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The origin and rise of complex life: integrating models, geochemical and palaeontological data

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

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

The origin and rise of complex life: integrating models, geochemical and palaeontological data

Understanding of the triggers and timing of the rise of complex life ~720-520 million years ago has expanded dramatically in recent years. This meeting will integrate diverse and novel geochemical and palaeontological data to create testable hypotheses for the differing roles of changing climate, oceanic redox, nutrient availability, and ecosystem feedbacks, across this profound, but enigmatic, transitional period.

More information on the programme and speakers 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.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 9 September. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team with the subject heading "Complex Life: poster abstract" no later than Friday 21 June 2019. 

Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

09 September

09:00-12:30

Session 1

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Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, UK

09:05-09:30 Quantitative reconstruction of Earth’s surface conditions during the rise of complex life

Benjamin Mills, University of Leeds, UK

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09:45-10:15 Microbial mats and oxygen oases as hotspots for evolution

Dr Kurt Konhauser, University of Alberta, Canada

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10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Sponges as the Rosetta Stone of colonial to multi-cellular transition

Professor Maja Adamska, Australian National University, Australia

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11:45-12:15 Tracking the evolution of the Neoproterozoic marine biosphere using molecular fossils

Professor Gordon Love, University of California, Riverside, USA

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13:30-18:00

Session 2

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Professor Simon Poulton, University of Leeds, UK

13:30-14:00 Widespread low oxygen waters limited habitable space for early animals

Dr Rosalie Tostevin, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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14:15-14:45 Real and fake planktonic ecology in silico: using numerical models to explore the marine environmental impacts of the rise of complex life

Professor Andy Ridgwell, University of Bristol, UK

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15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:00 Everything about Neoproterozoic environmental changes and animal evolution (except for oxygen)

Professor Erik Sperling, Stanford University, USA

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16:15-16:45 Tracking primary productivity through the Proterozoic

Dr Noah Planavsky, Yale University, USA

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17:00-18:00 Poster session

10 September

09:00-12:30

Session 3

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Professor Rachel Wood, University of Edinburgh, UK

09:00-09:45 Title tbc

Professor Mary Droser, University of California, Riverside, USA

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09:45-10:30 Clay minerals and the fossilisation of early complex life

Dr Ross P Anderson, University of Oxford, UK

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10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 The rise of bioturbation: tracking and modelling the development of the sedimentary mixed layer

Dr Lidya Tarhan, Yale University, USA

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11:45-12:30 Key innovations and the Cambrian Explosion - a post hoc fallacy?

Professor Graham Budd, Uppsala University, Sweden

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13:30-17:00

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Dr Alex Liu, University of Cambridge, UK

13:30-14:15 Ediacaran stratigraphy and global correlation

Professor Maoyan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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14:15-15:00 Developing a spatio-temporal scaffolding for the integration of data and data-model comparison

Dr Daniel Condon, British Geological Survey, UK

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15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:15 Oxygen, biomarkers and the nature of early eukaryotes

Professor Susannah Porter, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

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16:15-17:00 Panel discussion

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The origin and rise of complex life: integrating models, geochemical and palaeontological data

9 - 10 September 2019

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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