Presentations to the Committee
Meeting 1 – September 27-29, 2007
Mark Weiss, Rich Kay, and Don Grayson, (Archeology/Anthropology) NSF-BCS
Rich Lane, Enriqueta Barrera, and Ray Bernor, (Earth Sciences) NSF-GEO
Personal Perspective on Committee’s Task
Mikael Fortelius, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki
What They Hear vs What You Say—and Why it Matters
Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, CA
Thoughts on Human Evolution and Climatic Change
Steven Stanley, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii.
Thoughts on the Environmental Context of Human Evolution
Bill Ruddiman, University of Virginia.
(How) Do Genes Matter?
Ken Weiss, Pennsylvania State University
Meeting 2 – Workshop February 21-22, 2008
Tempo and Trends and Possible Causes of African Climate Change During the Pliocene-Pleistocene
Peter deMenocal, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
The Tempo of Evolution
Rick Potts, Smithsonian Institution
Climate, Tectonics, and Hominin Evolution
Peter Molnar, University of Colorado
Early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior–a view from Afar
Tim White, University of California at Berkeley
Tectonostratigraphic Context of Turkana Basin
Francis Brown, University of Utah
The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins: Transdisciplinary Problems Require Transdisciplinary Projects
Curtis Marean, Arizona State University
WORKSHOP BREAKOUT QUESTIONS
Question 1: What was the history and variability of hominin paleoenvironments over the last 8 Ma?
Question 2: How do we improve geochronological control and temporal resolution?
Question 3: Can terrestrial, lacustrine, and marine paleoenvironmental record be reconciled in terms of known forcing mechanisms?
Question 4: How can biotic evolution and adaptation be quantified?
Question 5: How does the terrestrial biotic record relate to the paleoenvironmental changes indicated by terrestrial, lacustrine, and marine records?
Question 6: How do we improve our understanding of hominin interactions with their environment?
Question 7: What new archives, proxies, and methods are needed?
Question 8: How do we test the null hypothesis that human evolution was unaffected by environmental change?