In September 2019, IGCP 653 joined IGCP 652: Reading geologic time in Paleozoic sedimentary rocks to host Topical session T116: The Ordovician Earth: Integrated Perspectives on the fossil and rock records at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Phoenix, Arizona.
The session included fifteen oral presentations (link here) and five posters (link here). The session included broad coverage of all things Ordovician from chemostratigraphy, to paleooceanography, to patterns and processes of biotic diversification. Alexandre Pohl’s keynote focused on paleoclimate reconstructions, and Alycia Stigall’s keynote focused on improving understanding of the timing and duration of the GOBE by synthesizing sample-standardized diversity data with a broad suite of paleoenvironmental data.
IGPC 653 project members had many opportunities to collaborate and discuss their science during the week in both the formal setting of the session and informally during breaks and at the busy social calendar of GSA.