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Sara Walker

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Associate Director, ASU-SFI Center
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Deputy Director of the Beyond Center
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography

Professor Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. While there are many things to be solved, she is most interested in whether or not there are ‘laws of life’ - related to how information structures the physical world - that could universally describe life here on Earth and on other planets.

At Arizona State University she is Deputy Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Associate Director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She is also Co-founder of the astrobiology-themed social website SAGANet.org, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Marble Space. She is active in public engagement in science, with appearances at the World Science Festival and on "Through the Wormhole" and NPR's Science Friday.

Education

Dartmouth College, Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy (2010)

Florida Institute of Technology, B.S., Physics (2005)

Cape Cod Community College, A.A. Math/Science/Pre-Engineering (2003)

Research Interests

Origin of life, complex systems, astrobiology, theoretical physics

Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 106Habitable Worlds
SES 692Research
PHY 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
PHY 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 311Essentials of Astrobiology
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
PHY 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 460Astrobiology
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
PHY 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
PHY 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
PHY 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
AST 792Research
PHY 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
PHY 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
PHY 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
AST 792Research
PHY 792Research
GLG 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
PHY 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
PHY 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
PHY 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
SES 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 792Research