Professor Kathy Campbell is a geologist, and astrobiologist who investigates extreme environments as analogues for early life on Earth and possible life on Mars. She studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Washington, University of Southern California, and NASA Ames Research Center before joining The University of Auckland (UOA) in 1997. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, and is founding Director of Te Ao Mārama – Centre for Fundamental Inquiry, a transdisciplinary research center in the Faculty of Science (UOA), exploring the origin and evolution of the Universe and its life. Kathy was a senior research fellow with the LE STUDIUM® Institute for Advanced Studies (Orléans, France, 2014), and a distinguished lecturer in international astrobiology schools in Spain (2016) and Thailand (2019). In NASA’s Mars 2020 landing site selection, her team’s proposal was chosen in the final three, with the aim to collect samples of possible Martian biosignatures from a >3 billion-year-old hot spring deposit at Columbia Hills in Gusev Crater, for their eventual delivery to Earth in a future sample return mission. She is the course coordinator of ASTRO200/200G – Astrobiology at UOA, and Chair of the New Zealand Astrobiology Network charitable trust.