Dale Andersen is a biologist whose interests are the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. His research takes him to extreme environments such as Chile's Atacama Desert, the ancient permafrost of Siberia, the world's northernmost lakes and springs in the Canadian high Arctic, and the depths of the polar oceans. "My work in the polar regions has involved a lot of underwater time in remote areas," says Andersen, "and over the years I have made close to a thousand dives beneath thick ice of lakes and oceans." Dale helped pioneer scientific research diving in the perennially ice-covered lakes of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Bunger Hills. He was part of the first team to use remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology in the Antarctic to explore lake and marine environments. Dale has worked with NASA's Exobiology and Astrobiology programs and is currently a Principal Investigator with the SETI Institute's Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.
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