KEVIN HAND

Speaker

Dr. Kevin P. Hand is Pre-Project Scientist for NASA’s Europa Lander mission concept and co-chair of the Europa Lander Science Definition Team. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system with an emphasis on moons of the outer solar system that likely harbor liquid water oceans. These moons are prime targets in our search for life beyond Earth. His work involves numerical modeling, laboratory experiments, instrument development, and field campaigns exploring some of Earth’s most extreme environments. His fieldwork has brought him to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the depths of the oceans, the icy permafrost of Alaska, and the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. Hand has been featured in television documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, and PBS, and in the IMAX film Aliens of the Deep. Hand is a 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.