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
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
Biogeography is the study of the geography of life — from physiological, morphological and genetic variation among individuals and populations to differences in the diversity and composition of biotas along geographic gradients. Biogeography provides a holistic understanding of the relationships between the Earth and its biota.
The International Biogeography Society (IBS) was founded in 2001 with the following mission: (1) Foster communication and collaboration between biogeographers in disparate academic fields - scientists who would otherwise have little opportunity for substantive interaction and collaboration. (2) Increase both the awareness and interests of the scientific community and the lay public in the contributions of biogeographers. (3) Promote the training and education of biogeographers so that they may develop sound strategies for studying and conserving the world’s biota.