Loren Babcock is a Professor in the School of Earth Sciences. His research focuses principally on the early history of multicellular animals (notably trilobites); biotic changes across the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition; Cambrian global chronostratigraphy; processes of fossilization; and various topics in evolutionary paleobiology such as the role of predation in evolution, and the evolutionary history of biologic asymmetry. He has authored more than 125 scientific articles, and authored or edited seven books including the widely acclaimed textbook, Visualizing Earth History. Prof. Babcock is the recipient of numerous awards including the Charles Schuchert Award for Excellence and Promise in Paleontology and the Erasmus Haworth Award for Distinguished Alumni Honors in Geology from the University of Kansas. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and The Paleontological Society, and currently serves as Secretary of the International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy.