Student Education

If you’re looking to contribute to the astrobotany body of work, keep your eyes out for new tools and resources here on  We encourage students of all ages to explore the TOAST database and read up on spaceflight plant biology.  We are also actively working on software and equipment to better reach young scientists.


Are you looking for a career in the field of astrobotany or astrobiology?  Now is a great time to get involved with an expanding discipline that has larger implications for the future of space travel.  Check out some of the resources available. Below are laboratories and research institutions who work in astrobotany related fields.

NASA Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Raymond Wheeler and Dr. Gioia Massa are seasoned research botanists who are focused on astrobotany in their roles at NASA Kennedy Space Center.  Please check out the NASA KSC Pathways Home page for more information about opportunities with NASA.

Gilroy Lab (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Gilroy Lab is a research lab in the botany department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is funded by NASA.  The Gilroy Lab is run by Dr. Simon Gilroy and the research focus is on plant gravitropism and signaling.

Space Plants (University of Florida)

University of Florida Space Plants is a NASA funded research lab headed by Dr. Robert Ferl and Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul.

Kiss Lab (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

Dr. John Z. Kiss researches the molecular mechanism of gravitropism and phototropism, and regularly sends astrobotany experiments to the International Space Station.

Wyatt Lab (Ohio University)

One of Dr. Sarah Wyatt‘s research objectives is studying plant signaling, especially as it relates to gravity stimulus.  The Wyatt Lab has sent plant to the International Space Station.  They have also collaborated with Dr. Wolverton, below.

Wolverton Lab (Ohio Wesleyan University)

Dr. Wolverton is a botany professor at Ohio Wesleyan University who has sent plant samples to the International Space Station.  His research focus is plant signaling.