US-China Workshop on Critical Transitions held 4-6 April 2015 at the Field Museum, Chicago, US

      The US-China Critical Transitions Workshop 2015 will be held at the Field Museum of Natural History at Chicago, United States on April 4-6, 2015. It is organized by the Chicago team, including Zhe-Xi Luo, Pat Herendeen, Kasey Mennie, and Peter Makovicky, The workshop focus on “The Rise of Modern Biodiversity – A Workshop addressing Critical Transitions in the History of Life”. With over 50 participants and 42 talks and poster presentations, it promises to be a wide-ranging and rich discussion of current progress in paleontology and evolutionary studies.

      The workshop will feature two sessions each day, with a session devoted to each of the following themes:
1) TIMING AND ORIGINS OF MODERN BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS.
2) THE RISE OF MODERN DIVERSITY: COMBINING PALEONTOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVES
3) SEDIMENTOLOGY, TAPHONOMY AND THE STUDY OF FOSSILIZED SOFT TISSUES IN MAJOR LAGERSTÄTTEN
4) CLIMATIC AND BIOTIC EVOLUTION IN THE NEOGENE

      Each session will start off with a series of 5-8 speakers who will give short lightning talks (of no more than 10 minutes including introductions and questions) followed by a discussion with the aim of identifying new research directions and shared interests. Besides speakers, we have identified a number of panelists to each session who we look to for promoting and inspiring discussion discussion through their expertise on the topic. We also encourage everyone present to contribute to the discussions. Each day of the workshop will feature a poster session, and posters will hang for the full duration of the workshop.

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     National Science      Foundation

National Natural Science Foundation of China

    Geobiodiversity     Database