[Coral-List] 12 ICRS: Pantropical Cenozoic Reefs

Tom Williams ctwiliams at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 7 18:31:17 EDT 2011

Thanks for Notice
As with most Cenozoic issues - what a wonderful time of changes everywhere - taxonomy and terminology becomes important.  Part of my disseration in Mammalian Paleontology at UCBerkeley 
Can you give some definitions for us poor paleos from California - with coral reefs in the Kettlemen Hills and elsewhere thru Paleogene-Neogene
Paleontology of Cenozoic Coral Reefs

Cenozoic - Quaternary/Tertiary - Neogene/Paleogene 
Locations were moving then also = Pantropical 2011-45N-45S 
30W-90E  Mediterranean and Middle East and India (some of us would put India to the west rather than the east) 
90E-180EW Indo-West Pacific,(Indo = Indonesia)
180W-90W  eastern Pacific - where does Panama go before and after closure??)
90W-30W    the Caribbean
Any thoughts of a Webinar?? Although my wife is interested in going to Darwin and NEAustr...closest before was Bali - now there were some reefs....

Tom Williams (1976, UCBerkeley, Paleontology)
--- On Thu, 7/7/11, jklaus at rsmas.miami.edu <jklaus at rsmas.miami.edu> wrote:
From: jklaus at rsmas.miami.edu <jklaus at rsmas.miami.edu>
Subject: [Coral-List] 12 ICRS: Pantropical Cenozoic Reefs
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 7:20 AM
Dear Reef Geologists and Paleobiologists,
We would like to draw your attention to the Mini-Symposium: Pantropical
Paleontology of Cenozoic Coral Reefs at the upcoming 12th International
Coral Reef Symposium held in Cairns, NE Australia, July 9-13, 2012.
Abstract submission runs from July 1 - October 1, 2011.
Ken Johnson and I will be hosting the session, and hope to bring together
a broad group of scientists working on all aspects of Cenozoic Reefs from
around the world.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ken or I directly.
Best regards,
James Klaus - j.klaus at miami.edu
Ken Johnson - k.johnson at nhm.ac.uk
Abstract:   Pantropical Paleontology of Cenozoic Coral Reefs
Cenozoic reefs occurred in three [=4 actually] broad biogeographic provinces:  The
Indo-West Pacific, the Mediterranean and Middle East, and the Caribbean
and eastern Pacific [=2, early / late Cenozoic]. 
Frost (1977) suggested the Neogene was characterized by 25 million years of divergence and extinction from a pan-tropical Oligocene biota that resulted in modern-day differences between Caribbean and Indo-Pacific biota. However, these regions have been studied
independently with few attempts to develop the common taxonomic and
environmental framework to compare regional histories of biodiversity
Intensive collecting has changed our understanding of the ecology and evolution of reef-corals in the Caribbean as well as in Mediterranean and Middle East. 
These regional projects complement new initiatives to reconstruct the biotic and environmental history of the Indo-West Pacific.

We would like to bring together researchers to summarize recent advances and discuss how to move forward with a pantropical taxonomic, evolutionary, and ecological synthesis of Cenozoic coral reef evolution.

James S. Klaus Ph.D.
Department of Geological Sciences University of Miami
43 Cox Science, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-0401
E-mail: j.klaus at miami.edu; Phone: (305)-781-7756

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