Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene 2017

The Paleogene Period was a time of extremes and transitions. Bounded by the catastrophic extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of modern grasslands, the world of the Paleogene was characterized by climatic conditions largely unfamiliar to us today but saw the rise of essentially modern continental configurations, biotic communities, and biogeochemical regimes. Understanding the function of these systems under global greenhouse conditions that may approximate Earth's climatic future is intriguing both for what it can tell us about our past and for the hints it may provide about our future.

Since 1989 the CBEP conference series has been a venue for a self-organized community of researchers to share and discuss the latest and most innovative ideas about Paleogene Earth systems. CBEP 2017 will be the next installment of this series, following on the very successful Ferrara conference of 2014. We invite participation from researchers worldwide who are pushing the frontiers of our knowledge of the Paleogene and the immediately adjacent Late Cretaceous and Miocene in four thematic areas:

SW isoscape
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Tectonics & Surface Processes
  • Ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical Cycles

Abstracts will be welcomed beginning in winter 2016/17, and logistical information will be updated here as available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions by email. We look forward to seeing you in the mountains of Utah in September, 2017!




Top: Paleocene freshwater limestone at Flagstaff Peak, Wasatch Plateau, Utah (photo: Gabe Bowen)


Bottom: Fossil Knightia from the Green River Formation, SW Wyoming (photo: Pete Lippert)

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CBEP 2017, September 4-7 Snowbird Resort, Utah