what a marvelous cooperative arrangement — plants and animals each inhaling each other’s exhalations, a kind of planet-wide mutual mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, the entire elegant cycle powered by a star 150 million kilometers away.

-carl sagan




Who is Luke?


Hello there! My name is Luke and I am a scientist on planet Earth who is utterly captivated by the overwhelming diversity of life. Most of these lifeforms are invisible to the naked eye but they are ubiquitous and incredibly abundant—in fact, there are more of these organisms living associated with your body than your body’s own human cells. But they don’t stop there. Microbes live in the dirt under our feet, the ocean, hot springs, Antarctic ice, deep sea hydrothermal vents, animal guts, and even deep mud layers beneath the ocean. They are crucial to our understanding of global chemistry like the oxygenation of our atmosphere and the regulation of many greenhouse gases. They have the power to elucidate the evolutionary history of life on Earth and some of them may even provide clues as to where else life may exist in our solar system and beyond! Not to mention, there is likely a wealth of untapped medical and industrial applications that these microbes have to offer. 


how do we actually look for alien life? watch this episode to find out…

tedxbozeman 2018: Life, electrons, and aliens

Have you ever wondered what life actually is or whether it could exist on other planets? Luke redefines life by breaking it down into the fundamental concept of moving electrons around and then considers where else life might exist besides Earth. Watch the talk below!

the most unknown

Luke is one of nine scientists featured in VICE Motherboard's first full-length documentary, The Most Unknown, which is on Netflix here . It covers topics such as life on other planets, consciousness, time (what is it?!), and dark matter. Watch the trailer below!



American Geophysical Union annual meeting, Washington DC, December 2018
Pajama party screening of Alien and discussion of alien life, Montana State University: Leadership Institute, October 30, 2018
National Academy of Sciences Documentary Filmmakers Retreat, Woods Hole MA, October 26-28, 2018
Montana State University screening/panel of The Most Unknown, Bozeman MT, October 19, 2018
HATCH, Big Sky MT, October 3-7, 2018
ISME17 Conference, Leipzig, Germany, August 12 - 17, 2018
The Most Unknown Netflix release party & panel discussion, Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, August 10, 2018
Bozeman showing of The Most Unknown, The Rialto, June 1, 2018
"Life, Electrons, and Aliens" at TEDxBozeman, Montana, April 28, 2018
Red carpet premier and Q&A for The Most Unknown, NYC, April 18, 2018