Andy Knoll, Ph.D.

Andrew Knoll, Ph.D., Fisher Professor of Natural History and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University The Knoll Lab
discussed Co-Evolution of Organisms and Their Environments on SftPublic’s Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations March 08, 2016.

Dr. Knoll is an leading expert in tracing the relationship between evolution of ancient organisms and their environments, particularly the period leading to the great Cambrian “explosion” of species. His pioneering contributions include the development of methods for identifying biomarkers in ancient sediments and rocks, where early life forms left chemical traces.
Andrew Knoll’s book Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth, (2003), won the 2003 Phi Beta Kapa Book Award in Science. It is one of the best sources of information on the interdependence of evolutionary phenomena: organisms, geology, environment, climate.