NECLIME working groups
NECLIME working groups
NECLIME associated meetings/symposia
10th EPPC 2018, Dublin (Ireland), 12th-17th of August 2018
At the next European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference is going to take place in Dublin (Ireland) from 12th to the 17th of August 2018. As at previous large international conferences, NECLIME members are organizing specific scientific session
- 14. Cenozoic Plant Diversity Of Tibet, Himalayas and Hengduan Mountains
Tao Su, Zhe-kun Zhou, Lutz Kunzmann
It is one of main targets in the current world to understand how did
palaeoenvironment changes shape biodiversity in geological past. For
studying this topic, fossils from areas which have both complex
environment conditions and high biodiversity play a crucial role. Tibet,
Himalayas and Hengduan mountains experienced dramatic uplift and formed
complex topography and varieties of climates; meanwhile, Himalayas and
Hengudan mountains are hotspots of biodiversity in the world nowadays.
Strongly affected by monsoons the time of onset of these specific
climate regimes is still a matter of debade between geoscientists and
molecular biologists. ManyCenozoic floras were found from Tibet,
Himalayas and Henduan mountains which potentially open windows to
deep-time palaeoenvironments. All these facts make Tibet, Himalayas and
Hengudan mountains predestinated as natural laboratories to test the
influence and role of palaeoenvironment changes on the formation and
development of biodiversity. During recent decades, fossils from those
regions attracted a lot of attentions not only to palaeobotanists, but
also to researchers from other disciplines, such as geologists, and
ecologists. It is time to integrate evidence from plant fossils,
palaeoclimate reconstructions, geological information, and molecular
data to better understand the mechanisms of biodiversity in response to
palaeoenvironmental changes. This symposium will provide a platform for
those who are interested in the theme mentioned above. Meanwhile, it
will have broad audience from palaeontology to modern biology, and we
hope this symposium will stimulate further cooperation for researchers
from different disciplines.
25. Cenozoic plant diversity gradients in time and space and their impact on early humans (ROCEEH/NECLIME)
Angela A. Bruch, Alexandra-Jane Henrot, Louis François, Natalia Rudaya, Torsten Utescher
The worldwide cooling throughout the Cenozoic and decline of atmospheric
carbon dioxide had a significant impact on the evolution of
biodiversity. The diversity evolution of various plant groups and
functional types mirrors the differentiation of phytocoenoses existing
under equable climate conditions in the earlier Palaeogene into
communities thriving under steeper latitudinal temperature gradients and
the development of seasonal drought in the continental interiors.
Moreover, the Cenozoic era is characterized by significant uplift and
hence increase in geodiversity in many regions of the globe thus
producing also altitudinal diversity gradients. These changes in the
structure and functions of vegetation and ecosystems also impacted the
evolution of Cenozoic fauna, as well as the displacement and life habits
of early humans and pre-humans communities, which make use of
vegetation directly, as in the case of food and firewood, and
indirectly, for example as a habitat for animal life.
Quantitative reconstructions of palaeovegetation from data and models
are thus crucial to understand the interactions between Cenozoic climate
and vegetation changes, as well as their impact on early humans, their
migration routes and behavioral or cultural changes since the Early
In this session, we welcome contributions on quantitative
reconstructions of vegetation from proxy data and/or models at various
spatiotemporal scales of the Cenozoic era, and particularly at
archaeological/palaeoantropological sites relevant for the
Palaeolithic expansion. This open session is organised in the framework
of NECLIME (Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia, www.neclime.de) and ROCEEH (The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans, www.roceeh.net).
Please find more information at the official EPPC homepage
Registration opens in November/December 2017 and will remain open until the abstract deadline in February, 2018!
Extended NECLIME workshop, Sofia (Bulgaria), 25th to 28th of September 2018
to the 28th
of September 2018, an extended NECLIME workshop will be take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
organized by Dimiter Ivanov and his team. This extended workshop focuses on "Climate and vegetation evolution in the Paratethys and Eastern Mediterranean"
. It is organized in association with the 9th
meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs“
, the 4th
meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of macrobotanical records in Eurasia"
and the NECLIME working group "On Fossil woods". Scientific tropics
- Palaeobotanical records (micro/macro) of the Central and Eastern Paratethys
- Reconstructing vegetation and climate dynamics from
palaeobotanical records(micro/macro) – taxonomical basis and
methodological standards – vegetation modeling
- Higher resolving reconstructions - time series and their analyses
- Plant diversity patterns in pollen records
- Application of digital data on plant distribution in biodiversity reconstruction
- Neogene climate and vegetation gradients from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Eastern and Central Paratethys
- Aridification trends and large scale changes of palaeovegetation patterns - evidence from plants and vertebrates
- Plio-Pleistocene Transition – evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, andsurrounding lacustrine basins
- Multi-proxy approaches in continental palaeoclimate reconstruction
- Evolution and dynamics of lacustrine systems
In the frame of the given regional focus we invite contributions on
vegetation-climate interactions, plant and animal migration and
evolution, driving mechanisms, development of open landscapes,
evolution of wetlands, and climate change and variability in time and
space. Furthermore, we encourange the exchange between macro- and micropaleobotanists
as well as colleagues from other working groups
digital data on plant distribution, detailed and high-resolution
records, and Neogene stratigraphy of the plant bearing horizons in
Central and East Asia to join our exteneded workshop in Sofia.
