Studies of the habitability of the Earth, the Solar System and beyond indicate that life may exist in a variety of environments, some of which were previously thought too hostile for life. Overlap in the studies of extrasolar planets and the habitability of numerous environments indicates that there might be an increasingly large number of habitable regions in the universe for life to thrive. Initial studies of habitability in newly discovered environments offer an exciting opportunity to begin to understand the parameter space that defines the carrying capacity for life in these environments. In this talk I will discuss my research on the Galactic Habitable Zone, which is described in terms of the spatial and temporal dimensions of the Galaxy that may favour the development of complex life.
Mike Gowanlock is pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science and works in the fields of astrobiology and high performance computing. He is interested in the computational methods that enable scientific simulations, in particular, those that are applied to his work on the habitability of our Galaxy.
All are welcome to attend. Since next Monday is Labor Day, our monthly first Monday social hour at Manoa Gardens will follow Mike’s talk.