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SSP1.12 | Continental shelf ecosystems through time
Continental shelf ecosystems through time
Convener: Danae ThivaiouECSECS | Co-conveners: Alex DunhillECSECS, Konstantina Agiadi, Baran KarapunarECSECS, Devapriya Chattopadhyay
Continental shelves cover more than 32 million square kilometres worldwide today and are home to many marine organisms. At the interface between the deep oceans and the continents, shelves are characterised by high nutrient and energy exchange rates, and are directly impacted by the change in climate. They constitute an arena where sedimentological processes interfere with marine biota. Continental shelves host the largest part of the ocean’s marine biodiversity in recent and deep time. Hence, they offer interesting opportunities for tracing changes in the environment and their impacts on biodiversity through time. This session aims to bring together scientists working on marine fossils and the sedimentological processes that have shaped life on the continental shelf. We welcome contributions on all aspects of the evolution of past shelf ecosystems including biotic crises related with perturbations in climate, sedimentary regime and carbon cycle, diversification events, biotic interactions (e.g., predator-prey and parasitic interactions, food webs). We invite presentations on the fields of palaeontology, paleobiology, palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography, taphonomy, facies analysis and sedimentology.