on this formerly  unknown world.


November 19, 2009 – East Carolina University
November 17, 2009 – Pennsylvania State University
December 2, 2009 – The SEA Lab/Los Angeles Conservation Corps
April 16, 2010 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
April 19, 2010 – Converse College
April 21, 2010 – Hood College
April 23, 2010 – Rutgers University