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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bioturbation: An Update on Darwin's Last Idea

Just got wind of a conference that sounds pretty awesome: Bioturbation: an update on Darwin's last idea. This is of course in reference to one Darwin's last great works: The formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms, with observations on their habits. The conference objectives are:

(1) To bring together scientists from different disciplines to provide an update on bioturbation from different perspectives, such as ecology, geochemistry, marine biology, paleontology, etc.

(2) To stimulate the exchange of ideas across the marine/terrestrial and paleo/present boundaries. We strongly invite “crossing-boundary” presentations.

(3) To present the state-of-the-art in theoretical concepts, mathematical models, experimental data acquisition techniques, and existing datasets.

We stimulate "off the record" presentation of previously unpublished scientific results, and we will allocate ample time for formal and informal discussion among the attendees.

Organizing committee: Bob Aller (SOMAS, SUNY Stony Brook), Erik Kristensen (Institute of Biology, Univ. Southern Denmark, Odense), Franck Gilbert (EcoLab, Univ. Toulouse), Jack Middelburg (Dept. Ecosystem Studies , NIOO-KNAW, Yerseke), Filip Meysman (Lab. Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Free University of Brussels).

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