Geobiologists and paleontologists, attention please:
Consider joining our session “7.2 Living Earth – geobiological and paleontological perspectives on an evolving planet” at the GeoMinKöln (11.–15.09.2022, University of Cologne, Germany)! We have lined up exciting guest speakers (Karim Benzerara, CNRS Paris, France; Kurt Konhauser, University of Alberta, Canada) and are very much looking forward to interesting, stimulating conversations about ancient life. Abstract deadline is May 31st. More information can be found below and here: www.geominkoeln2022.de.
Organizers: J.-P. Duda (University of Tübingen), C. Heim and H. Mißbach-Karmrodt (University of Cologne), M. Reinhardt (University of Göttingen)
Keynote speaker: Karim Benzerara (CNRS Paris, France)
Ever since life emerged, the Earth has been shaped by continuous interactions between the biosphere and geosphere. Fascinated by the intimate relationship between living and non-living matter on our planet, and seeking to understand how our modern world came into being, we invite contributions that explore (micro)organisms and their habitats through deep time and space. Attempting to understand the past and looking into the future, we also encourage presentations that elucidate complex bio-geo interactions at play in modern environments. We welcome geobiological studies that employ approaches from various disciplines (e.g., sedimentology, paleontology, geomicrobiology, geochemistry), including innovative state-of-the-art analytical techniques, experimental work or modelling.
The session is linked to, and generously supported by, the DFG SPP 1833 “Building a Habitable Earth".
Geological and biological processes have been inherently linked throughout Earth’s history. This permanent interaction has been the driver for most key-developments in the history of life. Despite this meaning, however, the co-evolution of life and Earth during critical intervals is still only poorly constrained. This is partly due to the fact that research activities are commonly rather discipline- than problem-specific, making a holistic discussion of crucial developments complicated.
The research group “Early Life“ will provide a platform for the interdisciplinary discussion of any topic related to the co-evolution of life and Earth through time. Focus areas include the reconstruction of Hadean-Archean life processes, the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian diversification of complex life (metazoans, metaphytes), as well as critical intervals in the Phanerozoic (e.g. the Permian-Triassic boundary). Comments, suggestions and proposals for further topics are welcome at any time.
Anyone interested in joining the research committee „Early Life“ should contact Jan-Peter Duda and/or Joachim Reitner.