Dr. Johnson R. Haas is an associate professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University. His research interests include the emergence of life in the universe, the influence biology can exert over planetary geochemistry, the potential for exotic planetary and biological compositions elsewhere in the cosmos, and exploring the thermodynamic feasibility of life in decidedly non-Earthlike situations.
Dr. Haas received his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, where he spent various amounts of time studying meteorites, rare earth elements, and lava. Dr. Haas has drunk fermented grass with Buryat tribesmen, had fried deer heart and hideous vodka with KGB agents, high fuel-value moonshine with rednecks, and moderately flavorless domestic beer with skeptical podcasters. Dr. Haas once shook Bill Clinton’s hand, was once on an escalator with Wolf Blitzer, and at one point was within five meters of a Victoria’s Secret model. Those last three facts are non sequiturs.