"Astrobiology: Origin and Distribution of Life in the Universe" Jean-Luc Margot Ph.D. / Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA
One of the greatest discoveries imaginable is the discovery of life on another world. The cosmos is replete with planets and with the ingredients for life, so the prospect for the existence of life on other planets is quite good. Is there intelligent life out there? If we find a civilization that can communicate, it will almost certainly be far more advanced than we are.
Professor Margot studies the formation and evolution of habitable worlds with students and postdocs in a lively research group. His group conducts research with a variety of telescopes and spacecraft data, including the largest telescope on Earth at Arecibo in Puerto Rico, the Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and the Hubble and Kepler Space Telescopes.