Session 3. Biogeochemical Cycles, Biota and Evolution




Ocean biogeochemistry strongly responds to and impacts climate change. Sediment records from the ocean floor and results from earth system and ocean biogeochemical models are increasingly providing novel insights into the interactions between changes in ocean circulation, biota, temperature, salinity, ocean pH, processes at the land-sea interface and ocean biogeochemical cycles at various spatial and temporal scales.

This session will focus on what we know about these past changes in biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem function and evolution and all relevant interactions with climate. We are interested in both qualitative and quantitative paleoenvironmental reconstructions with an emphasis on the elucidation of mechanisms driving past environmental change and major consequences.

Examples of topics we would like to see include studies of ocean deoxygenation, ocean acidification, ocean carbon dynamics and storage, nutrient cycling, methane dynamics, and trace element and isotope studies (e.g. N, Si, Fe).


Title: “Coupled phytoplankton and climate evolution during the late Miocene”
Clara Bolton (CEREGE, France)


Title: “Reconstructing Past Ocean Circulation and Water Mass Mixing with Radiogenic Neodymium Isotopes: Potential and Pitfalls”
Martin Frank (Geomar, Germany)


Title: “An Earth System model approach to tracing the PETM carbon and temperature anomaly through the oceans and into the sedimentary record”
Sandy Kirtland Turner ( UC Riverside, USA)


Title: “Planktonic foraminifera, evolution, and making sense of Cenozoic paleoceanography”
Pincelli Hull (Yale, USA)


Title: “Glacial/interglacial CO2 change: Beyond the ice core record”
Matthis Hain (Southampton, UK)


To download the list of posters for this session: Poster overview session 3 / Poster abstracts session 3