Zantippy has always focused her interests around exploring our star system, galaxy, and universe. Her M.S. is in Marine Biology, and her graduate paper was devoted to understanding the minerals found on Mars by the rover, Opportunity - minerals that were made and altered by reaction with salty water. The paper was focused on the kind of microbes that could have lived in these very saline waters.
Zantippy writes non-fiction and science fiction, so she gets to think about astronomy all day, every day. Every clear night, Zantippy spends time alone watching the stars, planets, and galaxies. She wonders what the weather is like at that moment on other planets and moons, who may live there, and she assumes that at that moment, beings of other star systems are also wondering if others are alive in the universe. Then she goes back inside her terrestrial home in Florida to live her own life with her husband, ducks, and rabbits.
Her astronomical musings and insights can be found at 'For the Geek in Everyone
', while more information on Zantippy and her poetic friend, Iguana, can be found here.
Zantippy is Active Astronomy's official Curiosity Rover and astrobiology correspondent.