Professor Stuart Sutherland, Ph.D.

Professor Stuart Sutherland
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Leicester
I love investigating life’s story and how major geological events have colored that story. I am also passionate about helping people ‘read the rocks’ so they can peel back the pages of Earth’s history for themselves.

Dr. Stuart Sutherland is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Raised in the United Kingdom, he earned an undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Plymouth and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Leicester for his studies on Silurian microfossils called chitinozoa. Professor Sutherland discovered his passion for teaching during an appointment at Brunel University in London. He went on to postdoctoral research at the Natural History Museum in London, working with other paleontologists to understand the Devonian organic-walled microfossils of the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain. During this time, he completed a postgraduate teaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Since 2000, Professor Sutherland has been on the faculty at UBC’s Vancouver campus, where his interests center on Earth history and paleontology. He is a three-time winner of the UBC Earth and Ocean Sciences Teaching Award. He also received the Faculty of Science Teaching Award and the Killam Teaching Prize, and he was named a “popular professor” in two editions of Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities.

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"Dr. Sutherland connected all the dots for me about so much. His lectures kept me interested and did not go over my head."

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21 Courses and Sets

  1. Introduction to Paleontology Sale

    Introduction to Paleontology

    Stuart Sutherland
    4.5 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (87)
    Save up to $219.95 Starting at $35.00 $269.95 $35.00$269.95
    Introduction to Paleontology is a thrilling journey through Earth’s history—from a lifeless planet to initial bursts of life, from extinctions to recovery, and ultimately to our world today. Relying considerably on the National Museum of Natural History’s curatorial expertise and extensive collections and taught by award-winning Professor Stuart Sutherland, this course reveals how paleontology helps us better...
  2. A New History of Life Sale

    A New History of Life

    Stuart Sutherland
    4.8 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (70)
    Save up to $324.95 Starting at $50.00 $374.95 $50.00$374.95
    Could our planet have been seeded with life from elsewhere? How have natural forces conspired to remove most traces of life from the planet? And how has life itself responded with determination to survive and thrive in a multitude of astonishing forms? Learn about the amazing story of our world— its origins, extinctions, and evolutions—in the 36 lavishly illustrated lectures of A New History of Life. This is a...
  3. (Set)  A New History of Life & Oceanography Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Oceanography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  4. (Set) A New History of Life & Major Transitions in Evolution  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Major Transitions in Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Explore the amazing story of the origin, extinctions, regenerations, and evolutions that gave rise to our present Earth and its boundless diversity in this lavishly illustrated course set that gives you a strong grasp on how our Earth came to be over 4.54 billion years. First, in A New History of Life, you'll gain the conceptual tools to understand such fundamental ideas as fossilization, stratigraphy, cladistics,...
  5. (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & A New History of Life  Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Pair The Origin and Evolution of Earth with A New History of Life and you will gain a truly broad and rich understanding of our planet and the life forms that have called it home. From the awe-inspiring travels of chondrite meteorites to the prior existence of 20-inch-long cockroaches, these courses are full of amazing facts you’ll want to share.
  6. (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore the amazing story of the origin, extinctions, regenerations, and evolutions that gave rise to our present Earth and its boundless diversity in this lavishly illustrated course set that gives you a strong grasp on how our Earth and all its features came to be, from the big bang to the present. First, in A New History of Life, you'll gain the conceptual tools to understand such fundamental ideas as...
  7. (Set) A New History of Life & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  8. (Set) A New History of Life & The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  9. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Introduction to Paleontology Set

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Introduction to Paleontology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get a deeper understanding of the what’s around you with this two-course set created in partnership with the Smithsonian. Better understand and appreciate the magnificence of underwater world with Life in the World's Oceans. Then, explore the latest paleontological discoveries and what they reveal about life on Earth with Introduction to Paleontology.
  10. (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & The Origin and Evolution of Earth Set

    (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & The Origin and Evolution of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Examine the changes we have endured since the beginning of time with this illuminating two-course set. Start with what modern science and technology have uncovered about the history of life on Earth with Introduction to Paleontology. With The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence, experience the thrill of the epic story of Earth in an enlightening new perspective.
  11. (Set) Plant Science & A New History of Life Set

    (Set) Plant Science & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the story of our world and the different living things that have populated it with this fascinating two-course set. Start with Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany and learn to see and appreciate the amazing plants all around you. Then, discover the all-embracing story of life on Earth—its origins, extinctions, and evolutions with A New History of Life.
  12. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & A New History of Life Set

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Get an all-encompassing view of the story of life on Earth—its origins, extinctions, and evolutions—with this two-course set focusing on the history of our beautiful planet. Start with the geological history of our most spectacular sites in Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America. Then turn to A New History of Earth looking at every milestone in the 4.54-billion-year journey from a nascent...
  13. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & A New History of Life Set

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Discover Earth like you’ve never seen it before with this two-course set. Get to know the all the wonders that call the seas home in Life in the World's Oceans. Then, learn the history of life in a dramatic new way with this fascinating course that draws upon biology, earth science, and other disciplines to explain life’s mysterious origins with A New History of Life.
  14. (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & Big History Set

    (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Hear an ever-evolving story with this two-course set that looks at the history of everything. Open your eyes to a 4.54 billion-year history more thrilling than science fiction could have imagined with Introduction to Paleontology. And traverse the expanse of cosmic history - 13.7 billion years of it - starting with the big bang to the present moment with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of...
  15. (Set) Zoology & Introduction to Paleontology Set

    (Set) Zoology & Introduction to Paleontology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover the fascinating world of animals past and present with this two-course set. Join a zoologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to reveal the scientific marvels of animal life in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, take a thrilling journey through Earth’s history—from a lifeless planet to initial bursts of life, from extinctions to recovery, and ultimately to our world today with...