Hydrocarbons through time and their implications for the field of Astrobiology
Mostly when we think of the fossil record we think of physical fossils, but many organisms leave behind chemical fossils as well. These chemical fossils – biomarkers - can provide complementary information to the physical fossil record. Recent research has shown that life may have a terrestrial origin in Hot Spring pools, so I study biomarkers in modern and fossilised hot springs in order to learn more about the origin of life, and to learn about preservation processes that may guide us in the search for life on Mars.
Supervisor: Professor Martin Van Kranendonk
Teece, B.L., George, S.C., Brock, G.A, 2018, Stromatolite Construction, Biofacies and Biomarkers in the Lower Cambrian Hawker Group, Arrowie Basin, South Australia, Australian Exploration Geoscience Conference, Feb 18-21, Sydney, Australia
Teece, B.L., George, S.C., Brock, G.A, 2018, Using Mars Rover Techniques to investigate Early-Middle Cambrian Microbialites from the Arrowie Basin, South Australia, The Australasian Astrobiology Meeting, June 25-26, Rotorua, New Zealand
Teece, B.L., George, S.C., Brock, G.A, 2018, Lower-middle Cambrian microbialites from South Australia: architecture, ecology & biogeochemistry, International Conference on Ediacaran and Cambrian Sciences, August 12-16, Xi’an, China
Campbell, K.A., Djokic, T., Ruff, S.W., Teece, B.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Farmer, J.D., Sriaporn, C., Handley, K.M., Millan, M., Guido, D.M., 2018, Origin and significance of opaline silica deposits at Columbia Hills, Fourth landing site workshop for the Mars 2020 rover mission, October 16-18, Glendale, USA
Teece, B.L., George, S.C., Djokic, T., Campbell, K.A., Ruff, S.W., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Hydrocarbons and hot springs; looking at analogues in the quest for life on Mars, Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference, December 3-7, Canberra, Australia