Member of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the Molecular Biology Institute, and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as Director of the IGPP Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life (CSEOL).
Paleobiology-evolution of primitive Precambrian organisms; organic geochemistry of ancient sediments; evolutionary biology; atmospheric evolution, paleobotany.
Discoverer of the oldest fossils now known on Earth, he has pursued geological and biological field studies in Australia, India, China, Europe, South Africa, North America, and the former Soviet Union.
He is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Mary Clark Thompson Medal of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and seven other major awards.
Schopf, J.W., (Ed.), Earth's Earliest Biosphere, It's Origin and Evolution, Princeton U. Press, 543 pp, 1983.
Schopf, J.W. (Ed.), Major Events in the History of Life, Jones and Bartlett, 190 pp., 1992.
Schopf, J.W. and C. Klein (Ed.), The Proterozoic Biosphere, a Multidisciplinary Study, Cambridge U. Press, 1348 pp., 1992.
Schopf, J.W., Microfossils of the Early Archean Apex chert: new evidence of the antiquity of life. Science, 260, 640-646, 1993.
Schopf, J.W., Disparate rates, differing fates: The rules of evolution changed from the Precambrian to the Phanerozoic. Proc. Nat. Adad. Sci. USA, 91, 6735-6742, 1994.
Marshall, C. and Schopf, J.W. (Eds.), Evolution and the Molecular Revolution, Jones and Bartlett, 175pp., 1995.
Schopf, J.W., Metabolic memories of Earth's earliest biosphere, in C. Marshall and J.W.
Schopf (Eds), Evolution and the Molecular Revolution, Jones and Bartlett, 73-107, 1995.