Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The TW:eed Project Presents!

The TW:eed team presented two conferences recently. The first was the SVPCA annual symposium, where TW:eed members hosted a special Symposium in honour of Stan Wood. The second was IGCP 580-596, a joint meeting about mid Palaeozoic geophysical/geochemical records and palaeoclimate.

SVPCA 2013 and the Stan Wood Symposium

The Society for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy held its 2013 meeting in Edinburgh at the end of August. On Friday 30th August a special symposium in honour of the late Stan Wood was held, at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, to commemorate his life’s work. The conference was a bit hit and the symposium was very successful, with a record number of 168 delegates in attendance. Representatives from the TW:eed research team included Nick Fraser, Stig Walsh, Andy Ross, Tim Smithson, Jenny Clack, Rob Clack, Ket Smithson, Dave Millward, Mike Coates, Per Ahlberg, Zerina Johanson and Matt Friedman from the TW:eed Project. At the weekend a fieldtrip to the Scottish Borders and localities of the TW:eed project ran with 39 participants.

Participants of SVPCA 2013 at the National Museum of Scotland (photograph courtesy of Richard Forrest)

IGCP 596: A Window on the Palaeozoic World
At the same time as the SVPCA conference, I went to the joint meeting of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) projects 580 and 596 in Calgary, Canada. The meeting was called ‘Geophysical and Geochemical Techniques: A window on the Palaeozoic World’, and I was there to present to the IGCP596 project group, which is about climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Palaeozoic. It was fantastic to talk to the project participants about their research and discuss the evidence for Devonian/Carboniferous climate change and extinctions from sites across the world. I talked about the work of the TW:eed project in understanding the evolution of tetrapods across the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary and the extinction event at that time.

IGCP 596 participants examining core from the late Devonian in a special core workshop

It is only through research collaboration with projects like IGCP that we can piece together a picture of global change across these intervals that are of such importance to understanding the evolution of life on Earth.

Until next time


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