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Founders Symposium 2009
Paleoclimates: Exploring Ancient Environments
March 14 & 15, 2009

Past environments have much to tell us about climate change. The 2009 Western Interior Paleontological Society Founders Symposium brought together top paleontologists and climatologists to share research on changing climate as seen through the fossil record and the study of ancient environments. Presentations were held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado; field trips to climate science laboratories at NOAA and NCAR took place in Boulder, Colorado.

2009 Speakers

Caspar Ammann, Ph.D.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
The Earth’s Climate System: Challenges and Advances with Geologic Data and Modeling Partnerships

Ashley Ballantyne, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Increased Sensitivity of Arctic CO2 During the Cenozoic

Cindy Shellito, Ph.D.
University of Northern Colorado
Unraveling the Mysteries of Hot-House Climates: A Look at the Use of Models and Data to Understand Global Warming in Earth’s Past

Mary J. Kraus, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Climatic and Biotic Changes at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)

Eric J. Barron, Ph.D.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Climate Forcing Factors in Earth History

Ellen D. Currano, Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University
Changes in Plants and Insect Herbivores during Paleocene-Eocene Global Warming Events in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming

Bonnie Fine Jacobs, Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University
Paleobotany and Climate: Estimating Past Climate from Fossil Leaves & Pollen

Henry Fricke, Ph.D.
Colorado College
Migrations and Monsoons of the Cretaceous Foreland: What Geochemistry Can Tell Us About Dinosaur Behavior and Climate

Paul E. Belanger, Ph.D.
Elk Resources LLC
Summary and Transition: Past, Present and Future Climates