Sara Walker

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004

Biography

Professor Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. While there are many things to be solved, she is most interested in whether or not there are ‘laws of life’ - related to how information structures the physical world - that could universally describe life here on Earth and on other planets.

At Arizona State University she is Deputy Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Associate Director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She is also Co-founder of the astrobiology-themed social website SAGANet.org, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Marble Space. She is active in public engagement in science, with appearances at the World Science Festival and on "Through the Wormhole" and NPR's Science Friday.

Education

Dartmouth College, Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy (2010)

Florida Institute of Technology, B.S., Physics (2005)

Cape Cod Community College, A.A. Math/Science/Pre-Engineering (2003)

Research Interests

Origin of life, complex systems, astrobiology, theoretical physics

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 106 Habitable Worlds
SES 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 311 Essentials of Astrobiology
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 460 Astrobiology
SES 499 Individualized Instruction
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
SES 792 Research
AST 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
SES 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
SES 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 792 Research