Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Mass extinctions and volcanism

Café Scientifique are hosting an event on November 2nd on mass extinctions and volcanism. Paul Wignall (Professor of Palaeoenvironments at Leeds University) is an expert in the field of palaeontology and sedimentology and will be focusing the session on understanding the origins of mass extinction events. His research has taken him to some of the remotest parts of the world to consider the effects of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide on life crises and it'll be a good opportunity to further explore the latest research surrounding mass extinctions coinciding with huge individual eruptions.

Head to the Showroom Cinema restaurant for 7pm. Generally presentations last about 20 minutes followed by a short break and discussion with time for questions at the end. The event is free and open to the general public.

To read up on some of Paul's research have a look at the following:

  • Wignall, PB (2005) Volcanism and mass extinctions, In: Marti, J. and Ernst, G (Ed) Volcanoes and the environment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp207-226.

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