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

5 Comments on “About Me

  1. It must be said, Zena Cardman.
    You are OUT OF THIS WORLD.

    Of course, I’m sure this has already been said, quite a few times. But not on yo’ blooooooog.
    Put a flag on that mars, Z!

  2. I love you and you’re ten billion times cooler than I am. As long as I can sleep on your couch, I’m okay with this. Call me a lot ❤

  3. Zena..you do get around. Looks like you are having a blast. See you at Pavilion in 2009?

  4. Hi Zena-

    I’m a Biological Oceanographer in Hawaii. I recently came across your website, and I’m interested in what research you’re doing (have done?), who it’s under, and what grants are allowing your travels. Looks amazing!


  5. I ran across your site while checking the official Pavilion lake Project. I was one of the Deep Worker pilots in Nuytcos last project (“Finding Coral”). Send my greetings to the Nuytco guys. It was great working with them.
    Have fun in the fresh water!