Gunter Bechly

Günter Bechly is a German paleontologist, Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, and senior research scientist at Biologic Institute in Redmond, USA. His research focuses on the fossil history of insects, discontinuities in the history of life, and the waiting time problem. He earned his Ph.D. with summa cum laude from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany). He worked from 1999-2016 as curator for amber and fossil insects at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart (Germany). He has authored or co-authored about 150 scientific publications, including a co-edited book published by Cambridge University Press and a popular science book on evolution. He has discovered and named more than 160 new species and has ten biological groups named in his honor. He has served on the editorial boards of two scientific journals and has organized five large public exhibitions on earth history and evolution. He has been interviewed widely in German media and served as a science advisor for three natural history documentaries by BBC and Richard Attenborough.