Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 104, 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Current Students
BEES Seminar: Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Scott L. Wing, PhD, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History
A Carbon-Climate Crisis 56 Million Years Ago: Implications for the Anthropocene
The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) event took place 56 million years ago, early in the Cenozoic. At the onset of the PETM, billions of tons of carbon were released into the ocean and atmosphere, raising global temperature by 4-8 degrees C and acidifying the deep ocean. Climate change had dramatic effects on the distribution of plants and animals, changed ecological interactions, and resulted in rapid evolutionary change in some groups of organisms.