Join Episcopal priest and Mars Rover mission scientist in discussing the potential implications of the discovery of extraterrestrial life at the intersection of spiritual and scientific approaches.
Pamela Conrad is an astrobiologist and planetary scientist specializing in understanding how planets do or do not evolve into habitable environments, and she is presently involved in the exploration of Mars with the Perseverance Rover in Jezero Crater. She has explored extreme environments all over the Earth including in the high arctic, Antarctica, Death Valley, and the deep sea hydrothermal vents of the Pacific sea floor, to name a few. She is bivocational and in her science endeavors is based at the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Science. She is also an Episcopal priest and serves as interim rector at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, MD.
As both clergy and scientist, Conrad offers a unique perspective on exploration, and she is dedicated to encouraging people to engage both critical thinking and faith to explore all of the wonders of both the material and the spiritual universe. Conrad also serves as the Warden for the North American Province of The Society of Ordained Scientists, an international contemplative order that supports the ministry of ordained scientists.