Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable

The American Geophysical Union, American Society for Microbiology, and American Academy of Microbiology invite you to attend a lecture:

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable
Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Geology

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Where: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Free to attend

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Speaker Paul Falkowski will take attendees deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible–and how human life today would cease to exist without them.

The lecture will examine the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth. And Falkowski will explain how these miniature engines are built–and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies.

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