Polar Palooza - North
Darlene LimDarlene Lim
SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center

Darlene Lim is a researcher, explorer and an enthusiastic promoter of science, based at the NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute. Since 1999, Darlene has been participating in the NASA/SETI Haughton Mars Project, an ongoing, multi-disciplinary, international effort to conduct Mars analogue studies at Haughton Crater, Devon Island, in the Canadian High Arctic. She currently heads up the Pavilion Lake Research Project, a multi-disciplinary, international research effort to map and understand the existence of unusual microbialites in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada and to investigate the early Earth analogue potential of these interesting structures. This project is supported by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the National Geographic Society, and is currently the largest scientific SCUBA diving operation in Canada.

Darlene lectures extensively on her science, as well as the importance of human space exploration. She is a member of the Steering Committee for The Mars Society, and has sat on the Board of Advisors (2002-2003) of the Mars Institute, an international NGO for the research and exploration of MarsOver the past decade, Darlene has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Canadian High Arctic, the Antarctic, throughout Central America, Guyana, U.S., Canada, and Chile. Her passion for exploring these desolate areas is driven by her desire to encounter the unknown, and her enjoyment of the challenges, hardships, and risks of conducting science at the ends of the planet.

Lim completed her Doctorate (2004) at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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