Climate Change

10/05/2009 - 10/08/2009

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

EOL’s Biodiversity Synthesis Group hosted the second of three meetings in 18 months designed to develop objective criteria for assessing species’ relative endangerment due to climate change. This meeting focused on establishing a statistical model that can evaluate species’ relative responses to climate change based on the integration of diverse kinds of comparative empirical species data.

Bivatol 1

10/05/2009 - 10/06/2009

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

The Synthesis Center hosted a planning and coordination meeting for the Bivalve Tree of Life group, including the three Primary Investigators, Rudiger Bieler, Paula Mikkelsen, and Gonzalo Giribet. The project is described at and aims to catalog and document phylogenetic relationships among the 25,000 species of living clams with eventual links to EOL species pages.

Time Axis 1


University of Bristol, 
Bristol, UK

The EOL’s Biodiversity Synthesis Group hosted a meeting that aimed to lay the groundwork for a large database devoted to aggregating fossil information on the evolution of marine tetrapods. By fusing Mesozoic and Cenozoic perspectives on marine tetrapod evolution, 13 vertebrate paleobiologists are working towards an understanding of shared patterns and processes in the evolutionary diversification of these creatures—a greater synthesis, across a broader time scale, than currently exists.

Fossil Marine Tetrapods

08/11/2009 - 08/13/2009

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

Marine tetrapods include a broad array of taxa, from whales to penguins to manatees. These taxa are charismatic and their excellent fossil record of transitional forms makes them critical in discussions of evolution by natural selection. This meeting was the first to focus wholly on fossil species and paved the way for interactions and data-sharing between major paleontology databases/websites and EOL.

Melanesian Biogeography

08/10/2009 - 08/15/2009

Suva, Fiji

This meeting unified researchers working on disparate taxa that occur throughout Melanesia, and included specialists from government agencies, NGOs, universities, and museums. By synthesizing systematic and distribution data across plants and animals, the group is trying to improve understanding of the evolution of and threats to this diverse region. The meeting included a large training component, with students from five countries participating.