Schuyler R. Borges
Schuyler is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University interested in the remote and in situ detection of biosignatures on Earth, Mars, and exoplanets using Antarctic analogs. They are currently working with Prof. Mark Salvatore (Schuyler’s primary advisor) and others in the McMurdo Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project to remotely characterize diverse microbial communities in Taylor Valley, Antarctica using WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 satellite imagery and field-based spectral measurements. Schuyler is also working with Ty Robinson in to understand the limits of detecting these Antarctic microorganisms on exoplanets. Other projects include investigating the microbial role in the formation of rock coatings in Antarctica and their comparison to other rock coatings found in hot springs and potentially on Mars.