Palaeobiology and Global Change

 Palaeobiology and Global Change

The fossil record of "deep-time" ecological processes and ecosystem evolution provides the only tangible tool to investigate the dynamics of past biotic responses to global environmental change at a temporal scale ranging from thousands to millions of years. The 'deep-time' fossil record of past biotic changes also provides a natural laboratory to test many modern biological and ecological theories. Our research objectives are (1) to document the patterns and processes of past biodiversity and environmental changes and (2) to investigate some of science's fundamental and long-standing questions such as how species evolved and dispersed in space and time.

Group coordinator

Professor Guang Shi
Professor in Palaeontology
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17619

Key research areas

Internationally recognised research expertise has been developed in the fields of palaeobiology, biogeography, palaeoenvironments, and sedimentary basin analysis, especially in the following specific areas:

  • Late Palaeozoic-Early Mesozoic global geology, palaeoenvironments, palaeontology, palaeoecology, and palaeobiogeography
  • Cenozoic palaeoenvironmental change, biodiversity history, and palaeoecology of Australia and Pacific Islands
  • Palaeoenvironmental analysis and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Global change (including aspects of climate change)

Academic and research staff

Prof Guang Shi
Dr Mark Warne
Dr Nick Porch
Dr Elizabeth Weldon
Dr Sanja van Huet
Dr Sangmin Lee

Affiliated/honorary staff

Assoc Prof John Sherwood
Prof Zhong-Qiang Chen
Prof Shuzhong Shen
Mr Roger Pierson

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