Welcome to the LotE Lab


I am a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida. I am looking for motivated graduate students to join my Life on the Edge Lab.

Feel free to contact me at my UFL email: amywilliams1 “at” ufl.edu.



My research focuses on the interaction between microbial life, the geochemical environment, and the rock record on Earth, and how to recognize habitable environments and potentially preserved microbial life on Mars and the outer world moons.
My research group’s interests range from microbial textures preserved in modern and ancient iron- and silica-dominated systems, to the aqueous geochemistry of urbanized stream systems and acid mine drainage systems, to the sedimentology and geochemistry of Mars.
I am a member of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover science team, and research the preservation of textural and molecular biosignatures and how they could be detected in Gale Crater, Mars, with the instrument suite onboard Curiosity.
amywilliams1 “at” ufl.edu
Department of Geological Sciences
270 Williamson Hall
1843 Stadium Road
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
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