Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Expertise: Astrobiology, Hydrogeology
Affiliation: Washington State University
Ph.D., 1996, currently Associate Professor

Dr. Schulze-Makuch is currently Associate Professor at Washington State University.

His most recent scientific accomplishments are the publication of his book “Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints” (Springer Publ., Berlin, 2004) along with many refereed papers in international journals such as Astrobiology, Planetary Space and Sciences, and Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, more than 20 papers total in the last 4 years.

Among his many publications are articles that push the scientific envelope such as his papers on Scenarios for the Evolution of Life on Mars (JGR-Planets, 2005), Biologically Enhanced Energy and Carbon Cycling on Titan? (Astrobiology, 2005), A Sulfur-Based UV Adaptation Strategy for Putative Phototrophic Life in the Venusian Atmosphere (Astrobiology, 2004), and Search Parameters for the Remote Detection of Extraterrestrial Life (Planetary and Space Sciences, 2002).

His research experience is centered on the interactions of organisms with their environment, which he obtained during his previous positions at Envirogen, Inc. (Princeton Research Center) and the University of Texas at El Paso.

He also holds a patent for the use of artificial engineered media to prevent pathogenic microorganisms to reach drinking water wells.

In his spare time he trains in martial arts.


GeoBiological Groundwater Research Group