#PalAss2020

The Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting will run as a virtual conference for the first time ever in December 2020. Three members of my lab will be presenting there work as posters, so be sure to check them out if you are a registered delegate.

Bethany Allen is presenting a poster called The impact of the Permian and Triassic biotic crises on the spatial patterns of origination and extinction in brachiopods and bivalves. Bethany has devised a set of simulations to test the accuracy of calculating spatially restricted evolutionary rates from the fossil record and then applied the methods to a brachiopod and bivalve data set. Registered delegates can access the poster here.

Polly Spruce is presenting a poster called Deep-fried calamari? The effect of Early Triassic extreme global warming on cephalopod biogeography. Polly has reconstructed ammonoid latitudinal diversity gradients, whilst accounting for uneven sampling, through the Permian-Triassic interval to test whether extreme Early Triassic greenhouse climates caused a shift in ammonoid distributions. Polly’s project was funded by a Palaeontological Association Undergraduate Research Bursary. Registered delegates can access the poster here.

Thomas Pavey is presenting a poster called Modelling marine ecosystem structure from palaeoecological trait data in the Middle Jurassic Peterborough Member (UK). Thomas has reconstructed a Middle Jurassic marine food web via an inferential model based on palaeoecological traits informed by modern marine foraging behaviour. He then tested whether Middle Jurassic marine ecosystems shared a similar community structure to modern marine ecosystems. Registered delegates can access the poster here.


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