Hailed by Time magazine as America's best paleontologist, Harvard University's Andrew Knoll will deliver the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture at Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. His lecture, "Are We Alone in the Universe?" is free for Montclair State students, faculty, staff and alumni. The public is invited and general admission tickets are $10. For additional information, or to order tickets, call MSU's Box Office at (973) 655-5112.
Knoll, professor of Natural History at Harvard, studies the first three billion years of life on Earth -- from the first single-celled life forms to the explosion of multi-celled life forms about 570 million years ago. He is a leading authority on Proterozoic life (544-2500 million years old), on environmental change in the later part of Precambrian time and on the rapidly developing field of chemostratigraphy.
Knoll, who was recently featured on a "Nova" program on PBS, is Principal Investigator of the NASA National Astrobiology Institute team at Harvard. He is also a member of the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers science team. Knoll graduated from Lehigh University and earned his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard in 1977.