Professor Lynn Margulis is currently Distinguished University Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Widely known for her provocative work on the origins of eukaryotic cells, and as promulgator of the "Gaia hypothesis." Her books include: (with D. Sagan) Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors; (with K. Schwartz) Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth; Symbiosis in Cell Evolution, and many other monographs and edited works. Her interests span a broad range from the origins of sex, to global ecology, to evolutionary innovation. A popular lecturer and teacher, she has a gift for making complex biological principles accessible to lay audiences and has lectured all over the world.
Last Updated: 9/14/09