Marine ecosystems in ancient hothouse worlds

Friday 26 February 2016 - 16:00 to 17:00
NOC Southampton - Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre (Waterfront Campus).
Professor Richard Twitchett (Natural History Museum)

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 in deciphering this record. Focusing on the critical Late Permian to Middle Jurassic 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?

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