Dr. Andrew Snelling, one of the world’s most respected creation scientists specializing in geological studies, joined Answers in Genesis in 2007 as the organization’s new director of research, and also as a speaker for layperson and technical audiences. The addition of Dr. Snelling has further confirmed AiG’s effort to meet the highest standards in its research in creation studies.
Dr. Snelling, who spent considerable time serving as a consultant in developing the AiG Creation Museum’s large flood-geology room, becomes AiG’s first full-time Ph.D. in the field of geology. Dr. Snelling earned his PhD degree in geology from the University of Sydney in Australia.
Dr. Snelling has extensive experience working in the mining industry in Australia. One of his main areas of research has been the study of methods used in dating rocks, a key area of research for groups like AiG, which are convinced of a young age for the earth. Snelling’s research, for example, has shown different radioisotope dates on the same rock samples. In addition, Dr. Snelling’s research has indicated that radioactive decay rates must not have been constant in the past, citing the halos in rock crystals, which clearly show radioactive decay was accelerated in the past.
Dr. Snelling’s research has demonstrated that a global flood more than 4,300 years ago explains most rock layers and fossil deposits found around the world. Building from this foundation, Dr. Snelling has made predictions as to what should be found if a catastrophic global flood actually happened (e.g., the existence of extensive rock layers).
While working with AiG, Dr. Snelling will still be based in Australia, but will make lengthy regular visits to AiG’s northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area offices and elsewhere as needed. He and his wife Kym have three adult children.
“We are ecstatic to have someone of Dr. Snelling’s caliber to oversee research projects, write science articles, and also give occasional lectures at the museum and at other venues on behalf AiG and the Creation Museum,” Ham said. “A gifted communicator, Dr. Snelling is just as effective speaking to a lay audience, as he is to a group of academic peers.”