Working group in fossil woods

Reports Meetings Useful Links Fossil/recent reference collections

Coordination: Jakub Sakala, Olesya V. Bondarenko, Stanila Iamandei

If you have questions about the different methods, how to glean climatic information of fossil wood, discuss your results or if want to join this working group, please contact one of the coordinators.

Reports of this working group available for download

Forthcoming workshops

Extended NECLIME workshop, Sofia (Bulgaria), 25th to 28th of September 2018
From 25th 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 proposed are
  • 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" or dimiter"at" or Vladimir Bozukov (vladimir.bozukov"at"
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: June 15th, 2018.

Past workshops

1st workshop
The 1st workshop was held from 5th to 8th of June 2013 at the Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of Mendel University, Brno (Czech Republic) and was kindly organized by Jakub Sakala and Vladimir Gryc. Find more information about the schedule in the 1st circular.
The thematic focus lay on Paleogene and Neogene wood in reference to their Nearest Living Relatives and their potential to reconstruct paleoclimate and paleovegetation.
Details about each presentation and each topics discussed is summerized in the report of the workshop.


Useful links

Fossil/recent reference collections

Institute Contact person remarks
Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, Cracow (Poland) Katarzyna Cywa k.cywa"at" more than 220 fossil species and additional anatomical slides

Reports Meetings Useful Links Fossil/recent reference collections