About

Started in 2007, the Wisconsin Astrobiology Research Consortium (WARC) currently involves a research and outreach team of 14 lead investigators. In toto, 57 people from 24 institutions in eight countries are involved in WARC activities. These investigations are innovative in their scope, drawing together scientists from the fields of astrochemistry, geology, microbiology, chemistry, and engineering, where the over-arching goal is detection of life and its environments. Centered in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, major collaborating institutions as part of WARC include the Jet Propulsion LaboratoryGeorge Washington UniversityUCLACurtin University, CaltechMontana State University, and Furman University.

Funding for WARC comes primarily through the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) via “Cooperative Agreement Notices” (CANs), but substantial additional funding also comes from various public and private sources administered through UW-Madison. Our first grant was under the fourth NAI funding cycle (“CAN-4”; 2007-2012), and our current grant is under cycle 6 (“CAN-6”; 2013-2017). Each funding cycle is for 5-6 years, at a funding level of ~$7M-$8M.

More information about WARC may be found from the following sources:

Research

Prof. Clark Johnson
(Principal Investigator)
Department of Geoscience
1215 W. Dayton Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-1710
E-mail: clarkj@geology.wisc.edu

Education and Public Outreach

Ms. Brooke Norsted
Assistant Director, Geology Museum
Department of Geoscience
1215 W. Dayton Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-1412
E-mail: brooke@geology.wisc.edu

Administration

Ms. Michelle Szabo
Department of Geoscience
1215 W. Dayton Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-9265
E-mail: michelle@geology.wisc.edu