Dear IGCP 653 community,
The conveners of the 5th International Palaeontological Congress, to be held from July 9th to 13th in Paris, France, warmly invite you to submit an abstract the the IGCP 653 sponsored scientific session: The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification (GOBE): fossils, radiations and Lagerstätten (S37).
Much more information is available on the conference website: https://ipc5.sciencesconf.org
Abstract submission is closing in less than two weeks on on February 15th.
We hope to see you in Paris,
T. Servais, D. Harper, B. Lefebvre, A. Hunter
The 2nd Circular, which provides details of the Regional Workshop and Field Excursion to be held Feb 12-16 in Morocco is now available.
We look forward to the first meeting of the IGCP 653 project on the African continent!
Click here for 2nd Circular
Hello IGCP 653-ers,
We have a strong lineup of over 30 presentations in sessions sponsored by our project at the upcoming Geological Society of America meeting. Please be sure to join us if you are attending the meeting in Seattle.
Our primary session “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE): Testing hypotheses with diverse data sets” will convened by Alycia Stigall and Rebecca Freeman on Monday afternoon.
We look forward to vibrant discussions and exciting new science in Seattle!
IGCP 653 co-organizers
The third annual meeting of IGCP 653: The Onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event will be hosted on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, June 3-7, 2018.
The scientific sessions in Athens include a mid-conference field trip and will be preceded and followed by geological excursions to classic sections ranging from Cambrian through Katian in age, allowing participants to observe sedimentological, biological, and ecological changes across the GOBE and the resulting ecosystems.
We welcome contributions on all aspects of the late Cambrian through Ordovician earth system.
Download the First Circular. The meeting website is http://igcp653athens2018.wordpress.com
Please indicate your interests by filling in the following the form below and send to IGCP653@gmail.com
Download fillable PDF form: click here
We look forward to welcoming you to Ohio. GO BE in Ohio!
on behalf of the organizing committee and Project 653 co-leaders
The early registration and abstract deadline for the Annual meeting in Yichang, China is August 15, only two weeks away!
Register here: http://igcp653-china2017.geobiodiversity.com
The organizers are planning a scientifically exciting and productive meeting. We hope that you will be able to join us!
Funding is available through the IGCP program to provide partial travel support for students and scientists from developing nations participating in the Annual meeting. To to apply for support, email Project Leader Thomas Servais (Thomas.Servais@univ-lille1.fr) .
More information here:
IGCP 653 project website
We hope to see you in Yichang in October!
Dear IGCP 653 members,
The deadline is quickly approaching for submitting an abstract to the “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event (GOBE): Testing Hypotheses with Diverse Data Sets” session at upcoming 2017 Geological Society of America conference in Seattle, Washington. Abstract submission is open now and will close on August 1st. For more information about the GSA meeting visit: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2017/home.
There are many other session at GSA that will be of interest to this group, and we hope to see you there!
In other news, the first papers from the Lethaia special volume stemming from the Durham meeting are now available in Early View. A list of IGCP 653 related publications is maintained on our website here: http://www.igcp653.org/publications/
We are eager to document all papers related to the project. Please make Alycia Stigall (email@example.com) aware of any IGCP 653 related papers you publish so she can keep the list updated. We encourage all members to identify related work as part of this project in the acknowledgements section using the sentence “This paper is a contribution to the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 653 – The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event.”
The second annual meeting of the International Geoscience Programme Project 653 “Filling the gap between Cambrian Explosion and the GOBE” will be held in Yichang, China from October 8 through 18, 2017.
The second circular is now available with details of registration, abstract submission, publication venue, field trip itineraries, travel and accommodations, and visa information.
- August 15, 2017: Deadline for submitting abstracts or extended summary through the web of the Yichang meeting (http://igcp653-china2017.geobiodiversity.com/) or to the e-mail box of the meeting (IGCP653.China2017@nigpas.ac.cn)
- September 15, 2017: Distribution of Third (last) Circular
- October 8, 2017: Icebreaker of the meeting
- October 13, 2017: Start of the post-conference field excursion
- December 31, 2017: Deadline for submitting proceeding paper to Palaeoworld
We are convening a topical session entitled “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event (GOBE): Testing Hypotheses with Diverse Data Sets” at the 2017 Geological Society of America conference. The conference will be held 22-25 October in Seattle, Washington. For this session (T60) we invite contributions testing hypotheses concerning the Late Cambrian to Ordovician biotic and abiotic drivers of marine diversification in all contexts. We welcome diverse data sets illuminate the timing, initiating conditions, stratigraphy, and paleontology of this significant event in Earth’s history. Our invited speakers include Katherine Marenco (Byrn Mawr University), Seth Young (Florida State), and Jesse Carlucci (Midwestern State University).
This session is a regional meeting of IGCP Project 653, The Onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiverisifcation Event http://www.igcp653.org. The goal of this project is to better constrain the triggering causes leading to establishment of modern marine ecosystems and also to the identification of the reasons of the first collapse of these environments during the Late Ordovician mass extinction. Our GSA session will be the first opportunity for project participants to meet in North America.
The goal of this session is to bring together geoscientists from a diverse set of fields including palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochemistry, palaeooceanography, palaeoclimatology to present new research bearing on the initiating factors and timing of the GOBE. By assembling a diverse set of speakers and topics, it is our hope that all participants will develop additional capacity to consider and ultimately integrate additional data streams within analyses and interpretations of their own data.
If you have a current project that fits the scope of our session we hope that you will consider submitting an abstract. Abstract submission is open now and will close on August 1st. For more information about the GSA meeting visit: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2017/home
Please contact either of us if you have any questions and forward this announcement to others who may be interested in contributing.
Alycia Stigall (Ohio University, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rebecca Freeman (University of Kentucky, email@example.com)
A new paper published in Nature Communication by a group of IGCP 653-realted authors, led by Anders Lindskog is bringing global media attention once again to the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event. Their article (here) indicates that the timing of maximum diversification does not overlap with the significant Middle Ordovician meteorite peak.
Lindskog, A.L., Costa, M.M., Rasmussen, C.M.Ø., Connelly, J.N. & Eriksson, M.E. 2017. Refined Ordovician timescale reveals no link between asteroid breakup and Biodiversification. Nature Communications 14066. Online
Original press release
Over 50 news outlets have covered the story, a partial list is here
Some notable coverage: ResearchGate blog Science News Science Alert.com
Note: We are compiling a list of all official IGCP 653 publications on the website publications page. Please email Alycia Stigall (firstname.lastname@example.org) whenever you have papers that acknowledge IGCP 653 published so we can keep our list as up to date and inclusive as possible.