Colleagues working on Neogene mammals are also kindly invited to
contribute, and to share their recent results and new ideas.
Please, find more details about the registration and abstract submission in the 1st circular.
To register, please fill out the registration form
and send it to Dimiter Ivanov (dimiter"atcu.bas.bg
or dimiter"at"gbg.bg) or Vladimir Bozukov
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: June 15th, 2018.
1st American NECLIME meeting, Fullerton (CA/USA), May, 2019
In mid May 2019
NECLIME is organizing for the first time a meeting in the Americas!
Yusheng (Christopher) Liu is organizing this meeting at the California State University at Fullerton
, California, USA, entitled "Reconstructions of the Neogene Climates in the New World: Challenges and Opportunities".
The scientific frame of this meeting focuses on these topics
- Methodology revisit: Quantitative vs Qualitative ReconstructionsNew Synthesis: NECLIME Expanding to the New World
- Trans-Atlantic Neogene flora and climate comparison
- Trans-Pacific Neogene flora and climate comparison
- Big Data and Big Picture: Neogene climates in the Northern Hemisphere
- Quantitative vegetation reconstruction and climatically induced biodiversity patterns
- General NECLIME topics
More information will follow in the 1st
19th NECLIME Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg (Russia), August/September, 2019
For our 19th NECLIME Annual Meeting, we were kindly invited by Svetlana Popova and Dmitri Gromyko to meet at the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Further details will be announced during the next year.
NECLIME working group
Joint meeting of the NECLIME
working groups "Taxonomy of the macrobotanical records of Eurasia" and
the "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs", Brno, Czech Republic, November, 16th-17th, 2017
After a successful workshop in Sofia, 2012, the two NECLIME working groups on the "Taxonomy of the Neogene macrobotanical records of Eurasia"
and the "Taxonomy of Neogene palynomorphs"
will hold their 2nd joint workshop
at the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Masaryk University Brno (Czech Republic)
on November, 16th-17th
The organizing committee of Nela Doláková, Dimiter
Ivanov, Boglárka Erdei, Torsten
Utescher, Marianna Kováčová and Šárka
Hladilová have proposed many preliminary topics, but additional ones can be proposed
- The application of TLM/SEM on fossil spore/pollen flora as a specific focus
- Improvement of the identification and taxonomy of
palynomorph taxa with respect to vegetation reconstruction and
climatic evaluation - new achievements and advances
- Reference palynological, carpological and leaves collections – news and updates,
online resources for identification
- Taxonomic diversity throughout the Neogene (Cenozoic)
- The Central European pollen and macro-remain recordsa – taxonomy and palaeoecology
- Plant Functional Type (PFT) approach in Cenozoic vegetation reconstruction, its
advantages and flaws.
- The Palaeoclimate database of NECLIME – recent advances of the working group on
digital plant distribution
Furthermore, in the frame of the given regional focus
we invite contributions on vegetation and climate dynamics, development of environments, and climate variability
in time and space – e.g. vegetation reconstruction during the
Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum (MMCO) and Mid-Miocene Climatic Transition
More details on the venue, registration or travel information are available within the first circular.
Registration deadline is the 15th of September, 2017
Please send the registration form attached to the 1st circular
to Nela Doláková.
