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A celebration of the academic contributions of Steve Brooks to the field of Quaternary environmental reconstruction.

The one day meeting is intended to bring together Palaeoentomological and more broadly Paleoecological and Quaternary scientists to celebrate the retirement of a key member of the research community; Steve Brooks. Steve played a large role in pioneering the use of chironomids as a palaeoecological proxy in Quaternary sequences and has since been heavily involved in refining the techniques, applying them at sites across Europe and developing novel applications.

The meeting will broadly be based on developments in the field of Quaternary Entomology (specifically the use of insects in reconstructing environment) and change through the Quaternary period but with a focus on the development and use of chironomids as environmental indicators.

Organisers: Pete Langdon, Kim Davies, Stefan Engels & Darren Hall

Enquiries should be sent to Kimberley.davies@plymouth.ac.uk

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Discussion Meeting

Start time: coffee from 9.30am. 10am meeting start.

The Keynote speaker will be Steve Brooks who will give an overview of his career and highlight his key contributions to the field.

There will be 3 themed sessions:

Session 1: Chironomid-inferred temperature reconstructions. This session will encompass talks highlighting the initial development of chironomids as a proxy for temperature. Speakers will include academics who collaborated with Steve and on influential/historic sites.

Session 2: Novel & environmental approaches. This session will look more broadly at chironomids as environmental indicators and innovative research using chironomids. This session will look at potential future directions for the proxy.

Session 3: Other related papers: either on Quaternary entomology or related fields.

The meeting will be followed by a wine reception with colleagues from the NHM to celebrate Steve’s retirement.

Post- meeting dinner at a nearby restaurant - we will email attendants nearer the time to make arrangements for this.


To attend this 1-day symposium you need to register using the registration form below by 12th May.

Please use the appropriate ticket type to indicate if you would like to present. once registered, titles and a brief (twitter style!) abstract should be sent to Kim Davies (kimberley.davies@plymouth.ac.uk)

As costs for the day will depend on the number of attendants, we will determine the final registration fee (to be paid on the day of the meeting) by the end of May. As a rough guide we suggest costs as follows:

QRA Member: £20

Non QRA: £30

Student/unwaged: £10

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