Prof. Boston Presents Science Cafe Event at Tech

By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 25, 2009 – New Mexico Tech professor Dr. Penelope Boston has explored and studied caves around the world. Some of her geological and biological findings are quite astounding.

Boston will discuss her research at a Science Café event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Workman 101 on the New Mexico Tech campus. The free event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Reserve tickets by contacting Rose Poston at (505) 277-2396 or rposton@knme.org.

Deep in the heart of New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains, rock-eating microbes are at work. Their appetite is dainty compared to their voracious hunger millions of years ago, when they carved Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave.

The PBS program NOVA dedicated an episode to the vibrant ecosystems and geology of caves. Boston is one of the New Mexico scientists featured in this fascinating NOVA episode that tours some of the most impressive caves in the world and reports on a revolutionary theory of cave formation that has startling implications for the development of life on Earth and on other planets.

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