Karen Olsson-Francis is a UK Space Agency Aurora fellow and University lecturer at The Open University. She is interested in studying life in extreme environments and understanding the limits of habitability. These environments are used as analogues for study potential habitable environments beyond the Earth.
Karen was awarded a PhD fellowship in New Zealand, where she studied extreme environments. Her ambition is to develop a research group, which is scientifically excellent and is a supportive environment for students and post docs to reach their potential.
Karen has two children under the age of 4 and a husband so she doesn't have much spare time!