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Framing an agenda for understanding the origin and rise of complex life

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Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Satellite meeting organised by Professor Rachel Wood, Professor Philip Donoghue, Professor Simon Poulton, Professor Tim Lenton and Dr Alex Liu.

Framing an agenda for understanding the origin and rise of complex life

The Satellite meeting will allow exploration of issues and controversies raised in the Discussion meeting by focused interrogation of key multidisciplinary topics, interwoven with extensive, open discussion.

These will include:
1. Reducing uncertainty in the record
2. Modelling tipping points and biotic responses
3. Understanding the role of diagenesis

Such a format will advance understanding and help frame future agendas.

More information on the programme and registration will be available soon. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking.

  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration essential
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

11 September

09:00-12:30

Session 1

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09:05-09:45 The transition from low-energy bacterial oceans to a highly productive eukaryotic world

09:45-10:30 Pumping and swimming through time - macroevolutionary control of oceanic expression

Dr Nicholas Butterfield, University of Cambridge, UK

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10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 The evolution of complex life and the stabilization of the Earth system

11:45-12:30 Unicellular perspectives on eukaryotic multicellularity

13:30-17:00

Session 2

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14:15-15:00 The Tonian carbonate factory and the long-term evolution of the Precambrian CaCO3 cycle

Dr Nicholas Tosca, University of Cambridge, UK

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15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:15 Effects of positive feedbacks due to S cycle imbalance and sea level on biosphere resilience during the emergence and radiation of complex life

16:15-17:00 Terminal Ediacaran evolution of complex life and environment

Dr Shuhai Xiao, Virginia Tech, USA

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12 September

09:00-12:30

Session 3

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09:00-09:45 Using organic carbon isotopes of single microfossils to illuminate Proterozoic eukaryotic ecosystems

09:45-10:30 The rise of complex life: a view from the trace-fossil record

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Early metazoan evolution in the background of changeable oceans (isotopes, elements, species)

11:45-12:30 Microbial contribution to fossilization of soft animal tissues

13:30-17:00

Session 4

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13:30-14:15 The Ediacaran Weng’an biota: a fantastic window for better understanding the rise of complex multicellular life

Zongjun Yin, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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14:15-15:00 The dynamics of Ediacaran ecosystems

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:15 Novelties in the early history of complex life and the environmental expansion of developmental opportunity space

Dr Douglas Erwin, National Museum of Natural History, USA

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16:15-17:00 Panel discussion

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Framing an agenda for understanding the origin and rise of complex life

Satellite meeting organised by Professor Rachel Wood, Professor Philip Donoghue, Professor Simon Poulton, Professor Tim Lenton and Dr Alex Liu.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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