Coordination: Boglárka Erdei, Torsten Utescher
Reports of this working group available
Extended NECLIME workshop, Sofia (Bulgaria), 25th to 28th of September 2018
to the 28th
of September 2018, an extended NECLIME workshop
will be take place in Sofia (Bulgaria)
at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences organized by Dimiter Ivanov and his team. This
extended workshop focuses on "Climate and vegetation evolution in the Paratethys and Eastern Mediterranean"
. It is organized in association with the 9th
meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs“
, the 4th
meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of macrobotanical records in Eurasia"
and the NECLIME working group "On Fossil woods".
- Palaeobotanical records (micro/macro) of the Central and Eastern Paratethys
vegetation and climate dynamics from palaeobotanical
records(micro/macro) – taxonomical basis and methodological standards –
- Higher resolving reconstructions - time series and their analyses
- Plant diversity patterns in pollen records
- Application of digital data on plant distribution in biodiversity reconstruction
- Neogene climate and vegetation gradients from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Eastern and Central Paratethys
- Aridification trends and large scale changes of palaeovegetation patterns - evidence from plants and vertebrates
- Plio-Pleistocene Transition – evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, andsurrounding lacustrine basins
- Multi-proxy approaches in continental palaeoclimate reconstruction
- Evolution and dynamics of lacustrine systems
the frame of the given regional focus we invite contributions on
vegetation-climate interactions, plant and animal migration and
evolution, driving mechanisms, development of open landscapes,
evolution of wetlands, and climate change and variability in time and
space. Furthermore, we encourange the exchange between macro- and micropaleobotanists
as well as colleagues from other working groups
digital data on plant distribution, detailed and high-resolution
records, and Neogene stratigraphy of the plant bearing horizons in
Central and East Asia to join our exteneded workshop in Sofia.
Colleagues working on Neogene mammals are also kindly invited to
contribute, and to share their recent results and new ideas.
Please, find more details about the registration and abstract submission in the 1st circular.
The 2nd circular
contains details on the program and the venue as well as information on accomodations, fees and the city of Sofia.
Past workshops and meetings
The 3rd workshop was be held within the Joint meeting of the
NECLIME working groups "Taxonomy of the macrobotanical records of
Eurasia" and the "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs" at the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Masaryk University Brno (Czech Republic) on November, 16th-17th, 2017.
Topics discussed encompass
- The application of TLM/SEM on fossil spore/pollen flora as a specific focus
- Improvement of the identification and taxonomy of
palynomorph taxa with respect to vegetation reconstruction and
climatic evaluation - new achievements and advances
- Reference palynological, carpological and leaves collections – news and updates,
online resources for identification
- Taxonomic diversity throughout the Neogene (Cenozoic)
- The Central European pollen and macro-remain recordsa – taxonomy and palaeoecology
- Plant Functional Type (PFT) approach in Cenozoic vegetation reconstruction, its
advantages and flaws.
- The Palaeoclimate database of NECLIME – recent advances of the working group on
digital plant distribution
Furthermore, in the frame of the given regional focus
we invite contributions on vegetation and climate dynamics, development of environments, and climate variability
in time and space.
More details on the meeting are available in the first circular.
A report will follow soon!
The second workshop took place within the Joint workshop of the
working groups on the "Taxonomy of the
Cenozoic macrobotanical record of Eurasia" and "On the taxonomy of
Neogene palynomorphs" from the 1st to the 4th
of October 2012 in Sofia (Bulgaria), following the
NECLIME Conference in Europe.
The discussion was build up mainly by the following topics
- Atlas of Pollen and Spores of the Polish Neogene, Vol. 4
(presented by E. Worobiec)
- Non-pollen palynomorphs
- Integration of diverse plant records - the prospects of
joint studies (presented by A. Bertini and E. Martinetto)
- Reference Collections – online resources for
- Taxon complexes in the Cenozoic plant record
- Plant Functional Types and biome modelling within NECLIME -
recent advances (presented by L. François)
The first workshop took place at the Natural History Museum in Budapest (Hungary) on the 24th
of May, 2011 organised by Boglárka Erdei and Torsten Utescher.
Four main topics were discussed
- Current status of the NLR as well as their age limit for
- Taxon-comlexes in the Cenozoic
- NECLIME database
- Plant functional type classification.
Please read a detailed describtion in the report
A 1st pre-meeting
was held on March 17th
in Frankfurt/M to discuss the frame and potential objectives of this
NECLIME working group. The main topics can be downloaded in the program
and summary of the discussion
Work is in progress to achieve the aim to improve basic data used
for palaeoclimatic and vegetation
reconstruction. Especially the connection to the Nearest Living
Relatives is of great
interest and importance.
To provide a basis for future discussions the online files of
Palaeoflora have been updated (www.palaeoflora.de
A summerized file is available for download
- taxa highlighted in green represent new data entries or
updated botanical affinity, respectively.
- for all other records, a NLR concept is available in more
literature resources that is more specific than the interpretation
in the database, or differs from actual entries. In these cases, a
modification of database entries will be considered after
- Cleared leaf collection
Online picture database of the Palaeontology collection
and Modern Cleared Leaves by University of California, Museum of
Climate Leaf Analysis Multivariante Program
Fossil/recent reference collections
Fruits and seeds (focus on recent reference collections)
|Armenian National Academy of
Sciences, Institute of Botany, Yerevan, Armenia
||approximately 1,000 recent species
|Università degli Studi di
Torino, Modern Carpological Collection, Torino, Italy
|more than 800 species
|Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
Institute of Botany, Sofia (Bulgaria)
|more than 3,000 species
|Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Kunming Institue of Botany (KUN), Kunming, China
|more than 600 fossil specimens
and several thousand extant species
|Università di Modena e
Reggio Emilia,Laboratorio di Palinologia e Paleobotanica, Modena, Italy
|about 900 taxa
|Università di Modena e
Reggio Emilia Carpoteca Storica Orto Botanico di Modena, Modena, Italy
||more than 1,000 samples
|Natural History Museum,
University of Florence, Florecen, Italy
|~ 13.000 species (valuation)
|Polish Academy of Sciences,
Institute of Botany, Cracow (Poland)
|about 12,000 species
Get more information about each of the carpological reference
collection in this Table.