Margaret Birmingham

Margaret Birmingham
  • PhD Candidate


Advisor: Alison Olcott


B.S. in Biochemistry, Saint Vincent College, 2018
M.S. in Geology, University of Kansas, 2020


Meg is currently working on an NAI project entitled Oceans Across Space and Time. Her research focuses on biosignature 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 Interests:

Life detection in gypsum
Acidic, hypersaline systems
Fluid inclusions


GEOL 103- Geology Fundamentals Laboratory
BIOL 152- Principles of Organismal Biology Laboratory

Awards & Honors

2019 Association for Women Geoscientists Osage Chapter Graduate Research Scholarship


Secretary, Geology Graduate Student Organization, 2023-24
Treasurer, Geology Graduate Student Organization, 2022-23
President, Association of Women Geoscientists, 2021-22, 2022-23