About the Group
PaleoSeminar is a MCRN working group which spans more than 12 different institutions and includes undergraduates, graduate students, and professors. Meeting every week via WebEx, we share our ideas through a combination of seminar presentations and working meetings. PaleoSeminar's scientific topics include snowball earth, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, mid-Pleistocene transition, Dansgaard–Oeschger events, and other scientific fields which have analogs to paleo-phenomena including neural bursting. Mathematically we study dynamical systems, partial differential equations, model developments, bifurcation theory and anything else that is relevant to the scientific questions we are asking. PaleoSeminar is the union of two previous focus groups: PaleoCarbon and PaleoAnalogs. PaleoCarbon focused on the connection between the long term carbon cycle and paleoclimate glacial cycles. PaleoAnalogs focused on using results, techniques, and framework that has been established in other applied fields within dynamical systems.
The PaleoSeminar’s new (Spring 2015) format presents speakers for two consecutive weeks. The first week's meeting is a standard talk after which a paper is suggested for reading over the following week. The second meeting is more focused on discussion based on the previous talk and the paper. The PaleoSeminar meets for weekly webinars on Wednesdays at 12:15 Eastern via WebEx.