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Future Meeting: Lyell Meeting 2018: Mass extinctions – understanding the world’s worst crises

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Location: Burlington House, London, UK
Organisers: Prof. Paul Wignall (University of Leeds, UK) and Dr David Bond (University of Hull, UK)
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The study of mass extinctions is one of the most interdisciplinary research areas within Earth and environmental sciences. Recent, major advances have come from a broad spectrum of fields, including atmospheric modelling, high-precision age dating, volcanology, geochemistry, stratigraphy and palaeontology.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting aims to highlight these achievements and showcases the improved understanding we now have of the great environmental catastrophes of the past. The Meeting aims to encompass the full spectrum of crises seen in the Phanerozoic fossil record.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting provides a platform to assess the current stratigraphic and geochemical records of environmental change during mass extinction events and the role of atmospheric climate modelling in understanding the causes of the crises. The goal is to evaluate the relative importance of environmental changes in major episodes of species extinctions, and to further explore the mechanisms that link these proximal kill mechanisms to the ultimate drivers, such as large igneous province eruptions and meteorite impacts.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear research developments happening in diverse disciplines applied to all mass extinction events.

We invite oral and poster abstract submissions for the meeting, and these should be sent in a Word document to Naomi Newbold by 1 December 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Mike Benton (University of Bristol)

Dr Sofie Lindström (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)

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