The new IGCP project 653, funded for the years 2016-2020, in an international effort to investigate the initiating causes and processes that produced the rapid diversification of marine organisms during the Ordovician Period, known as the ‘Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event’ (GOBE). The GOBE includes a series of diversifications that completely modified marine food webs and that, for the first time in geological times, established modern marine ecosystems. Timing of the radiations varied among clades and paleocontinents and may have its roots in the Cambrian. A diverse set of biotic and abiotic drivers have been proposed to facilitate this diversification, but testing of most of these requires an international effort to improve our data quality and quantity.
See more at http://www.igcp653.org
The Opening Meeting will be held on September 25 to October 1, 2016, in Durham, UK. Download Second Circular.