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Victoria Suzanne Meadows is a Professor with the Astronomy Department and Director of the Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington. She is also the Principal Investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team and the chair of the NAI Focus Group on Habitability and Astronomical Biosignatures (HAB). The research direction of the team is to create computer models that can be used to understand planet formation, stability and orbital evolution, and to simulate the environment and spectra of planets that can potentially be habitable.
Meadows’ main research focus is to determine processes to identify whether an extrasolar planet is able to support life. With her Virtual Planetary Laboratory, she develops computer models to understand the process by which planets form, their stability and orbital evolution. The models are used to help design and develop planet detection missions.
Winner of the 2018 Drake Award for her contributions to the field of astrobiology and her work as a researcher, leader and inspiration for everyone working in her field.
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- "Victoria Meadows, Astronomy". University of Washington.
- "Welcome to the Virtual Planetary Laboratory". washington.edu.
- Skibba, Ramin (October 21, 2016). "Kepler Finds Scores of Planets around Cool Dwarf Stars". Scientific American. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Victoria Meadows". scholar.google.com. Google Scholar Citations. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
- "Scientist Seeking Signs of Extraterrestrial Life to Receive the SETI Institute's Drake Award | SETI Institute". www.seti.org. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
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- Google Scholar Citations
- Victoria Meadows' page at NASA Quest
- Profile at Virtual Planetary Laboratory
- YouTube interview
- NASA Astrobiology Projects
- Where Life Is: The Search for a Planet Like Ours
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