Journal Papers


  • K. L. Lynch, B. H. Horgan, J. Munakata-Marr, J. Hanley, R. J. Schneider, K. A. Rey, J. R. Spear, W.A. Jackson and S. M. Ritter (2015). Near-infrared spectroscopy of lacustrine sediments in the Great Salt Lake Desert: An analog study for Martian paleolake basins. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120(3): 599-623. DOI: 0.1002/2014JE004707

  • K L. Lynch, K. Rey, R. J. Schneider, J. F. Biddle, J. R. Spear, and J. Munakata-Marr (2015). Microbial diversity of hypersaline paleolake sediments along a geological transect in the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah. (In Preparation)

  • K. L. Lynch, W. A. Jackson, J. R. Spear, J. Munakata-Marr (2015). Biogeochemical Hunting: Investigating the nature and fate of naturally occurring perchlorate in the Pilot Valley Basin, Utah. (In Preparation)

  • K. L. Lynch, J. Munakata-Marr, N. Almaraz, N. Sheldon, K. A. Rey, J. R. Spear, S. M. Ritter (2015). Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures from a Hypersaline Desert Playa. (In Preparation)

Conference Papers

  • K. L. Lynch, B. H. Horgan, J. Munakata-Marr, J. Hanley, R. J. Schneider, K. A. Rey, J. R. Spear, W.A. Jackson and S. M. Ritter. "Microbial Ecology of Hypersaline Paleolake Sediments Along a Geological Transect in the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah: A Habitability Model for Early Mars. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). June 15-19th, 2015. Chicago, IL

  • K. L. Lynch, J. Munakata Marr, B. H. Horgan, K. A. Rey, R. J. Schneider, S. M. Ritter, J. R. Spear. Reflectance Spectra of Great Salt Lake Desert Sediments as Analogue Materials for Martian Paleolake Basins. 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. #2973 March 18-22nd, 2013. Woodlands, TX.

  • K. L. Lynch, K. M. McGuire, S. M. Ritter, R. J. Schneider, J. Munakata Marr. The Great Salt Lake Desert: Exploring the Habitability of Paleolakes on Earth and Mars. Third Conference on Early Mars: Geologic, Hydrologic, and Climatic Evolution and the Implications for Life. #1680. May 21st -25th, 2012. Lake Tahoe, Nevada. (Poster)

  • K. L. Lynch. Development of Automated Sample Extraction and Preparation System for Astrobiology in situ Research Applications. 62nd International Astronautical Congress. Space Life Sciences Symposium, Session: Astroboilogy & Exploration. IAC-11-A1.5.8. October 3-7th, 2011. Cape Town, South Africa.

  • K. L. Lynch, I. B. Smith, K. N. Singer, M. F. Vogt, D. G. Blackburn, M. Chaffin, M. Choukroun, N. Ehsan, G. A. DiBraccio, L. J. Gibbons, D. Gleeson, B. A. Jones, A. LeGall, T. McEnulty, E. Rampe, C. Schrader, L. Seward, C. C. C. Tsang, P. Williamson, J. Castillo, C. Budney. The Ganymede Interior Structure, and Magnetosphere Observer (GISMO) Mission Concept. 42nd Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. March 7-11th, 2011

  • B. A. Jones, M. F. Vogt, M. Chaffin, M. Choukroun, N. Ehsan, L. J. Gibbons, K. L. Lynch, K. N. Singer, D. G. Blackburn, G. A. DiBraccio, D. Gleeson, B. A. Jones, A. LeGall, T. McEnulty, E. Rampe, C. Schrader, L. Seward, C. C. C. Tsang, P. Williamson, J. Castillo, C. Budney. Concept for a New Frontiers Mission to Ganymede: A Planetary Science Summer School Study. IEEE Aerospace Systems Conference. March 5th-12th, 2011. Big Sky, Montana. Paper #1783.

  • S. P. Kounaves, I. I. Brown, C. Galindo, A. Hoehn, J. Kapit, K. L. Lynch, D. McKay, S. A. Sarkisova, and S. M. M. Young. Detection of Microbial Life in Soil Based on Minimal Assumptions Using Measurements of Physical and Chemical Changes Induced by Growth. 7th International Conference on Mars. July 2007, Pasadena, CA.

  • A. Hoehn, K. Lynch, J. Clawson, J. Freeman, J. Kapit, S. M. M. Young, S. P. Kounaves, I. I. Brown. Microbial Detection Array (MDA), A Novel Instrument for Unambiguous Detection of Microbial Metabolic Activity in Astrobiology Applications. International Conference on Environmental Systems, July 2007, Chicago, IL, USA.

  • C. Stoker, S. Dunagan, T. Stevens, R. Amils, J. Gomez-Elvira, D. Fernandez, J. Hall, K. Lynch, H. Cannon, J. Zavaleta, B. Glass, L. Lemke. Mars Analog Rio Tinto Experiment (MARTE): 2003 Drilling Campaign to Search for a Subsurface Biosphere at Rio Tinto, Spain. 35th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. #2025. March 15-19th, 2004. League City, TX.

  • N.R. Wainwright, A. Child, K. Williams, A. Baker, F. Jordan, K. Lynch, and J. Hedgecock. Miniaturized instrument for planetary protection and life detection. International Conference on Environmental Systems. July, 2003.

