The Research Group Early Life invites all paleontologists and geobiologists to their session "Early Earth – geodynamics, environments, & the emergence of life" at the GeoKarlsruhe 2021.
19.2 Early Earth – geodynamics, environments, & the emergence of life
Jan-Peter Duda (University of Tübingen), René Heller (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research Göttingen), Carsten Münker (University of Cologne), Joachim Reitner (University of Göttingen, Göttingen Academy of Sciences & Humanities)
From geodynamic processes to the long-term diversification of life – through geologic time, our planet has been influenced by a wide variety of forces. This session seeks to explore life, environment, and solid Earth in a planetary and astrophysical context. In particular, we are interested in processes that have shaped our Planet in deep time. We invite submissions across diverse disciplines – also beyond the Earth sciences – and welcome a wide range of contributions, including field and rock-based surveys, analytical studies, experimental work, and/or modelling approaches.
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.