About Me

I’m Zena Cardman. I studied biology, marine science, and poetry at UNC Chapel Hill, where I also finished a Masters in hydrothermal vent microbiology.  These days I’m a geobiologist at Penn State, exploring microbe-rock interactions underground.  I’ve also worked for the Palmer LTER in Antarctica, play with NASA at the Pavilion Lake and BASALT Research Projects, and sometimes pick up odd jobs like sailing as an engineer with the Sea Education Association.

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“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls.”  –Carl Sagan