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Lyell Meeting 2018: Mass extinctions – understanding the world’s worst crises

07 March 2018
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1. Geological Society Events, The Micropalaeontological Society, The Palaeontographical Society, The Palaeontological Association
The Geological Society (Burlington House)
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The study of mass extinctions is one of the most interdisciplinary research areas within Earth and environmental sciences. Recent, major advances have come from a broad spectrum of fields, including atmospheric modelling, high-precision age dating, volcanology, geochemistry, stratigraphy and palaeontology.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting aims to highlight these achievements and showcases the improved understanding we now have of the great environmental catastrophes of the past. The Meeting aims to encompass the full spectrum of crises seen in the Phanerozoic fossil record.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting provides a platform to assess the current stratigraphic and geochemical records of environmental change during mass extinction events and the role of atmospheric climate modelling in understanding the causes of the crises. The goal is to evaluate the relative importance of environmental changes in major episodes of species extinctions, and to further explore the mechanisms that link these proximal kill mechanisms to the ultimate drivers, such as large igneous province eruptions and meteorite impacts.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear research developments happening in diverse disciplines applied to all mass extinction events. 

Keynote Speakers

Prof Mike Benton (University of Bristol)

Dr Sofie Lindström (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)

A full programme can be downloaded from the 'Downloads' box on the right. 


Paul Wignall (University of Leeds, UK)

Dave Bond (University of Hull, UK)


You can register for the conference online or by downloading the registration form and returning it to the Conference Office.

JCP members, Corporate Affiliates and GSL Associated Societies can register at a reduced fee. 

JCP members include members of The Palaeontological Association, The Micropalaeontological Society and The Palaeontographical Society

Corporate Affiliates          Find out if your company is a Corporate Affiliate

Associated Societies          GSL Associated Societies include AAPG, AIPG, GSA, NGWA, GAC and SEPM. See the Associated Societies list

JCP and Associated Societies members should choose the Other Societies booking option when registering. 

Student members of the Geological Society or the JCP are eligible for a free place.

Note: Only paid bookings can be made online. If you are eligible for a free booking, please download the registration form and send a completed copy to Naomi Newbold.

Please indicate on the form which Society you are from and include your membership number.  

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Registration rates

£ 55.00
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Geolsoc Contact

Naomi Newbold

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom