Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, and actively involved in the development of operational concepts for human scientific exploration of our solar system. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains), SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog), and PLRP (Pavilion Lake Research Project) research programs. She is also the Deputy PI of NASA SSERVI FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration). Her research programs are focused on seamlessly blending field science research with the development of human exploration tools, technologies and concepts that serve to directly inform various NASA Design Reference Missions. Darlene has served on a number of NASA MEPAG (Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group) committees and including as the MEPAG Goal IV (Prepare for Human Exploration) Co-Chair (2009-2015). She is currently a member of the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB).