Danielle Simkus

Danielle Simkus

  • POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
  • 301.614.5887
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 691
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Positions/Employment

    2018 - Present

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (NASA Postdoctoral Program)

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    2014 - 2014

    Graduate Research Fellow

    Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    2010 - 2011

    Junior Research Scientist (Microbiology)

    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    2010 - 2011

    Lab Technician (Microbiology)

    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    2009 - 2010

    Junior Research Scientist (Astrochemistry)

    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Education

    Ph.D. (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - 2018) University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

    M.Sc. (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Collaborative Graduate Program in Astrobiology - 2013) McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

    B.Sc. (Double Major in Biological Sciences and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences - 2011) University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

    Awards

    • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2016 – 2018)
    • Gordon A. McKay Award, The Meteoritical Society (2016)
    • Astromaterials Training and Research Opportunities (ASTRO) Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) Graduate Student Travel Award (2015)
    • Graduate Student Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (2014)
    • NASA-Nordic Astrobiology Winter School Scholar (2014)
    • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta (2013 – 2016)
    • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2013 – 2016)
    • University of Alberta Professional Development Award (2013)
    • NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) M.Sc. Fellowship (2011 – 2013)
    • Sao Paulo Advanced School of Astrobiology Scholar (2011)
    • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2009)
    • University of Alberta Entrance Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2006)

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Simkus, D. N., J. C. Aponte, R. W. Hilts, J. E. Elsila, and C. D. Herd. 2018. "Compound-specific carbon isotope compositions of aldehydes and ketones in the Murchison meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science, [10.1111/maps.13202]

    Simkus, D. N., G. F. Slater, B. S. Lollar, et al. K. Wilkie, T. L. Kieft, C. Magnabosco, M. C. Lau, M. J. Pullin, S. B. Hendrickson, K. E. Wommack, E. G. Sakowski, E. V. Heerden, O. Kuloyo, B. Linage, G. Borgonie, and T. C. Onstott. 2016. "Variations in microbial carbon sources and cycling in the deep continental subsurface." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 173: 264-283 [10.1016/j.gca.2015.10.003]

    Herd, C. D., R. W. Hilts, A. W. Skelhorne, and D. N. Simkus. 2016. "Cold curation of pristine astromaterials: Insights from the Tagish Lake meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 51 (3): 499-519 [10.1111/maps.12603]

    Orata, F. D., A. R. Rosana, Y. Xu, et al. D. N. Simkus, A. R. Bramucci, Y. Boucher, and R. J. Case. 2016. "Draft Genome Sequences of Four Bacterial Strains Isolated from a Polymicrobial Culture of Naked (N-Type)Emiliania huxleyiCCMP1516: TABLE 1 ." Genome Announcements, 4 (4): e00674-16 [10.1128/genomea.00674-16]

    Rosana, A. R., F. D. Orata, Y. Xu, et al. D. N. Simkus, A. R. Bramucci, Y. Boucher, and R. J. Case. 2016. "Draft Genome Sequences of Seven Bacterial Strains Isolated from a Polymicrobial Culture of Coccolith-Bearing (C-Type)Emiliania huxleyiM217: TABLE 1 ." Genome Announcements, 4 (4): e00673-16 [10.1128/genomea.00673-16]

    Hilts, R. W., C. D. Herd, D. N. Simkus, and G. F. Slater. 2014. "Soluble organic compounds in the Tagish Lake meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 49 (4): 526-549 [10.1111/maps.12272]

    Herd, C., A. Blinova, D. N. Simkus, et al. Y. Huang, R. Tarozo, C.-D. Alexander, F. Gyngard, L. R. Nittler, G. D. Cody, M. L. Fogel, Y. Kebukawa, A. Kilcoyne, R. W. Hilts, G. F. Slater, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Dworkin, M. P. Callahan, J. E. Elsila, B. T. De Gregorio, and R. M. Stroud. 2011. "Origin and evolution of prebiotic organic matter as inferred from the Tagish Lake meteorite." Science, 332: 1304-1307 [10.1126/science.1203290]

