Astrobiology by its very nature requires highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research approaches containing elements of geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, microbiology, and robotics. Thus. a broad-based, integrative multidisciplinary training program envisioned by CATP must have two fundamental assets to succeed – a research team with wide-ranging scientific interests and the research resources to permit the training. The CATP has both in abundance.
CATP will be offered by leading scientists from 2 of the major nodes of astrobiology and planetary research in Canada: Quebec (McGill) and Ontario (UWO, McMaster, University of Toronto) as well the U. Winnipeg. CATP members possess a wide range of expertise and are currently performing astrobiology research at the a large number of Canadian analogue sites and have established collaborations with leading scientists at international agencies, including NASA and ESA.
CATP researchers represent a critical mass and breadth of scientific expertise encompassing the 4 thematic domains and are highly complementary. All possess established records of research achievements and prior training success.
The CATP Investigators, Institutes, and Expertises are as follows:
|Dr. Lyle Whyte||McGill University||Cryomicrobiology|
Co - Investigators
|Dr. J. Nadeau||Biophysics|
|Dr. W. Pollard||Cryogeomorphology|
|Dr. H. Vali||Biosignatures|
|Dr. B. Wing||Precambrian biogeochemistry, Stable isotopes|
|Dr. R. Pudritz||Astrophysics, Exoplanets|
|Dr. G. Slater||Isotope biogeochemistry, Extremophiles|
University of Toronto
|Dr. B. Sherwood Lollar||Methane Biosignatures, Stable Isotope Geochemistry|
University of Western Ontario
|Dr. N. Banerjee||Biosignatures, Stable isotope biogeochemistry|
|Dr. G. Osinski||Mars Habitats, polar analogues|
University of Winnipeg
|Dr. E. Cloutis||Planetary Spectroscopy|