(please mind the typo in the circular - the correct email address is nela"at"sci.muni.cz)
Past NECLIME meeting
NECLIME meeting 2017, Yerevan, Armenia
NECLMIE meeting 2016, IOPC/IPC, Salvador, Brazil
NECLIME meeting 2016, Lucknow, India
NECLIME meeting 2015,
NECLIME meeting 2014,
NECLIME meeting 2014, EPPC,
NECLIME meeting 2013,
St. Petersburg, Russia
NECLIME meeting 2012, Sofia,
NECLIME meeting 2012, IOPC/IPC,
NECLIME meeting 2012,
NECLIME meeting 2011,
NECLIME meeting 2010,
NECLIME meeting 2010, EPPC,
NECLIME meeting 2009, Izmir, Turkey
NECLIME meeting 2008, IOPC/IPC, Bonn,
NECLIME meeting 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia
NECLIME meeting 2006, EPPC, Prague, Czech Republic
NECLIME meeting 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria
NECLIME meeting 2004, Iraklion, Greece
NECLIME meeting 2003, Blaubeuren, Germany
NECLIME meeting 2002, Crakow, Poland
NECLIME meeting 2001, Prague, Czech Republic
Past NECLIME working
Joint meeting of the NECLIME
working groups "Taxonomy of the macrobotanical records of Eurasia"
the "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs"
Workshop on taxonomy of
The 7th workshop
took met at the 29th
of November in Bratislava (Slovak Replublic)
kindly organized again by our colleague Marianna Kováčová.
Topics include correlation between different regions in Europe, coal
deposits as archives as well as updates of the nearest living relative
lists. Next to presentations, round table discussions, a session for in
depth discussion at the microscope is planned. Find more information
within the first
and the report of the workshop
The 5th workshop
following the NECLIME Annual
Meeting 2014 in İzmir and took place from the 22nd
of October in Küthaya (Western Anatolia, Turkey)
was organized in Kütahya/Dumlupınar
University by Serkan Akkiraz, including field
to the Seyitömer and Tunçbilek subbasins and Küthaya. Find a summary of the discussion in the report of
while more information about the organization and
schedule is still available in the program
and the 2nd
Marianna Kováčová at the Department of Geology and
Paleontology of the
Comenius University in Bratislava
. It took place from the 11th
to 13th of June 2013
Find more details about the scientific focus and the schedule in the 1st
and the the 2nd circular.
The summery of the presentations
of this workshop is now online
The 2nd workshop
in Cracow (Poland)
on the 14th
of June, 2011. For more information, please
read the workshop-report or download the abstract
viewing some pictures, please visit the working group's page at
The 1st workshop of this
working group was held in Sofia
on May, 18th
, 2010 at the
Institute of Botany/Bulgarian Academy of Science.
can now be viewed online!
the NECLIME working group on "fossil wood"
This was the first workshop
the working group, which took place from 5th
of June 2013. It was organized by Jakub
Sakala and Vladimir Gryc at the
Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of
Mendel University (Brno, Czech
. Find more information about the schedule in the 1st circular.
Details about the presentations and the discussion is summarized in the
Taxonomy of the Neogene
macrobotanical record of Eurasia
of this working group was in Budapest (Hungary)
, at the Natural History Museum, on the 24th of May, 2011 organized by
Boglárka Erdei and Torsten Utescher.
Program and report are available for download.
working group of
taxnomy of macrobotanical records of Eurasia (Frankfurt/Germany
of March 2010).
and summary of the discussion
Digital data on plant
The 4th workshop
was organized at
the Unité de Modélisation du Climat et des Cycles Biogéochimiques,
Université de Liège (Belgium)
from May 30th
, 2017. Get further details within the 1st circular
, the 2nd circular
and the 3rd circular
A report and summery of the discussion will follow soon.
The 3rd workshop
took place in Stratton Audley
) from the 20th
Main focus of the discussion was the role of CO2
The outline and report
workshop can be downloaded
, and more details can be found at the working group's page at
held on the 15th
2012 in Stratton Audley
First information is online at the working group's subsection at
and workshop of this NECLIME group was on January 13th
2010, in Frankfurt (Germany)
summary of the
Detailed and high-resolution records
In the first workshop
, which has
taken place from the 11th
to the 13th
of April, 2011, at the Natural History Museum Vienna
group was introduced
into MATLAB by Martin H. Trauth (University of Podsdam).
Past NECLIME associated meetings/symposia
International Symposium, Dresden, April 2015
This sympsoium was held in Dresden (Germany)
between the 2nd
of April, 2016, and follows the progress on creating a project to study the history of the Yunnan biodiversity hotspot as a NECLIME-associated international large project.
The symposium was hosted and organized by Lutz Kunzmann
and colleagues with great engagement, and obtained financial support
from Dresden Technical University and Senckenberg which is gratefully
Find more details here
Sino-German sympsium "The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot", Kunming, August 2015
This symposia was held in Kunming (Yunnan, China) in August 2015
in order to discuss the outline for a NECLIME-associated international
project named "The Yunnan Biodiversity
Hotspot – its history and future threats
". It was funded
the Sino-German Center (GZ1200) and kindly organized by our members
and Volker Mosbrugger.
Project outline and discussion
reports are available here