Member of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission to give talk at Binghamton University


BINGHAMTON, NY – Andrew Knoll, geobiologist, team member for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, and professor of natural history, earth, and planetary sciences at Harvard University, will present "Mars as the Abode of Life?," at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in Lecture Hall 8 on the Binghamton University campus.

At 4 p.m. on Friday, Knoll will present “Life on a Young Planet (The Deep History of Life)” in room 162 of the Science 1 building. Knoll will discuss the history of the earliest microscopic life on Earth.  These talks, which are part of the Bartle Speaker series and sponsored by the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, are free and open to the public.

Knoll is one of the key investigators on NASA's Rover mission team examining whether the surface environment of Mars could have supported life. He has authored two books on the early evolution of the earth, and has been a past recipient of the Paleontology Society medal for his work on the advancement of knowledge in paleontology. Knoll is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.          

For more information, contact Tim Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, at 607-777-4254 or


Last Updated: 9/17/13