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Welcome to PCE3, the Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments Consortium. We are a community of researchers striving to transform the origins of life community by breaking down language and ideological barriers and enhancing communication across the disciplinary divide between early earth geoscientists and prebiotic chemists. Our fundamental objective is to provide a network of communication and intellectual cooperation that fosters innovation across the community and gives rise to novel research avenues and encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Through proactive mentoring, outreach, and community-wide activities, we aim to increase the overall diversity within our research community, promote early career scientists, and develop avenues to fully integrate a broad spectrum of approaches and ideas into the research community. We hope to cultivate a new paradigm across the community in which models for the emergence of a prebiotic pathway are rooted in realistic planetary conditions, and the dynamics and constraints of early Earth environments are fully integrated into origins hypotheses. Augmenting these efforts – beyond our planet, PCE3 aims to identify planetary conditions that can or cannot give rise to life’s chemistry, thus guiding future missions that target the discovery of habitable worlds.

Project Co-Leads

Karyn L Rogers

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Loren Williams

Georgia Tech

Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy

Krishnamurthy Lab

Tim Lyons

University of California, Riverside

NASA HQ Representatives

Mary Voytek

NASA Headquarters

Lindsay Hays

NASA Headquarters

Workshop Announcement

The NASA Astrobiology Program invites you to join the first Community Workshop of its Research Coordination Network: Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3). This workshop is designed to cross-pollinate between different areas of research addressing origins of life, including early earth geoscience and prebiotic chemistry. It will foster intellectual cooperation and innovation across the astrobiology community and give rise to novel research avenues.


The Latest News

Stay tuned as the Consortium evolves!