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VIRTUAL GSL Public Lecture: A deep time perspective on climate and ecology

15 March 2022
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Geological Society Events, 2022 Year of Sustainability, Climate
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A deep time perspective on climate and ecology  

This talk will integrate fossil and modern data to disentangle some of the long-term ecological and evolutionary responses of species to climate change. More specifically, I will discuss some of my recent research that examines (1) potential climate mechanisms responsible for the latitudinal diversity gradient; (2) the role of geography in regulating extinction magnitude during climate change; and (3) the degree to which climate has shifted the geographic distributions of entire groups over time. These studies provide a bottom-up perspective on the generation and maintenance of biodiversity under climate change and enhance our understanding of the interaction of species’ intrinsic macroecological characteristics with a dynamic extrinsic climate.


Erin Saupe is a Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences. Her research investigates the interactions between life and environments over geological time scales. She is specifically interested in elucidating the controls on community and species’ responses to environmental change across various spatial and temporal scales. Before joining the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, she was a research fellow at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies at Yale University. She received a BA in Natural Sciences from the College of St. Benedict (USA) in 2007, and a PhD in Palaeobiology from the University of Kansas (USA) in 2014.


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