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Dr. Stephanie Olson

Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Olson

Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s): Google Scholar , Personal Website , Geology & Geophysics , Planetary Sciences


  • 2018  Ph.D., Geochemistry, University of California, Riverside
  • 2013  M.S., Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011  B.S., Geology, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Dr. Olson studies the co-evolution of life and environment on Earth to guide our search for life elsewhere in the Universe.  Research topics include Earth's oxygenation, planetary habitability, and exoplanet life detection.

Selected Honors

  • T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago (2018-20)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow, University of California (2013)

Selected Publications

  1. Schwieterman E.W., Reinhard C.T.,  Olson S.L. , Harman C.E., Lyons T.W. (2019) A limited habitable zone for complex life.  Astrophysical Journal 878:  19
  2. Schwieterman E.W., Reinhard C.T., Olson S.L. , Ozaki K., Harman C.E., Lyons T.W. (2019) Rethinking CO "Anti-Biosignatures" in the Search for Life Beyond Earth. Astrophysical Journal 874: 9.
  3. Olson SL , Ostrander C, Gregory DD, Roy M, Anbar AD, Lyons TW. (2019) Volcanically modulated pyrite burial and ocean-atmosphere oxidation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 506: 417-427.
  4. Olson SL , Schwieterman EW, Reinhard CT, Ridgwell A, Meadows VS, Lyons TW. (2018) Atmospheric seasonality as an exoplanet biosignature. Astrophysical Journal Letters 858: L14.
  5. Schwieterman EW, Kiang NY, Parenteau MN, … , Olson SL , et al. (2018) Exoplanet Biosignatures: A Review of Remotely Detectable Signs of Life, Astrobiology 18: 663-708.
  6. Olson SL , Schwieterman EW, Reinhard CT, Lyons TW (2018). Earth: Atmospheric Evolution of a habitable planet, in Deeg HJ & Belmonte JA (eds), Handbook of Exoplanets .
  7. Krissansen-Totton J, Olson SL , Catling D (2018). Disequilibrium biosignatures on Earth through time and implications for remote life detection, Science Advances 4: eaao5747.
  8. Reinhard CT, Olson SL , Schwieterman EW, Lyons TW (2017) False Negatives for Remote Life Detection on Ocean-Bearing Planets: Lessons from the Early Earth. Astrobiology 17:287–297.
  9. Olson SL , Reinhard CT, Lyons TW (2016b) Cyanobacterial Diazotrophy and Earth’s Delayed Oxygenation. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1526.
  10. Olson SL , Reinhard CT, Lyons TW (2016a) Limited role for methane in the mid-Proterozoic greenhouse. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:11447–11452.
  11. Reinhard CT, Planavsky NJ, Olson SL , Erwin DH, Lyons TW (2016) Earth’s oxygen cycle and the evolution of animal life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:8933–8938.
  12. Olson SL , Kump LR, Kasting JF (2013) Quantifying the areal extent and dissolved oxygen concentrations of Archean oxygen oases. Chemical Geology 362:35–43.

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