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17:30 - 20:30 4 November 2014

Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet Ice-breaker - with Professor Lee Kump


JZ Young Lecture Theatre | Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Lee Kump, Keynote Speaker, Penn State University, is the one of the world’s most renowned earth system scientists, having published numerous seminal papers in the field and been the co-author of the highly respected textbook The Earth System (Pearson). Lee Kump graduated in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago in 1981, received his PhD in marine sciences from the University of South Florida in 1986, and is currently professor of geosciences at Penn State University. Among his many achievements, he co-authored with Michael Mann the 2008 book Dire predictions: Understanding global warming and received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Geological Society of America in 2000.

The transformation of Earth’s biosphere from an oxygen-free to an oxygen-replete surface environment is perhaps the best example of co-evolution of life and planet. Molecular oxygen exists on Earth in substantial concentration only because of the activity of cyanobacteria or their descendants, the chloroplasts, and the presence of free oxygen dictates the chemistry of much of the biosphere. However, the cyanobacterial innovation was likely not sufficient for the establishment of a globally aerobic biosphere; the appearance of free oxygen in the environment may have postdated the innovation by hundreds of millions of years because of suppression by an overabundant supply of reductants from Earth’s interior...

The Ice-breaker is coorganised by Long-term Co-evolution of Life and the Planet (NERC Research Programme) and the Department of Earth Sciences, UCL.

After the lecture there will be a free but ticketed reception at the Grant Museum of Zoology from 19:30.


Ying Shields-Zhou
+44 (0)20 7679 2146 | y.shields-zhou@ucl.ac.uk


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Co-evoltion of life and Planet
Geological Society London