ECSS symposium 3/21 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern

Start date
03/21/2017 12:00 CDT
End date
03/21/2017 13:00 CDT
Posted by Nancy Wilkins-Diehr on 03/16/2017 21:07 UTC

Please join us for the 3/21 ECSS symposium, 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern.

Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 350 667 546

David O’Neal (PSC) will be discussing his work with PI Curtis Marean at Arizona State. The title of the talk is “The Paleoscape Project for Studies of Modern Human Origins”. The work is fascinating and is a former best paper winner at the XSEDE conference. It has been hypothesized that the Cape area of South Africa, due to its uniquely rich coastal and terrestrial food resources, may have been the refuge region for the progenitor lineage of all modern humans during harsh global glacial phases. Human origins research recognizes the evolutionary significance of paleoclimate and paleoenvironment. There are three components to the ECSS work: 1) run a South African regional climate model to hindcast the climate parameters needed to project vegetation and other resources into the past, 2) run vegetation projections from these climate projections, and 3) run multiple agent-based simulations of the foragers on the these ancient paleoscapes. This unique endeavor is made possible by an unprecedented collaboration of scientists from several countries and many disciplines. This work was also the subject of a Campus Champion Fellows collaboration with Fellow Eric Shook.

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