Astronomy [Biography] Andrew Knoll

Discussion in 'Astronomy' started by JcMinJapan, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    This is truly a wonderful way to start the interviews! We will be able to ask many questions about the possibility of life on Mars, the beginning of life on Earth, and many many more! Please submit all questions by U2U to JCMinJapan by January 12, 2005.

    Professor of Biology
    Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Member of the Mars Rover team

    Andrew Knoll is a professor of Natural History at Harvard University and 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. Dr. Knoll earned his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard in 1977. He studies the first 3 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.

    "I think that everyone who thinks that intelligent design is a good idea should look at rabbits. They should notice that the rabbit actually eats its own fecal pellets. The reason it does that is that rabbits, like cows, have an internal rumen-type storage area where bacteria break down food that the rabbit can't break down itself. But unlike cows, in the rabbit, that pouch is on the wrong end of the intestine. The food goes through the intestine, then it gets broken down by the bacteria, then the rabbit has to eat it again to get the nutritional value. Now, if that's intelligent design. . ."

    Some of his publications: (these are just a few of many)
    Knoll, A.H. (1992) The early evolution of eukaryotic organisms: a geological perspective. Science 256: 622-627.

    Knoll, A.H., R. Bambach, D. Canfield, and J.P. Grotzinger (1996) Comparative Earth history and late Permian mass extinction. Science 273: 452-457.

    Knoll, A.H. and S.B. Carroll (1999) The early evolution of animals: Emerging views from comparative biology and geology. Science 284: 2129-2137.

    Knoll, A.H. (2003) The geological consequences of evolution. Geobiology 1: 3-14.

    Knoll, A.H. (2003) Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
  2. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Some more insightes into Mr. Knoll

    NASA Interviews:

    One of his books:

    Life on a Young Planet
    The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
    by Andrew H. Knoll
    Princeton University Press
    Due/Published September 2004, 304 pages, paper
    ISBN 0691120293

    Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, presenting a new explanation for the emergence of biological novelty.

    The very latest discoveries in paleontology--many of them made by the author and his students--are integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science to forge a broad understanding of how the biological diversity that surrounds us came to be. Moving from Siberia to Namibia to the Bahamas, Knoll shows how life and environment have evolved together through Earth's history. Innovations in biology have helped shape our air and oceans, and, just as surely, environmental change has influenced the course of evolution, repeatedly closing off opportunities for some species while opening avenues for others.

    Readers go into the field to confront fossils, enter the lab to discern the inner workings of cells, and alight on Mars to ask how our terrestrial experience can guide exploration for life beyond our planet. Along the way, Knoll brings us up-to-date on some of science's hottest questions, from the oldest fossils and claims of life beyond the Earth to the hypothesis of global glaciation and Knoll's own unifying concept of "permissive ecology.'"

    "Andrew Knoll, one of the world's foremost paleontologists, here presents the origin and early evolution of life the way it should be told: a mystery unfolding as an epic. Resonating with the authority of firsthand stories of discovery, his account will be exceptionally enjoyable for scientists and the educated public alike."--Edward O. Wilson
  3. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Sorry, lost the link, but this is an intro from a lecture that he did.

    Andrew Knoll “Space Exploration: The Mars Rover”

    Prehistoric bacteria may not have the headline grabbing potential of T-Rex and Velociraptor, but it is, all things considered, more important to our understanding of the development and evolution of life on earth. And its study has made Andrew Knoll one of the world's most important scientists.

    In a sweeping book entitled Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth , Andrew Knoll takes readers on a fascinating and compelling journey back in time to understand how life on earth came to be. Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University , Andrew Knoll has been hailed by Time Magazine as America 's best paleontologist. In his most recent work, he has been a key advisor on the recent mission to explore the surface of Mars.

    The University Lecture Series tempts you to take note and ask Andrew Knoll what life on Mars might be like.
  4. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Has anyone read his book yet? Life on a Young Planet
    The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth

    I am going to try and pick it up this weekend if I can find it.
    It sounds like quite an interesting read.
  5. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    I am personally wondering about the "blueberries" on mars that were found and his thoughts on them.
    Then in another direction I am very curious about his comments on Creationism. It was quite interesting and I am wanting to know more.
  6. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    did you contact him JcM ?

    If so , how did you go about it ?
  7. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    I had recently read some of his work about withing the Mars spectrum and was very interested. I then looked up some more information and found that he actually researches the true beinnings of life on this planet. So, I contacted him as I thought you all would love to have a chance to ask some questions. He graciously accepted.
  8. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    This really is going to be very cool.

    I urge as many of you to take a look at some of his work and think of a question you would like answered.

    He is a colleague of one of my hero's, the late Stephen Jay Gould, so I think this will be very exciting.
  9. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    should we be submitting questions at this point JcM ? let us know !
  10. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    yes, U2U them to me. I will take them until the 14th of January.
  11. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    We have several questions, please do not be afraid to ask any more. This is a great opportunity to ask about the origins of life on Earth and the possibility of life on Mars! Get the questions in before January 15th. January 15th is the last day to submit questions, so we can get them to Mr. Knoll. We have had a great response so far and time is getting short, so don`t be left out.:D
  12. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    I certainly have a few questions for Mr. Knoll regarding this. I am very curious what he has found to be the most prolific find from the Mars Rovers so far. I am also sure Z will be asking about the new rocks! :lol:
  13. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Friendly reminder... you have 3 days left to submit your questions about life on mars or the evolution of man on earth. We have many great questions already, so don`t be left out.
  14. Magical Trevor

    Magical Trevor New Member

    Wow!!!!! Have not been able to login recently. I made the cows upset and have been on the run. The magical whip did not go over well at the annual cow conf. Anyway, they are over the joke now.

    Well, this is indeed a great thing happening here! I will definately mail a question or two. I have always wondered the origins of the cow!
    I think they are from Mars actually or at least the parallel universes' Mars! The same with the rabbit, look at their degestive systems! The gravity on this planet has affected them!
  15. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    I would like to thank all of those that participated in the question session with Dr. Knoll. We had a great response and I have combined a few of the questions together as they were very similar. I was very impressed with the quality of the questions asked. Please give Dr. Knoll a little time to answer them as he has a very busy schedule and he will try to answer them in his free time. Once we have received the questions back, I will format them and put them in a new thread.

    I certainly cannot wait to hear some of his ideas on many of the questions. Oh yes, and by the way... I am already trying to line up our next professional. If all goes well, you will enjoy this interview just as much!

    If any members have any ideas of professionals that they would like to be able to ask questions to, I will gladly try to contact them and see what we can set up. This thread will now be closed and when the answers are posted, everyone can discuss them in the new thread.

    Once again, thanks alot for all the wonderful questions.