Woodward Fischer

2011 Fellow

Current Institution: California Institute of Technology

Geosciences

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About Woodward Fischer's Work

The rock record reveals that life has been a conspicuous part of our planet for at least the last 3.5 billion years, and thus, the history of the Earth is inseparable from the history of life on Earth. We study the coevolution of life and Earth surface environments through diverse and fundamental transitions in Earth history—singularities that forever changed the way in which these partners interact—to understand these transitions mechanistically and in detail. These research questions are historical in nature and stem from geological observations. Our research group employs field geology, petrography, and geochemical measurements on returned field samples, and laboratory experiments concerning the metabolisms and molecular biology of selected extant organisms, chosen to provide insight into ancient geobiological processes and phenomena.