Pollen can tell the story of climate change

Professor Annette Gotz

An expert in seeing answers to our past and our future hidden deep in pollen, Annette Götz at the University of Portsmouth, is to give a free public lecture next week.

The professor of palaeontology’s lecture is part of British Science Week.

Gone with the Wind: How fossil pollen record past climates, will examine how climate change shapes our planet, its biodiversity and ecosystems today and in the past.

Professor Gotz, of the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will discuss how pollen grains preserved in rocks for millions of years record the vegetation of past continents and how the climate changed from the first greening of our planet about 400 million years ago to the aftermath of the last ice age ending 10,000 years ago. Looking into deep time and microscopic tiny grains opens a new world to understand how plants coped with drastic changes in the past from icehouse into hothouse conditions and how our modern flora emerged by facing these changes.

The lecture is on Wednesday, March 14, from 6-7pm in Park Building, King Henry I Street, PO1 2DZ. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Parking at Milldam Building, PO1 3AS, costs £2.

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite: https://annettegotzinaugural.eventbrite.co.uk

Professor Götz was awarded her MSc and PhD in carbonate sedimentology and micropalaeontology from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

Her interest in energy resources led to research posts at two South African universities – associate professor in sedimentology and palaeontology at Rhodes University, followed by head of geology at the University of Pretoria. In 2015 she moved to the UK, joining Portsmouth last year.

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