Marine ecosystems in hothouse worlds

13 February 2015, 1.00 PM - 13 February 2015, 2.00 PM

G25, Wills Memorial Building

This Palaeobiolgy discussion group talk will be given by Professor Richard Twitchett, Natural History Museum, London.


Most of the major extinction events of the Phanerozoic are associated with climate change, in particular global warming. The fossil record thus provides a series of 'natural experiments' that enable us to examine the responses of marine ecosystems to global warming at a range of geographic, temporal and taxonomic scales that are far beyond the scope of modern, small-scale experiments. A key challenge is deciphering this record. Focusing on the critical Early Mesozoic interval, two questions will be addressed: how was marine ecosystem functioning affected by past global warming? and, which environmental factors were the most important in driving ecological change?

This event is open to all UoB staff and students.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

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