NCEAS Project 2088

A sampling-standardized analysis of phanerozoic marine diversification and extinction

  • John Alroy
  • Charles R. Marshall

See the Paleobiology Database for current information

See the Paleobiology Database for current information

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group16th—18th August 1998Participant List  
Graduate Student5th October 1998—30th September 2000Participant List  
Working Group26th—28th March 1999Participant List  
Graduate Student15th May—15th August 1999Participant List  
Graduate Student15th June—15th August 1999Participant List  
Working Group14th—22nd August 1999Participant List  
Working Group18th—26th March 2000Participant List  
Working Group13th—20th August 2000Participant List  

Our picture of global diversification and extinction on long time scales is mostly based on generalized data for Phanerozoic marine macroinvertebrates. While every effort was made to guarantee the comprehensiveness of this data set, the community has been aware that sampling artifacts may contribute to the observed trends. Until now, we have been unable to remove these effects. Several robust methods for doing this are now available, but these methods use locality-specific data that are not a part of the existing, more generalized compilations. In order to confirm the reality of the major observed patterns, a collaborative data compilation project needs to be initiated. We wish to form a working group to do this. As a first step, we propose a workshop this August involving workers who have specialized in analyzing paleontological diversity data. This workshop will determine the scope, goals, structure, and time table of a database project. Immediately after the workshop, a post-doc who will serve as project coordinator will begin a two-year residency at NCEAS. Over the following two years, experts specializing on particular parts of the fossil record will meet at NCEAS to guide the data collection process. A final meeting will focus on preparing collaborative publications showing how these data influence our picture of marine diversification and extinction.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Alroy, John; Koch, P. L.; Zachos, J.C. 2000. Global climate change and North American mammalian evolution. Paleobiology. Pages 259-288.
Journal Article Alroy, John; Marshall, Charles R.; Bambach, Richard K.; Bezusko, Karen; Foote, Michael; Fursich, Franz T.; Hansen, Thor A.; Holland, Steven M.; Ivany, Linda C.; Jablonski, David; Jacobs, David; Jones, D. C.; Kosnik, Matthew A.; Lidgard, Scott; Low, Sofy; Miller, Arnold I.; Novack-Gottshall, P.M.; Olszewski, Tom; Patzkowsky, Mark E.; Raup, David; Roy, Kaustuv; Sepkoski, J. John; Sommers, Michael; Wagner, Peter J.; Webber, Andrew J. 2001. Effects of sampling standardization on estimates of Phanerozoic marine diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 98. Pages 6261-6266. (Abstract)