Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Symposium at the International Palynological Conference - Tokyo, Japan

International Palynological Conference (23-30th of August, 2012; Tokyo, Japan);

Theme: Cenozoic plants and biosphere surrounding them

Symposium SS42: Neogene global tectonic and climatic change as drivers in plant evolution: linking the palynological, palaeobotanical and molecular records

The Neogene period represents the transition to our modern world, when crucial geographical features such as topographic relief, drainage patterns and oceanic currents were laid out. It also represents the run-up to the ‘icehouse’ world with final bleeps of a ‘greenhouse’ during the Middle Miocene (c. 15 Ma) and Middle Pliocene (c. 4 Ma). The combined effects of global tectonic and climatic change was critical for floral and faunal evolution, but also determined present biodiversity patterns, particularly this latter aspect was only identified by scientists in recent years. Interdisciplinary studies that include the geological history, palynology, palaeobotany and molecular phylogeny potentially can offer new insights into our understanding of plant evolution and diversification. In this session we encourage palynologists, palaeobotanists and molecular biologists who work at the interface of their disciplines to present their research on the Neogene evolution of plants and algae in geologically dynamic regions from all over the globe and from both marine and/or continental settings. The insights gained from this type of research are relevant when modeling the impact of future climatic change, but also where it concerns drafting guidelines for conservation policies in regions of high biodiversity.


Dr. Carina Hoorn

Palaeo-ecology and Landscape Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Dr. Andre Pardo

Universidad de Caldas, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas, Calle 65 No. 26-10, Manizales, Colombia


Dr. Alexandre Antonelli

Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden & University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences,Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden


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