NASA earlier this week declared the formation of an interdisciplinary task force committed to inspecting the possibility of life beyond our solar system. Known as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or "NExSS", the team will examine the habitability of the more than 1,000 exoplanets that have been recognized. Experts in the fields of earth science, planetary science, astrophysics and heliophysics (the physics of the Sun) will comprise the group. Jim Green, NASA's Director of Planetary Science, said "This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life. The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it's of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well."
NASA's own Natalie Batalha, Dawn Gelino and Anthony del Genio will control the union. They will be combined by researchers from 12 different universities and institutions. You can learn more about this here.