Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

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Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. Over time, they transformed the chemistry of our planet, making it habitable for plants, animals, and humans. Paul Falkowski will discuss how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life would cease without them today. By examining the inner workings of these miniature “engines” and the processes by which they are built and assembled—like building blocks— within every creature that walks, swims, or flies, he will reveal how microbes are the great stewards of life on Earth.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

Free and open to the public.

Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page.

A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.