The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, Searching for Extremophiles

In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

Read our previous post on the project here: The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, trailers released.

THE LIFE, THE SEA AND THE SPACE VIKING // Bill Diamond+ Dr Dale Andersen+ Dr Penny Boston at the SETI Institute, Antarctica and the Crystal Caves of Mexico

In this short clip you meet Bill Diamond, President and CEO at SETI Institute, Dr Dale Andersen, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute and Dr Penny Boston, Director for Astrobiology Institute, NASA. Each of them are talking about their unique field of expertise and some of the sublime places in which they work: Antarctica for Dale, the Crystal Caves of Mexico for Penny, and the SETI Institute for Bill.

Bill Diamond, President and CEO at SETI Institute

Bill is the current President and CEO of the SETI Institute; he is a technology executive and Silicon Valley veteran.  He has over 20 years of experience in the photonics and optical communications industry, and a decade in X-ray and semiconductor processing technologies.   His corporate background spans the spectrum from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 multinationals, with responsibilities ranging from engineering and operations to sales, marketing, product management and CEO positions. Most recently, Diamond was Vice President of Sales for Oclaro, Inc. where he led the company’s penetration in optical networking of the rapidly-evolving Web 2.0 Data Center market.

Dr. Dale Andersen, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute

Dale has been a Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute’s Center for the Study of Life in the Universe since 1992.  During this time, his research has focused on microbial ecosystems in extreme environments including areas of the Arctic, Antarctic, Atacama Desert, Death Valley and Siberia. Dale’s research interests are with the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe and he has been involved with NASA’s Exobiology and Astrobiology programs since the mid 1980’s.  He is interested in locating, characterizing and understanding environments where physical and chemical conditions approach or exceed the tolerances for life. Dale has participated in field research in Polar Regions for more than 25 years having participated and led 14 expeditions to the Antarctic and over twenty-six expeditions to the Arctic.


Dr Penny Boston, Director for Astrobiology Institute, NASA

Penelope J. Boston is the associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and founder and director of the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Among her research interests are geomicrobiology of caves and mines, extraterrestrial speleogenesis, and space exploration and astrobiology. In the mid-1980s, Boston (then a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder) was one of the founders of the Mars Underground and helped organise a series of conferences called The Case for Mars. In March 2016 Boston was named the Director for NASA Astrobiology Institute.