About the Artist

Aaron Gronstal has been happily investigating Astrobiology since 2001, when he worked as a content developer with NASA’s Astrobiology Integration Office. He is the son of artist Barbara Gronstal and, following her tutelage, continued to developed his illustration and graphic design skills at the University of Iowa, UC Berkeley and the University of Melbourne. He’s also a scientist, having earned his doctorate in Geomicrobiology at the Open University in the United Kingdom… but he refuses to grow up. Drawing cartoons and comics helps him maintain his inner child when he’s not collecting samples in the field or conducting experiments in the lab.


Aaron Gronstal – self portrait