Welcome to the Conservation Paleobiology Network!

We welcome you to the network and are thrilled that so many of you have joined! We are also delighted by the many enthusiastic comments we have received from the newly enrolled members, and we hope that you will contribute to expanding the network and promoting its activities. We look forward to engaging this broad and growing community. We hope to foster links between researchers and practitioners to achieve conservation goals. The community so far consists of a diverse group of paleobiologists, archaeologists, historical ecologists, geoscientists, conservation biologists and diverse stakeholders. Our incipient network community and our steering committee are already multidisciplinary and extend beyond academia.

Postcard from the Field: Alejandra Rojas, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Greetings from Uruguay! Here you find me shovel in hand while sampling a shelly death assemblage from the beach “El Caracol” (“The Snail”). I collect samples in different beaches from the Río de la Plata Estuary and the Atlantic Uruguayan coasts. I am interested in comparing the molluscan species and the taphonomic signatures recorded in different kinds of environmental and depositional settings. Data obtained in terms of molluscan diversity and preservational modes of the death assemblages will be correlated to intrinsic and extrinsic factors (i.e. salinity gradient, rocky and sandy substrate, etc.). This information is expected to provide important clues for the paleoecological and paleoenvironmental interpretation of the fossil counterparts found in the same study area. Photo taken by Martín Ubilla.

How the CPN is Organized

The Conservation Paleobiology Network is organized into groups of people who share responsibilities for organizing, developing, and advising various components of the network. The core group overseeing the network development is the Planning Team, which includes the Steering Committee (nine members, including the Principal Investigator, Coordinator, and Student Representative) and the Advisory Group. The Planning Team assists in development and oversight of the CPN Panels.

Postcard from the Field: Matthew Adeleye, Australian National University, Australia

My research focuses on understanding landscape changes and drivers of change on the Bass Strait islands, southeast Australia, using sedimentary fossil pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs and charcoal records. Specifically, I am interested in understanding pattern and timing of indigenous land-use change, as well as changes in vegetation and fire regime in the area during the Holocene. The field photo features one of my coring sites and me labeling a surface moss sample, which is also being analyzed to better understand how modern pollen at each site represents present vegetation in order to better reconstruct past vegetation changes in the area.