Science & Technology

Paul Hoffman and Snowball Earth

Snowball Earth: Did global glaciation change the course of biological evolution?
Presented by Paul Hoffman, PhD
April 4, 2018
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – Jenkins Theatre Lobby
Presentation: 12:30 p.m. - Jenkins Theatre

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About Paul Hoffman
Paul HoffmanPaul Hoffman, one of the greatest and most charismatic scientific story-tellers of our time, is the 2018 keynote speaker for the Faculty of Science and Technology Research Days. Paul is world renown for his “United Plates of America” concept of how the North American continent originated, and for his outspoken support for “Snowball Earth,” the theory that glaciers extended from pole to pole over land and sea for millions of years, shortly before the evolutionary explosion of multicellular animal life. He predicts that a legacy of Snowball Earth exists in the genomes of living organisms.

Paul’s theorizing is grounded in over fifty years of geological field work in northern Canada and southern Africa, driven by his curiosity about the world beneath our feet. He found that the scope of geological history is such that even the field geologist must learn to think at different times like a chemist, a physicist, an astronomer and a biologist. He was originally drawn to geology because he thought it meant going to wild places, making amazing discoveries, and giving famous lectures. He was not disappointed.





Paul's Credentials:

Officer of the Order of Canada (appointed 2012)
Emeritus Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard University
Fellow Royal Society of Canada
Logan Medal (highest honour of the Geological Association of Canada; 1992)
Penrose Medal (highest honour of the Geological Society of America; 2011)
Wollaston Medal (highest honour of the Geological Society of London; 2009)
Gold Medal Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2016)”

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Check out Paul's BBC documentary