Geochronology quantifies geological time as a means for integrating diverse geological records, establishing cause and effect, constraining the rates and durations of fundamental geological processes and phenomena, and testing time-dependent models for system evolution. The sessions explore the timing, tempo, and drivers of biotic evolution at the interface of Earth system and biological science topics, over a range of geological timescales and throughout Earth's history. The aim of the conference is to foster interactions among scientists and formulate strategies for synergistically exploiting opportunities and reducing limitations of current technology, infrastructure and scientific culture. We invite contributions that exploit and apply geochronology to a wide range of topics in Earth system and biotic evolution, describe novel approaches, highlight geochronologic needs, and foreshadow future developments.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.
- Future Prospects in Earth-System Geochronology
- Origins of Life
- Supercontinents and Biogeography
- Causes and Consequences of Early Animal Evolution
- Biological Radiations and Ecological Transformations
- Mass Extinctions: Causes and Consequences
- Developments in Geochronology: Data, Modeling and Interpretations
- Climate States Through Earth's History: Drivers and Influences
- Dating Our Recent Past to Understand Our Present and Future