Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Where Captain Nemo Got It Right, and Wrong – Life in the Deep Earth

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar

Thomas Condon Lecture

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Construction and Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center

Free and open to the public. 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. reception and refreshments


From Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, to Astronaut Mark Watney stranded on Mars, we remain fascinated by the theme of Exploration.

Today we will journey with explorers past, present and future as we descend into some of the places on Earth where life ekes out an existence far from the energy of sunlight. We will discuss microorganisms that draw their energy for life not from the sun but from the power of chemistry in the deep dark places of the Earth - in subsurface habitats ranging from the black smoker vents of the ocean’s hydrothermal fields, to deep fracture waters bubbling up 3 km below the surface of northern Canada and in the gold mines of South Africa.

How did they get so deep? What do they eat? How old are they? Some of the answers will make Mark Watney wish he had looked under a few rocks.


Dr. Sherwood Lollar will also present the more technical George Moore Lecture entitled: Exploration of the Earth’s Deep Hydrogeosphere and Subsurface Microbial Life
Thursday, November 30
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall Room 102


Sponsored by the Research Office and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-737-3504 preferably one week in advance.

Barbara Sherwood Lollar