Margaret Birmingham

Margaret Birmingham
  • PhD Student

Contact Info


Advisor: Alison Olcott


B.S. in Biochemistry, Saint Vincent College
M.S. in Geology, University of Kansas


Meg is currently working on an NAI project entitled Oceans Across Space and Time. Her research focuses on life preservation in gypsum to further life detection on relict ocean worlds. With field sites ranging from the US to Spain to Australia, Meg studies a wide variety of past and present hypersaline systems to better understand how microbes and microorganisms are preserved over time in salts.

Research Interest:

  • Paleobiogeochemistry
  • Life detection in gypsum
  • Acidic, hypersaline systems
  • Fluid inclusions

Awards & Honors

2019 Association for Women Geoscientists Osage Chapter Graduate Research Scholarship