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Anderw Scott - Retirement Conference

This conference is being organised by the Department to mark the retirement of Professor Andrew Scott.  The conference will take place on Friday 14th September 2012.  There is no registartion fee and attendees will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Numbers are limited due to lecture theatre capacity. Please register by e-mailing Kathryn Hardy at kathryn.hardy@rhul.ac.uk

The timetable for the day is as follows:

9.00 Welcome remarks from University and Department
9.15-9.40 Jean Galtier (CNRS, CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
The progymnosperm Protopitys. New data on vegetative and fertile structures, and on geographic distribution.
9.40-10.05 Barry Lomax (University of Nottingham, UK)
Genome size and the early angiosperms.
10.05-10.30 Richard Bateman (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK)
Azorean orchids: speciation in a volcanigenic landscape.
10.30-10.55 Brigitte Meyer-Berthaud (CNRS, CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
Direct evidence and model simulations as complementary sources of information to analyse relationships between plants and climate.
10.55-11.25 COFFEE
11.25-11.50 Derek Siveter (University of Oxford, UK)
New, exceptionally preserved arthropods from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte
11.50-12.15 Nick Rowe (CNRS, CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
Plant growth forms and functional traits: using biomechanics to understand plants in deep time and today.
12.15-12.40 Deborah Martin (USGS, Denver, Colorado, USA)
Across the pond: The influence of Andrew Scott on fire science in western North America.
12.40-13.40 LUNCH
13.40-14.05 Mark Hardiman (Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
Understanding fire in the Quaternary with a geologists toolkit.
14.05-14.30 Laura McParland (UK)
Reflectance as a tool for the characterisation of biochars.
14.30-14.55 Scott Anderson (presented by Mark Hardiman) (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA)
Vegetation change and climate transitions on California's Channel Islands.
14.55-15.20 Chris Roos (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA)
Fire, Climate, and Society in The Ancient Southwest US.
15.20-15.50 TEA
15.50-16.15 William Bond (University of Cape Town, S. Africa)
The impact of angiosperms on pyrogeography of the world.
16.15-16.40 Claire Belcher (University of Exeter, UK)
Using Experimental Techniques to Understand the Flammability of Ancient Ecosystems.
16.40-17.05 Bob Spicer, Jian Yang & Teresa Spicer (presented by Bob Spicer) (Chinese Academyof Sciences, Beijing, China & Open University, UK)
Leaves, Fire and Rain: New Landscapes in the CLAMP Palaeoclimate Proxy
17.05-17.30 Paulo Pereira and Artemi Cerda (presented by Paulo Pereira) (University of Valencia,Spain)
After the fire: Ash and Erosion
18.30 Reception in the Picture Gallery, Founders Building, Royal Holloway
19.15 Dinner in the picture gallery.


Dinner in the picture gallery (Speakers invited as guests).
Dress code informal/smart casual.
Other guests may book and pay in advance when registering (cost c. £40). Numbers are limited to 80. The menu including vegetarian option is available upon request.
Please send cheques by Friday 17th August 2012 made payable to RHUL to:
Kathryn Hardy
Department of Earth Sciences
Royal Holloway University of London
TW20 0EX
Tel. 44+1784 443581.


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