ryan gregory: microbes and meteors

biological research, subtle technologies — By on April 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

subtle technologies presentation

Life has existed on Earth for nearly 4 billion years, and currently includes an estimated 10-100 million species. The history of life has included both dramatic change (as with the “Cambrian explosion” that saw the rise of many major animal groups) and long-term stability: after billions of years, bacteria remain the most abundant forms of life. It has also involved both extensive diversification and enormous losses of diversity through five (and currently, a sixth) mass extinction events. This presentation will give a brief overview of the history and current diversity of life in order to provide the full biological context for questions of sustainability and long-term human survival.


Dr. Gregory completed his B.Sc. (Hons) at McMaster University in 1997 and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at the University of Guelph in 2002. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Natural History Museum in London, England, before returning to join the faculty at the University of Guelph. His primary research interests include genome evolution and biodiversity. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and awards for his research, and he also received a 2008 University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award for his teaching. Along with Julie Rene de Cotret (artist in residence, School of Environmental Sciences), he has been working to create a BioArt initiative at the University of Guelph.

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