Linking the palynological, palaeobotanical and molecular records

Submissions are open to the following symposium:

”Neogene global tectonic and climatic change as drivers in plant evolution: Linking the palynological, palaeobotanical and molecular records” (under theme: ”Cenozoic plants and biosphere surrounding them”)

– a symposium at the International Palynological Conference (23-30th of August, 2012; Tokyo, Japan);

Synopsis: The Neogene period represents the transition to our modern world, when crucial geographical features such as topographic relief, drainage patterns and oceanic currents were laid out. It also represents the run-up to the ‘icehouse’ world with final bleeps of a ‘greenhouse’ during the Middle Miocene (c. 15 Ma) and Middle Pliocene (c. 4 Ma). The combined effects of global tectonic and climatic change was critical for floral and faunal evolution, but also determined present biodiversity patterns, particularly this latter aspect was only identified by scientists in recent years.  Interdisciplinary studies in geological history, palynology, palaeobotany and molecular phylogeny potentially can offer new insights into our understanding of plant evolution and diversification. In this session we encourage palynologists, palaeobotanists and molecular biologists who work at the interface of their disciplines to present their research on the Neogene evolution of plants and algae in geologically dynamic regions from all over the globe and from both marine and/or continental settings. The insights gained from this type of research are relevant when modeling the impact of future climatic change, but also where it concerns drafting guidelines for conservation policies in regions of high biodiversity.


Dr. Carina Hoorn
Palaeo-ecology and Landscape Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Andre Pardo
Universidad de Caldas, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas, Calle 65 No. 26-10, Manizales, Colombia

Dr. Alexandre Antonelli
Gothenburg Botanical Garden & University of Gothenburg, Carl Skottsbergs gata 22, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden

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