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Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences Katrina J. Edwards’ discoveries centered on life forms beneath the ocean floor, also called “intraterrestrial life.” Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Katrina J. Edwards, 46

October 29, 2014

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences at USC Dornsife, a leader in the field of geomicrobiology, has died. She was 46. Edwards of South Pasadena, California, died peacefully on Oct. 26 after…

Researcher Josh West treks through a valley in Peru in search of evidence of chemical weathering of rocks as they erode. Photo by Mark Torres.

The Biggest Natural Recycler

March 21, 2014

Researchers from USC and Nanjing University in China have documented evidence suggesting that part of the reason that the Earth has become neither sweltering like Venus nor frigid like Mars lies with a built-in atmospheric…

Jan Amend, who is affiliated with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, is leading a $6.7 million project to develop approaches for detecting and characterizing microbial life in the subsurface. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Life Underground

August 1, 2013

USC Dornsife researchers have embarked on a five-year project to look for microorganisms hundreds of meters below the surface — in deep mineshafts, boreholes and other sites — as part of the search for the limits…

USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards delivers a lecture after receiving the 2012 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science during a recent ceremony at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo by Kelly Bentham.

Oceanographer Makes Waves

November 16, 2012

Katrina Edwards, professor of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies in USC Dornsife, has been awarded the 2012 A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science. She is the third woman to receive…

Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, will lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers in an investigation into what life teems within Earth's subsurface biosphere. Their approach could become a template for collecting evidence of life or past life on extraterrestrial planetary bodies such as Mars. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Detecting Life Beyond Earth

September 21, 2012

A team of researchers led by Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been selected to join the prestigious NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), an organization of competitively…

USC Dornsife professor Katrina Edwards will lead the two-month trip to a site known as the North Pond.

A Search for Life at the Earth’s Extremes

September 16, 2011

A USC scientist will take a research expedition this month into the heart of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean to explore the very limits of life on Earth. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife and Wolfgang Bach of Bremen University will…