Conference Presentations

  • K. L. Lynch, B. H. Horgan, J. Hanley, K. A. Rey, R. J. Schneider, W.A. Jackson, Scott Ritter, J. R. Spear, J. Munakata Marr. Near-Infrared Spectrscopy of sediments in the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah: Analogs for Lacustrine Environments on Early Mars. Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Annual Conference. October 16-18th, 2014. Los Angeles, CA.

  • K. L. Lynch. Investigating the Habitability of Paleolake Basins on Earth and Mars. Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Annual Conference. October 16-18th, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. (Invited)

  • K. L. Lynch, J. R. Spear, and J. Munakata Marr. Microbial Diversity in Hypersaline Sediments of the Great Salt Lake Desert. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. October 27-30th, 2013. Denver, CO. (Poster)

  • K. L. Lynch. Microbial Diversity in Hypersaline Sediments of the Great Salt Lake Desert. Gordon Research Conference on Geobiology: Microbe-Mineral Interactions, Biomineralization, and the Rock Record. January 27th-February 1st, 2013. Ventura, CA. (Poster)

  • K. L. Lynch. The Great Salt Lake Desert: Exploring the Habitability of Paleolakes on Earth and Mars. 8th Astrobiology Graduate Research Conference (AbGradCon). August 26th-30th. 2012 Pasadena, CA.

  • K. L. Lynch and K. Zabrusky. The Great Salt Lake Desert: A Potential Mars Analog Environment. Geobiology in Space Exploration Workshop. February 7-9th, 2011. Marrakesh, Morocco. (poster)

  • K. L. Lynch, K. Zabrusky, R. Lossing, T. Hoehler & J. R. Spear. Geobiological Assessment of Evaporite Deposits in the Great Salt Lake Desert: Preliminary Results. 2010 American Geophysical Uniom (AGU) Fall Meeting. December 13-17th, 2010. San Francisco, CA. (poster)

  • K. Lynch. Quantitative Assessment of Mars Habitability via a Perchlorate-Driven Ecosystem. Astrobiology Graduate Research Conference (AbGradCon). July 17-20th, 2009. Seattle, WA. (poster)

  • K. Lynch, C. Galindo, D. Garrison. Automated Sample Preparation for Life Detection Technologies. Astrobiology Graduate Research Conference (AbGradCon). April 13-14th, 2008. Santa Clara, CA.

  • A. Hoehn, K. Lynch, S.P. Kounaves, J. Kapit, S.M.M. Young, C. Galindo, I.I. Brown., P. Koenig, H. Schweiger. Microbial Detection Array-Prototype Test Results. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). April 14-17th, 2008. Santa Clara, CA. (poster)

  • S.P. Kounaves, K.L. Lynch, I. I. Brown, A. Hoehn, D.S. McKay, S.M.M. Young. Microbial Detection Array. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). March 26-30, 2006. Washington, D.C. (poster)

  • K. Lynch, N. Wainwright, A. Child, K. Williams, D. McKay, R. Amils, E. Gonzalez, C. Stoker. Enzyme-Cascade Analysis of the Rio Tinto Subsurface Environment: A biosensor development experiment. Bioastronomy 2004: Habitable Worlds. July 11-16, 2004. Reykjavik, Iceland. (poster)

  • K. Lynch, N. Wainwright, A. Child, K. Williams, D. McKay, R. Amils, E. Gonzalez, C. Stoker. Enzyme-Cascade Analysis of the Rio Tinto Subsurface Environment: A biosensor development experiment. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). March 28-April 1st, 2004. NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. (poster)

  • M. Fries, J. Hall, J. Toporski, Y. Bar-Cohen, N. Wainwright, R. Avci, K. Lynch and A. Steele. A Novel Portable Simulated Rover Platform (SimRP) for Astrobiology Exploration Rover Development. Goldschmidt Conference. September 17-23, 2003. Kirishiki, Japan.

  • J. Maule, D. S. McKay, J. Toporski, K. Lynch, J. Lindsay, J. Hedgecock, N. Wainwright, A. Steele. Using antibodies to detect unambiguous biomarkers. 2003 Annual NASA Astrobiology Institute General Meeting. February 10-12, 2003 Tempe, AZ. (poster)

  • K. Lynch. Effects of Reduced Atmospheric Pressure on the Morphology of Wheat and Mung Bean. National Society of Black Engineers National Conference: Technical Paper Competion. May, 1996

  • K. L. Lynch. Effects of Reduced Atmospheric Pressure on Morphology of Wheat and Mung Bean. American Society for Space and Gravitational Biology Annual Meeting October 25-29th, 1995. Crystal City, VA (poster)

White Papers


  • K. Lynch (editor). Proceedings of the Next Generation Exploration Conference. October 2006. NASA CP-2006-214551.

  • M. S. Allen (editor), D. Archer, B. Ehlmann, C. Fasset, A. Fraeman, N. Lanza, K. Lynch, M. Rice, L. Roach, V. Swisher, N. Tosca; (2007). Summary of Discussion Sessions at the 2007 Colloquium on Astrobiology and Mars Exploration, Unpublished white paper, 23 p, posted August 2007 by the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) at http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/workshop/index.html