Friday, the 11th Professor Minik Rosing gave his lecture “The emergence and early evolution of life on Earth – and what it tells us about our future” in front of more than 200 people.
There is no part of Earth’s 3800 million years of recorded geological history where life has not been present. Life controls the composition of the atmosphere and the oceans, and it has profoundly influenced the structure and composition of the solid Earth. Understanding the evolution of metabolic strategies is of fundamental importance for understanding geology. Understanding pasts impacts of biological inventions on Earth’s environment allows us to better understand ourselves and our environmental impacts.
Professor Susanne Mandrup, D-IAS Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who invited Minik Rosing, says following after the lecture:
“Minik Rosing gave a fantastic and most inspiring talk about his discoveries in Greenlandic rocks about early life on the planet – discoveries that shift the origin of life back several hundreds of millions of years. He also talked about his recent suggestion to use Greenlandic glacial mud as fertilizer in the tropics and how this could help feed the growing population on the planet, preserve forest and lower net CO2 production.”
Professor Bo Thamdrup, Department of Biology, who also attended the lecture, says:
“In his presentation Minik demonstrated an impressively broad scientific perspective, ranging from the earliest evidence for life on earth to potential solutions to some of the most pressing global issues. He managed to present cutting-edge research and thought-provoking ideas and hypotheses in an entertaining and capturing manner. Particular, I found Minik’s dedication to putting his great geobiological expertise to use in solving some of the major fundamental problems associated with the growing world population highly inspiring.”
Minik Rosing is a professor at Museum of Geology, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen.