Scientific Program

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ISC2016 will be organized around eight sessions open to oral and poster presentations.

Proxy Development: Problems and Opportunities

Keynote: Jochen Halfar – University of Toronto – Mississauga

Dr. Jochen Halfar is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga (Canada). Dr. Halfar holds a B.S. in Geology and Paleontology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and a M.S. in Geology from the University of Göttingen (Germany). He obtained a PhD. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University (USA). Dr. Halfar’s research is focused on deciphering paleoclimates on different time scales ranging from the past centuries to the Neogene using geochemical, sedimentological, and oceanographic approaches. His recent work includes developing proxy records from information contained in calcified growth bands of long-lived coralline red algae to reconstruct sea surface temperatures of extratropical seas using state-of-the-art microanalytical geochemical techniques.


Keynote: Marcello Mannino – Aarhaus University

Dr. Marcello Mannino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University (Denmark) and an Associate Scientist with the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany). He holds a B.S. with Honors in Archaeology and obtained a PhD. in Archaeology from the University of London (United Kingdom). Dr. Mannino’s research interests include human palaeoecology and the reconstruction of past environments, subsistence, diet, and mobility. He is currently investigating human dietary change from the late Middle Palaeolithic, through the Upper Palaeolithic, and to the early Neolithic by means of stable isotope analyses on skeletal remains of Neanderthals and Modern Humans.

Growth and Bioenergetics

Keynote: Brian Helmuth – Northeastern University

Dr. Brian Helmuth is a Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and obtained an M.S. in Biology at Northeastern University. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington. Dr. Helmuth’s research explores the effects of climate and climate change on the physiology and ecology of marine organisms. He uses thermal engineering techniques, including a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing and mathematical modeling, to explore the ways in which the environment determines the body temperatures of coastal marine animals such as mussels and seastars. His students study a wide range of topics and organisms, and in recent years the emphasis of his lab has shifted to include a large focus on the development of educational tools such as virtual reality environments and serious games to engage K-12 students and the general public in marine biology.

Deep-time Evolution and Ecology

Keynote: Seth Finnegan – Berkeley

Dr. Seth Finnegan is an Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a B.S. from the University of Chicago and obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Finnegan’s research integrates data from a variety of sources including field observations, lab work, and literature databases to study the nature of organism-environment interactions through time. He investigates patterns of extinction selectivity, environmental proxies, and methods to reconstruct the structure and function of marine ecosystems through time, with a recent focus on the Ordovician Period (488 to 444 million years ago).

Climate and Oceans: Past and Present

Keynote: Kim Cobb – Georgia Tech

Dr. Kim Cobb’s research uses corals and cave stalagmites to probe the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002. She spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2004. Kim has sailed on oceanographic cruises to the deep tropics and led caving expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo in support of her research. Kim has received numerous awards for her research, most notably a NSF CAREER Award in 2007, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008. She is an Editor for Geophysical Research Letters, and sits on the international CLIVAR Pacific Panel, and the Advisory Council for the AAAS Leshner Institute for Public Engagement. As a mother to four, Kim is a strong advocate for women in science. She is also devoted to the clear and frequent communication of climate change to the public through speaking engagements and social media.

Environmental Monitoring and Conservation Paleobiology

Keynote: Greg Dietl – Paleontological Research Institution

Dr. Gregory P. Dietl is Curator of Cenozoic Invertebrates at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and an Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to coming to PRI and Cornell, he was a Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Fellow at Yale University. His innovative and cross-disciplinary research in ecology, paleontology, and conservation biology has been published in the leading peer-reviewed journals in science and environmental studies, as well as in popular magazines. His current research emphasis centers on efforts in the emerging field of conservation paleobiology, which applies paleontological data, theories and methods to understand and solve conservation problems.

Fisheries Ecology and Management

Keynote: John Morrongiello – University of Melbourne

Dr. John Morrongiello is a Lecturer in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He holds a B.A./B.S. with Honors in Marine Ecology and Physical Geography from the University of Melbourne and obtained a Ph.D. in Zoology and Animal Biology at Monash University (Australia). After his PhD, Dr. Morrongiello completed a post-doc with CSIRO in Hobart, Australia where he worked with Dr Ron Thresher exploring the impacts of climate change and fisheries on marine productivity using otolith-based growth histories. Following this, he briefly worked as research scientist in freshwater ecology with the Victorian State Government before commencing his lectureship at Melbourne. Dr. Morrongiello works in marine and freshwater systems investigating how aquatic organisms, primarily fish, respond to environmental change on contemporary and evolutionary time scales using field-based and experimental techniques. He is also interested in the impacts of, and adaptations to, natural and human-induced flow variability, fishery activity, and climate change. He has an active research interest in the development of statistical methods and interpretation of data from biological hard-parts, primarily otoliths. Dr. Morrongiello uses this insight to provide a valuable long-term perspective to the causes and consequences of biological change in aquatic environments, ranging from individuals to assemblages.

Sclerochronology and the Classroom

Poster session only, no keynote.