Although mechanisms differ between deep-time extinction scenarios and the present, these commonly feature rapid environmental change. Biodiversity loss and the rate of recovery following an extinction event depends on the severity of change – how nasty it got, and how long it took to get better.
This session features a talk on mass extinctions from the ancient to the present day, followed by a look at how the humble rag worm, a common resident of the Humber Estuary, might hold clues to our understanding of these. We experimentally investigate how environ
mental stress might drive extinctions and the slow recovery of diversity. We hope to learn what the future landscape of the Humber might look like, as well as use our experiments to better understand crises of the past.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session: https://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3362185
Culture Café – ‘GEMS of Hull: Geology, Environment, Marine Science and Us Series 2.
Title: Mass extinctions: past present and future.
Speakers: David Bond, Professor of Palaeoenvironments, School of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Jenny James, PhD student in the Energy and Environment Institute.
ALLAM LECTURE THEATRE,
University of Hull,
University of Hull Business School,
A modern, 500 seat lecture theatre situated within the Esk building of the Hull University Business School.