Dr. Sherry Cady


 Sherry Cady

Dr. Sherry Cady 

Phone: 503.725.3377
Fax: 503.725.3025



  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Geology, 1994.
  • A.B. University of California, Berkeley.
Courses Taught:
  • G203 Historical Geology 
  • G322 Global Biogeochemical Cycles
  • G458/558 Astrobiology
  • G410/510 Methods in Geomicrobiology
  • G510/610 Advanced Geomicrobiology 
Research Interests:

Geomicrobiology, astrobiology, paleobiology, extreme environments, various microscopies.

Research Themes:
  • Formation mechanisms and preservation of microbial signatures in the geological record
  • Evidence for life in sediments formed at life's upper temperature limit
  • Role of biofilms in producing biofabrics
  • Biomineralization in extreme ecosystems
  • Biosignature suites vs. definite evidence of life in the geological record
  • The use of terrestrial analogs in the search for life beyond Earth 
Extracurricular Activities: 

Editor-in-chief of Astrobiology, camping, hiking, swimming.