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Louisa Preston


Fellows Class:
Louisa Preston

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astrobiology

Current Organizations:

TED, The Open University


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Why extremophiles bode well for life beyond Earth - Louisa Preston

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-extremophiles-bode-well-for-life-beyond-earth-louisa-preston Life on Earth requires three things: liquid water, a source of energy within a habitable range from the sun and organic carbon-based material. But life is surprisingly resilient, and organisms called extremophiles can be found in hostile living conditions (think extreme temperatures and little access to oxygen). Louisa Preston argues why extremophiles give astrobiologists hope for life in the universe. Lesson by Louisa Preston, animation by Emanuel Friberg.

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British astrobiologist and planetary geologist studying life in Earth's most extreme environments, hoping to someday find life on Mars.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
I try to live my life as healthily as possible, so my favourite meal involves falling off the wagon and having a large roast dinner, a bacon cheeseburger and fries, or Chinese food. All this has to be followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding (US-folks pudding in the UK is not the same as pudding in the US - it is more like a cake or sponge)

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Living in
London, United Kingdom
Working in
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Born in
London, United Kingdom



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