IGCP 653 Opening Meeting: Sept. 2016, Durham, UK

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.

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IGCP 591 Closing Meeting

The final meeting of the International Geoscience Programme Project 591 “The Early to Middle Paleozoic Revolution” will be held in Ghent, Belgium, 6-9 July 2016, jointly with:

  • The International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy (ISCS),
  • The International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS),
  • The International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy (ISSS) and
  • The International Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (ISDS).

For details check the conference website at http://www.igcp591.ugent.be.

Ordovician News No 33 (for 2015)

Ordovician News No 33 (for 2015) has been compiled and is available for download:

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12th ISOS: Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 8-11, 2015

Registration and full details at: http://www.jmu.edu/2015ISOS
Deadline for registration, abstracts, and Payment: MARCH 1, 2015.

The 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System will be hosted in on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 8-11, 2015.

The scientific sessions in Harrisonburg will be preceded and followed by geological excursions to study the Ordovician successions of Appalachian Mountain of the Eastern US., a field excursion is also planned for the Ordovician carbonate and siliciclastic deposits of Oklahoma (site of the Katian GSSP), and a field excursion is planned for the spectacular succession of dark shale in Idaho. The 5 field trips are described in more detail on conference website.

Massanutten -Late Ordovician Martinsburg Shale to Early Silurian Massanutten SS

Themes for the 12th ISOS include Ordovician climate, isotope stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, regional stratigraphy, paleoecology and paleobiogeography, and we welcome contributions on all aspects of Ordovician geology.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for registration, abstracts, and Payment MARCH 1, 2015
  • Deadline for booking accomodations at JMU APRIL 1, 2015
  • Pre-meeting Field Trips JUNE 3-7, 2014
  • Technical Sessions and Conference Field Trip JUNE 8,9,11, 2015
  • Post-Meeting Field Trips JUNE 12-17/18
  • Deadline for short papers for the special issue of Stratigraphy AUGUST 1, 2015

We look forward to seeing you in Virginia in 2015!

Steve Leslie and Dan Goldman
On behalf of the organizing committee

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Ordovician News No 31

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The latest issue of Ordovician News, covering research and activities conducted during 2013, together with some important announcements of forthcoming conferences, is available for download. Many thanks to all who contributed.

Ian Percival
Secretary, International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy