Paleonet: GSA 2019 topical session and Pardee Keynote Symposium "Understanding the Neoproterozoic Earth-life System"

Qing Tang qingt at
Sun Apr 21 16:29:20 GMT 2019

Dear Colleagues,

 If you are going to attend the *Geological Society of America annual
meeting* this year in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 22-25, 2019, please
consider submitting your abstract to the topical session “*T108.
Understanding the Neoproterozoic Earth-life System*”.

This session will highlight recent advances in our knowledge of the
Neoproterozoic Earth-life system as well as cross-discipline methods that
foster new insight into the fossil and rock records in the Neoproterozoic.


Dramatic climatic and environmental changes and important evolutionary
innovations occurred during the Neoproterozoic Era. A better understanding
of those geological and biological events and their causal relationship is
central to understanding the evolution of the Earth as a planet capable of
hosting complex life and to searching for habitable environments and life
on other worlds. This session aims to boost discussion and
interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together a trans-disciplinary
group of innovative thinkers to present advances on biological,
geochemical, sedimentologic, and climatic evolution in the Neoproterozoic
in order to better understand the Neoproterozoic Earth-life system.

 In addition to the topical session, we are pleased to announce that there
will be a *Pardee Keynote Symposium* of the same subject happening on
September 25, 2019 from 8 am to 12 pm. There are 12 extremely interesting
talks prepared in the symposium. *Invited speakers for the Pardee Keynote
Symposium include: *

·        *Alan Jay Kaufman (University of Maryland)*

·        *Alan Rooney (Yale University)*

·        *Carol Dehler (Utah State University)*

·        *Douglas Erwin (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)*

·        *Francis Macdonald (University of California, Santa Barbara)*

·        *Gangqing Jiang (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)*

·        *Graham Shields (University College London)*

·        *Roger Summons (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)*

·        *Susanna Porter (University of California, Santa Barbara)*

·        *Shuhai Xiao (Virginia Tech)*

·        *Timothy Lyons (University of California, Riverside)*

·        *Zheng-Xiang Li (Curtin University)*

You are more than welcome to attend this special event and communicate with
our speakers.

 GSA registration opens early May:

More info on the topical sessions:

The abstracts deadline is 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, *25 June 2019*.

 Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your colleagues that
might be interested. We are looking forward to meeting you in Phoenix!


Qing Tang (Virginia Tech), email: qingt at

Huan Cui (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), email: huan.cui at

Feifei Zhang (University of Copenhagen), email: feifei.zhang at
Qing Tang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech;
4044 Derring Hall (0420), Blacksburg, VA 24061;
Phone: 1-540-235-6725.
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