'Tetrapod Evolution in the Early Carboniferous – the TW:eed Project'

Series Name Interdisciplinary Science Society seminar
Speaker Dr Carys Bennett, Department of Geology
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Oct 23, 2013 01:30 PM
Ends at Oct 23, 2013 02:30 PM
Venue F11 of the Physics and Astronomy building
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact David McDonagh at dm250@student.le.ac.uk

The first academic seminar hosted by the Interdisciplinary Science Society is taking place on Wednesday the 23rd of October. Dr Carys Bennett from the Department of Geology will be giving a talk entitled “Tetrapod Evolution in the Early Carboniferous – the TW:eed Project”, discussing the multi-disciplinary nature of one of the most exciting areas of geology: how tetrapods moved from water onto land. The seminar will be held at 1:30pm in f11 of the Physics and Astronomy building.

Dr Bennett said: "At the base of the Carboniferous period is a gap of approximately 20 million years characterized by a world-wide break in the fossil record of early tetrapods, our ancient ancestors. This gap in the fossil record occurred after a mass extinction event at the end of the Devonian period, over 350 million years ago. I will introduce my Post-Doctoral research on the TW:eed Project, a major initiative in the Tweed Basin of southern Scotland that is providing completely new insights into this pivotal period for the evolution of life on land.

“My role on the project involves working with 11 other scientists from across the UK, integrating my specialist knowledge in sedimentology, microfossils and geochemistry with their own research specialisms. We use a multidisciplinary approach to help answer big questions about evolution and the ancient climate and environment of the Earth.

"What is it like doing post-doctoral research in a multi-disciplinary subject like geology? As well as talking about my research, I will also discuss what the job is like day to day, and tell you about how I got where I am today.”

The aim of these seminars is to both increase the dialogue between undergraduates and PhD students, and to show students the many opportunities available in research that are not always obvious. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.

For any questions on any of the seminars hosted by the society, please contact David McDonagh at dm250@student.le.ac.uk.

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