NASA Ames Research Center
Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, and is a leader in the
development of operational concepts for human-robotic scientific exploration. Darlene is
currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA-funded Pavilion Lake Research Project
(PLRP), and the Deputy PI of the NASA "Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science
and Exploration" (FINESSE) research program. Both programs are focused on real (nonsimulated)
science and exploration activities that seamlessly blend field science research with the
development of human exploration tools, technologies and concepts. Under her leadership and
guidance, the PLRP has become one of NASA’s premier analog programs. PLRP has produced
numerous peer-reviewed publications, and also garnered an international reputation for
producing innovative concepts and capabilities that support human scientific exploration.
Darlene has spent over 20 years conducting field research around the world, and has worked in
both the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in underwater environments where she has spent hours
piloting submersibles as a scientist and explorer. She has participated in numerous NASA field
programs in various extreme environments and serves as the NASA MEPAG (Mars Exploration
Program Analysis Group) Goal IV (Prepare for Human Exploration) Co-Chair.
Dr. Lim will serve an initial four-year term.