    Herd, C. D., A. Blinova, D. N. Simkus, et al. Y. Huang, R. Tarozo, C. M. Alexander, F. Gyngard, L. R. Nittler, G. D. Cody, M. L. Fogel, Y. Kebukawa, A. L. Kilcoyne, R. W. Hilts, G. F. Slater, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Dworkin, M. P. Callahan, J. E. Elsila, B. T. De Gregorio, and R. M. Stroud. 2011. "Origin and Evolution of Prebiotic Organic Matter As Inferred from the Tagish Lake Meteorite." Science, 332 (6035): 1304-1307 [10.1126/science.1203290]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Simkus, D. N., J. C. Aponte, R. W. Hilts, J. E. Elsila, and C. D. Herd. 2018. "Compound-specific carbon isotope compositions of aldehydes and ketones in the Murchison meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science [10.1111/maps.13202]

    Simkus, D. N., G. F. Slater, B. S. Lollar, et al. K. Wilkie, T. L. Kieft, C. Magnabosco, M. C. Lau, M. J. Pullin, S. B. Hendrickson, K. E. Wommack, E. G. Sakowski, E. V. Heerden, O. Kuloyo, B. Linage, G. Borgonie, and T. C. Onstott. 2016. "Variations in microbial carbon sources and cycling in the deep continental subsurface." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 173 264-283 [10.1016/j.gca.2015.10.003]

    Herd, C. D., R. W. Hilts, A. W. Skelhorne, and D. N. Simkus. 2016. "Cold curation of pristine astromaterials: Insights from the Tagish Lake meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 51 (3): 499-519 [10.1111/maps.12603]

    Orata, F. D., A. R. Rosana, Y. Xu, et al. D. N. Simkus, A. R. Bramucci, Y. Boucher, and R. J. Case. 2016. "Draft Genome Sequences of Four Bacterial Strains Isolated from a Polymicrobial Culture of Naked (N-Type)Emiliania huxleyiCCMP1516: TABLE 1 ." Genome Announcements 4 (4): e00674-16 [10.1128/genomea.00674-16]

    Rosana, A. R., F. D. Orata, Y. Xu, et al. D. N. Simkus, A. R. Bramucci, Y. Boucher, and R. J. Case. 2016. "Draft Genome Sequences of Seven Bacterial Strains Isolated from a Polymicrobial Culture of Coccolith-Bearing (C-Type)Emiliania huxleyiM217: TABLE 1 ." Genome Announcements 4 (4): e00673-16 [10.1128/genomea.00673-16]

    Hilts, R. W., C. D. Herd, D. N. Simkus, and G. F. Slater. 2014. "Soluble organic compounds in the Tagish Lake meteorite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 49 (4): 526-549 [10.1111/maps.12272]

    Herd, C., A. Blinova, D. N. Simkus, et al. Y. Huang, R. Tarozo, C.-D. Alexander, F. Gyngard, L. R. Nittler, G. D. Cody, M. L. Fogel, Y. Kebukawa, A. Kilcoyne, R. W. Hilts, G. F. Slater, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Dworkin, M. P. Callahan, J. E. Elsila, B. T. De Gregorio, and R. M. Stroud. 2011. "Origin and evolution of prebiotic organic matter as inferred from the Tagish Lake meteorite." Science 332 1304-1307 [10.1126/science.1203290]

    Herd, C. D., A. Blinova, D. N. Simkus, et al. Y. Huang, R. Tarozo, C. M. Alexander, F. Gyngard, L. R. Nittler, G. D. Cody, M. L. Fogel, Y. Kebukawa, A. L. Kilcoyne, R. W. Hilts, G. F. Slater, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Dworkin, M. P. Callahan, J. E. Elsila, B. T. De Gregorio, and R. M. Stroud. 2011. "Origin and Evolution of Prebiotic Organic Matter As Inferred from the Tagish Lake Meteorite." Science 332 (6035): 1304-1307 [10.1126/science.1203290]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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