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Man smiling in front of fossil display

Simon Darroch

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: I am a geobiologist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, with a research program focused on understanding major changes in the evolution and complexity of Earth-Life systems. I investigate the evolution, ecology, and disappearance of some of the oldest complex eukaryotes (the ‘Ediacara biota’), and the causes and consequences of mass extinction events. This work is by necessity interdisciplinary, and combines aspects of biology, ecology, biogeography and geology.

Keywords: extinction, origination, paleontology, ecology, biogeography, Ediacaran, Cambrian