Astrobiology and Geobiology

cockellCharles S Cockell
Professor of Astrobiology
Room 1502
James Clerk Maxwell Building
King's Buildings
University of Edinburgh

email: c.s.cockell [at]
Tel: + 44 131 650 2961



I am Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology

My lab is interested in life in extreme environments. Our particular interest is in the interactions of microbes with minerals and the function and diversity of microbes in rocky environments.

We apply this work to diverse areas in astrobiology and earth sciences.


I currently teach the pre-honours Astrobiology course (PHYS08051) and the second year Properties of Matter course (PHYS08046). I oversee (and teach on) the SUPA Astrobiology and Search for Life course (SUPAASL) and I teach and run a Massive Open On-Line Learning (MOOC) introductory course on Astrobiology (

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