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Advances in Paleoecology

Program for the 2nd Lembersky Conference in Human Evolutionary Studies (PDF)

Alexander Library Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, 169 College Avenue

Wednesday, November 14

9:30 am: Registration & Breakfast

10:15 am: Opening Remarks

Andrew Barr, George Washington University

10:30 am: Larisa R.G. DeSantis, Vanderbilt University

Integrating and validating paleoecological tools

11:00 am: Fire Kovarovic, Durham University

Mammal communities in context: present day patterns and interpretations of the past

11:30 am: Andrew Du, The University of Chicago

Developing a theoretical framework for time-averaging and understanding its effects on the interpretation of fossil communities

12:00 pm: W. Andrew Barr, George Washington University

Bovid locomotor ecomorphology and ecometrics as paleoenvironmental proxies 

12:30 pm: Lunch Break - Gerlanda’s

1:30 pm: Discussion

What do we hope for the future of paleoecology?

3:00 pm: Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, November 15

10:15 am: Breakfast

11:00 am: Craig Feibel, Rutgers University

New paleoecological perspectives from deep drilling in East Africa

11:30 am: Maryse Biernat, Arizona State University

Spatial differences of mammal communities between 2-1.4 Ma in the Turkana Basin, northern Kenya

12:00 pm: Sarah Hlubik, Rutgers University

Preliminary microbotanical investigation of FxJj20 AB, Koobi Fora, Kenya: potential for environmental reconstruction, fire incidence, and human behavior 

12:30 pm: Lunch Break - Efes

1:30 pm: Dan Peppe, Baylor University

Reconstructing ancient climate and ecology using fossil plants

2:00 pm: Regan E Dunn, Field Museum of Natural History

From cells to canopies: reconstructing vegetation structure in the fossil record

2:30 pm: Aly Baumgartner, Baylor University

Preliminary paleobotanical paleoclimate estimates from the Early Miocene Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya

3:00 pm: Keynote Address

Gildas Merceron, CNRS - Université de Poitiers

6:00 pm: Reception – 3rd Floor RAB Building, 131 George St

Friday, November 16

10:15 am: Breakfast

11:00 am: Sean Hixon, Pennsylvania State University

Patterns in amino acid δ 15 N values of lemurs are inconsistent with aridity driving megafaunal extinction in southwestern Madagascar

11:30 am: Enquye Negash, George Washington University

Stable isotopic study of soil organic matter: understanding differences in woody cover in modern African Ecosystems

12:00 pm: Deming Yang, Stony Brook University

Intratooth isotope profiles of fossil suids from the Koobi Fora Formation (East Turkana, Kenya) indicate seasonally stable C4 diets but seasonally variable body water or hydroclimate

12:30 pm: Lunch Break – Delhi Garden

1:30 pm: Kendra Chritz, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

Using Isotopes to explore the past, present and future of people and ecosystems in East Africa

2:00 pm: Robert S. Scott, Rutgers University

Dental microwear and paranthropit diets

2:30 pm: Amy Rector, Virginia Commonwealth University

Robust australopith paleobiology: The biogeography and paleoenvironments of eastern and southern African Paranthropus

3:00 pm: Discussion

A general concluding discussion, informed now by all talks

4:00 pm: Closing Remarks & Announcement of Excellence Award

Robert S. Scott, Rutgers University

Ryne Palombit, CHES Director, Rutgers University