Christopher Tino

Graduate Student (PhD)

Lyons Biogeochemistry Lab

University of California, Riverside

My current research is focused on the biogeochemical history of the Nördlinger Ries meteorite impact crater in southern Germany. In particular, I aim to explore the astrobiological implications of a transient alkaline lake system that formed in the crater shortly after impact, nearly 15 million years ago. The site is a promising Mars analog, both in structure and in chemical composition.


With a background in microbiology, my graduate studies are my first extended exposure to the earth sciences. The interdisciplinary combination of these two subjects provides me with a remarkable opportunity to explore the ideas that motivate me most: novel biosignature development, microbial ecosystem evolution, microbial photosystem biochemistry, and many more.


In terms of things that can actually be seen with the naked eye, I'm an avid reader of English literature and will always be planning my next hike. Unfortunately for everyone else, I am a born-and-raised Boston sports fan.


ctino001@ucr.edu

Geology Building 1278

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