Jonathan Zaloumis

Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


I am a graduate student at the School of Earth and Space Exploration interested in exploring for signs of microbes and their interactions in the geologic record on Earth and Mars. 

Research Interests


Sedimentary Petrology


Isotope Geochemistry


Mars Exploration

Research Group

Farmer Group


  • 2017 Astrobiology Science Conference in Mesa, AZ. “Biosignature Capture and Preservation Potential of Modern Carbonates; a View into Destructive Early Diagenetic Processes.

  • 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 2014 (19 - 22 October 2014) “Composition, Microtexture and Morphogenesis of Microbialites in a Modern Cold Spring at Crystal Geyser, Utah" 

Research Activity

Investigating biosignature preservation potential of Utah spring carbonates

Determining biogenicity of microdigitate stromatolites using NanoSIMS

Understanding sulfate vein occurances and potential as biosignature reservoirs on Earth and Mars

Exploring for lithotypes on Mars relevant to astrobiology using hyperspectral orbital images


Expertise Areas