Meet Roger Summons, Ph.D.


Roger Summons, Ph.D., Professor of Geobiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The focus of the Summons Lab is biogeochemical fossils and biomarkers from the Archean and Proterozoic ages on Earth, and also extraterrestrial biomarkers and geochemistry on Mars.

Dr. Summons appeared on SftPublic's Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations March 17, 2015 to discuss Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars. We had the great pleasure of visiting the in April, 2015 to learn more about Searching for Bio-Molecules in ancient Earth rocks and oils and in the data coming from Mars (Mars Exploration Rover mission). Together, these two videos provide a wealth of information about terrestrial geobiological specimens and the search for possible ancient life on Mars, and Dr. Summons' contribution to this science.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society (2008)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2008)on
  • Fellow, Hanse Wissenschafts Kolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany (2008)
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2006)
  • Halpern Medal, University of Wollongong (2005)
  • Treibs Award of the Geochemical Society (2003)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (1998)