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Yes, please send me the second circular.
Thanks,
Nicky.

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Nicola Simpson
Department of Earth Sciences
The Open University
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Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA

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> From:         MATTHEW WOOLLER
> Reply To:     Stable Isotope Geochemistry
> Sent:         Tuesday, November 16, 1999 4:09 pm
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Paleograssland 2000 conference
>
> 'Paleo-Grassland Research 2000': a conference on the reconstruction and
> modelling of past grass-dominated biomes (sponsored by the National
> Science
>  Foundation Geosciences: Earth System History and PAGES Past Global
> Changes -
>  IGBP)
>
> Co-ordinators K.R.M. Beuning1 and M.J. Wooller2
>
>
> 1 Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 265 Church Street,
> Middletown,
> Connecticut, 06459-6067
>
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> 2 Tropical Paleoenvironments Research Group, Department of Geography,
> University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea. SA2 8PP
>
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>
> Rationale
>
>
> Modelling exercises and the multi-proxy approach are the most appropriate
> methods
> for the reconstruction of past grasslands and are reliant on each other
> for hypothesis
> testing.  The analyses of pollen, carbon isotopes (including compound
> specific
> analysis), grass cuticles and phytoliths are the most appropriate
> techniques available
> for the reconstruction of past grasslands.  Development of techniques that
> seek to
> determine the past distribution of C3 vs. C4 grasses is ongoing and should
> be in
> conjunction with the modelling community - so that a co-ordinated
> prescription for
> the multi-proxy reconstruction of paleo grasslands can be established.
>
> Proposal
>
> 'Paleo Grassland Research 2000' will bring together international
> researchers to
> synthesise an informed multi-proxy approach to the reconstruction of past
> grasslands.
> The conference will take place over three days and will involve
> researchers actively
> involved in studying the reconstruction, biogeography, ecology and
> physiology of
> past grasslands.  Participating disciplines will include: pollen, stable
> isotopes, grass
> cuticles, charcoal, phytoliths and environmental modelling.  Priority will
> be given to
>  those willing to make an oral presentation.  The emphasis of the
> conference will be a
> holistic appreciation of paleo-grassland evidence.
>
> Venue:  The venue for the conference will be on Long Island Sound at the
> Water's
>  Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut.
>
> Date:  The proposed date for the conference is 1 - 3 June 2000. (Abstract
> deadline: 1
>  February 2000)
>
> Format:  Morning sessions will consist of oral presentations on research
> involving
> paleo-grassland reconstruction and will be presented by the invited
> delegates in mixed
>  discipline sessions.  These presentations will provide an opportunity for
> individuals to
> appreciate the problems and possibilities in other closely related
> disciplines.  Afternoon
>  sessions will consist of working groups focussing on specific proxy
> methods and
> challenges of specific geographical areas.  The conference will culminate
> with a
> workshop to discuss the future for paleo-grassland research and establish
> a PAGES
> affiliated working group, Paleo Grassland Research Association
> (P.G.R.ASS.), which
>  will aim to:
>
> . synthesise ideas and methods for the reconstruction of past grass
> dominated biomes.
> . identify future goals and strategies for paleo-grassland research.
> . promote collaboration between delegates and establish a network of
> relevant research
> expertise.
>
> Publication: We plan publication of the conference proceedings in a
> thematic issue of
> an international journal.
>
> Those wishing to receive a copy of the second circular should contact
> the organizers.
>
> *********************************************
> Mr Matthew Wooller,
> Tropical Palaeoenvironments Research Group,
> Palaeoecology Laboratory,
> Department of Geography,
> University of Wales Swansea,
> Singelton Park,
> Swansea,
> South Wales,
> United Kingdom.
> SA2 8PP.
> *********************************************
> *********************************************
> Mr Matthew Wooller,
> Tropical Palaeoenvironments Research Group,
> Palaeoecology Laboratory,
> Department of Geography,
> University of Wales Swansea,
> Singelton Park,
> Swansea,
> South Wales,
> United Kingdom.
> SA2 8PP.
> *********************************************
>