Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.

This interdisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to challenges on Earth and in outer space. Astrobiology addresses the question of whether life exists beyond Earth, and how humans can detect it if it does.

Research in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at UNSW concentrates on planetary science, the origin and early evolution of life, modern analogues for ancient life, and takes a role in understanding how to integrate these areas of science with science communication in the wider student and public community.

Current astrobiology research in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences focuses on Precambrian Research - recognising that the origin, and nature of life during the first four billion years of Earth's history is of fundamental importance to astrobiology.

You can check out some Current Precambrian Astrobiology Research Projects here.


If you are interested in pursuing a research degree in Astrobiology, you can click here to look for potential supervisors.