Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Darlene leads several NASA-funded research programs that are focused on blending field science research with the development of capabilities and concepts for future human spaceflight into deep space and Mars. She is the Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded SUBSEA, BASALT and Pavilion Lake research programs, and the Deputy PI of the NASA SSERVI FINESSE research program. Darlene has served on a number of NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group committees and was the MEPAG Goal IV (Prepare for Human Exploration) Co-Chair from 2009-2016. Darlene is a passionate promoter of science and exploration education and outreach efforts, and founded the Haven House Family Shelter STEM Explorers& Speakers Series, which from 2012 - 2015, enabled NASA and academic researchers to conduct educational sessions with homeless children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Year of Birth: 1972
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (born in Kingston, Canada)
Education: PhD Geology
Occupation: Research Scientist
Expeditions: Very happily, I can report, many! See www.darlenelimology.com for a partial list.
Favorite Place to Be: Don’t make me choose
Best Discoveries: It is possible for an Earth-based science team to have a meaningful scientific conversation with a Mars crew during an EVA despite the inherent communications latency between the two planets (see Astrobiology, Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2019). And Motherhood.
Favorite Items in the Field: A Swiss Army knife my mom gave me when I was a wee one, 5.11 Tactical Women’s Stryke field pants (oh the pockets are the best!), sun protection of any sort (wish it had been my favorite when I was younger and would have listed “sun” as a favorite field item)
Personal Heroes: Working parents who are making it work one day at a time; people who actually sleep 8-10 hours a night
Hobbies: Running, Traveling with my family, Swimming, Spinning, Supporting my kids’ hobbies, Reading (ahhh), Online shopping (according to my husband)
Advice: From my mom: “Failures are tests to see if you can handle success”; From me: If you make it to see Hamilton, bring a box of Kleenex! (Nothing worse than wiping tears away with a playbill…)