19 Apr 2018


The Co-Evolution of the Geosphere and Biosphere: A “Big-Data” Approach


Dr. Robert M. Hazen, Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory & George Mason University

A fundamental goal of the geological sciences is the deep understanding of planetary evolution. Recent research employing large and growing data resources in mineralogy, petrology, paleobiology, paleotectonics, geochemistry, and proteomics underscores the intertwined influences of life and rocks on Earth’s evolution. We therefore are exploring “big-data” approaches to longstanding problems in geology.

Data-driven discovery depends on three key developments: (1) enhanced data resources in diverse geo- and bio-related fields; (2) development and implementation of powerful analytical and visualization methods; and (3) creative framing of questions related to the evolving geosphere and biosphere in space and time.