China-UK Scoping Workshop on Biosphere Evolution and Resilience was held in Nanjing, China

Updatetime: 2015-06-11

The China-UK Scoping Workshop on Biosphere Evolution and Resilience was held in Nanjing on 4-9 May 2015, with supports of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Research Councils UK China (RCUK China) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). 17 scientists from UK and about 30 scientists from China attended the workshop meeting.

Deep-time research into the co-evolution of physical and biotic systems remains in its infancy. Each year new approaches are developed, new interdisciplinary partnerships forged, and exciting new fossil discoveries made that permit lesser known chapters of our planet’s history to be incorporated into our emerging conceptual image. Investigations into how life and the planet have co-evolved to produce present conditions, diversity, and processes will allow us to make predictions about the future of Earth’s environment.

During the several days workshop, scientists from UK and China present a widely discussion on the questions such as the conditions under which life first evolved; how biological complexity arose; how environmental change shaped — and continues to shape — biological diversity; how biological innovations can in turn effect environmental change; how ecosystems recover from extreme events such as mass extinctions, and the role that increases in morphological, developmental, and ecological complexity may have to impart stability and resilience to the biosphere in the face of environmental perturbations at a variety of scales across time and space.