Biopic1Dr. Margaret “Maggie” Turnbull is an astrobiologist whose expertise is in identifying planetary systems that may be capable of supporting life as we know it. As a part of her dissertation, Maggie developed the Catalog of Habitable Stellar Systems (HabCat) with Jill Tarter for use in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). She is currently leading science teams nationwide to develop NASA missions to discover planets beyond our solar system.  In 2004 Dr. Turnbull organized and convened the inaugural Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ; AbGradCon is now in its 14thyear and serves as a fundamental event for the early career astrobiology community. She continues to serve both science and the public through advocacy on Capitol Hill and serving as an elected official in her local community.  On April 24, 2018 Dr. Turnbull announced her candidacy for Governor of Wisconsin.