Long Term Co-evolution of Life & the Planet

Programme overview

This programme investigated the long term controls on the carbon and oxygen composition of the atmosphere and ocean and the relationship to evolution and biodiversity focusing on specific periods of major physical or biological change in the geological record.

Background & objectives

Throughout Earth's history there have been major reorganisations of the whole Earth system. It is known that the drivers of the changes, and the controls on the intervening periods of relative stability, involve complex feedbacks on a variety of time and space scales. The main objective of this research programme was to improve understanding of the nature, rates, controls and feedbacks that provide the fundamental drivers and controls of periods of major physical or biological change in the geological record and their relationship to carbon and oxygen cycles.

Report & key findings

There were four research projects funded in the frame of the 'Long-Term Coevolution of Life & the Planet' Programme, in which 20 institutions, 23 academics, 14 post doctoral research assistants and 10 Phd students were involved. Every project in the research programme has its own research period in the planet Earth 'deep time' history, but yet intertwine with each other around the theme co-evolution of life and the planet.

Life and the Planet website - external link has details of the research projects and latest publications from the programme.