Dean's Distinguished Lecture series

The LAS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series provides an opportunity for members of the LAS community and the broader campus community to hear from some of the college’s most distinguished faculty and alumni. Talks will be appropriate for people of all backgrounds, so previous knowledge in a specific topic is not required. Talks are open to the public.

Earth BioGenome Project: Sequencing Life for the Future of Life

Presented by Gene E. Robinson, Director of the Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Swanlund Chair of Entomology and Neuroscience

This presentation was held on October 29, 2019.

Increasing our understanding of Earth's biodiversity and responsibly stewarding its resources are among the most crucial scientific and societal challenges of the new millennium. These challenges require fundamental new knowledge of the organization, evolution, functions, and interactions among the entire planet's organisms. This lecture describes the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a moonshot for biology that aims to sequence, catalog, and characterize the genomes of all of Earth's eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of 10 years.