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Sclerochronology Meeting

Posted on behalf of Thomas Tütken

Call for papers:

2nd International Sclerochronology Conference

Mainz, Germany, 24 – 28 July 2010

Dear all,

Registration and abstract submission for ISC2010 is now open.


Who should attend?

Anyone working on or interested in the formation and interpretation of
growth increments in accretionary hard parts of invertebrate and
vertebrate organisms as well as corraline red algae, their geochemistry
and crystal fabrics or the underlying processes of biomineralization,
should attend this conference. Come to Mainz, share your thoughts and
help to bring this fast-developing field forward!

Please note: We also highly welcome contributions from people working
with tree rings, speleothems, bones, teeth and related bio- and

Details on the 2nd International Sclerochronology Conference are
available from the conference website at
http://www.scleroconferences.de .

The conference organizers hope to welcome you at the University of Mainz
for exciting presentations and discussions in this fast developing
field. Please check the website for further information.

Program committee:

- Bernd R. Schöne (conference chair), Geosciences, University of Mainz,

- Andrew L.A. Johnson, Geographical, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of Derby, UK

- Claire E. Lazareth, LOCEAN, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, France

- David P. Gillikin, Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College, USA

- Kazushige Tanabe, Earth and Planetary Science, University of Tokyo,

- Meghan Burchell, Anthropology, McMaster University, Canada

- Thomas Tütken, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany

Sclerochronology is the study of physical and chemical variations in the
accretionary hard tissues of organisms, and the temporal context in
which they formed. Sclerochronology focuses primarily upon growth
patterns reflecting annual, monthly, fortnightly, tidal, daily, and
sub-daily increments of time entrained by a host of environmental and
astronomical pacemakers. Familiar examples include yearly banding in
reef coral skeletons and otoliths or daily and annual growth patterns in mollusk shells. Sclerochronology is analogous to dendrochronology, the
study of annual rings in trees, and equally seeks to deduce organismal
life history traits as well as to reconstruct records of environmental
and climatic change through time and space.


Dr. Thomas Tütken

Leiter der Emmy Noether-Gruppe „Knochengeochemie“

Steinmann Institut
für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie
- Arbeitsbereich Mineralogie-Petrologie -
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Schloss
53115 Bonn

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