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The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


A deep-time perspective on macroecology

21st January 2021, 13:00, via Zoom, Dr Erin Saupe, Oxford University, UK

Host: Jonathan Drury

About the speaker: Dr Erin Saupe is an Associate Professor in Palaeobiology at Oxford University. Her research, which stands at the interface of macroevolution, biogeography, and palaeontology, develops and deploys computational tools that have provided novel insights into key evolutionary processes such as the formation of latitudinal biodiversity gradients. For her important contributions, Erin was recently awarded the Palaeontology Association's Hodson Award.


My talk will integrate paleontological and neontological data to disentangle some of the long-term ecological and evolutionary responses of species to environmental change. More specifically, I will discuss some of my recent empirical and simulation research that examines (1) the causal mechanisms responsible for the latitudinal diversity gradient; (2) the role of palaeogeography in regulating extinction magnitudes; and (3) the degree to which competition structures species’ geographic ranges. These studies provide a bottom-up perspective on the generation and maintenance of biodiversity under climate change, and they enhance our understanding of the interaction of species’ intrinsic macroecological characteristics with a dynamic extrinsic climate.

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