Two new educational modules built around the Neotoma Explorer web application are available: Exploring the Neotoma Paleoecology Database and Climate Change and Mammal Dispersal.
Posted by Brian Bills on 11/02
A paper by Simon Goring et al. describing the R package neotoma has just been published in the inaugural issue of the new open-access journal Open Quaternary. The paper is here. A direct link to the pdf is here.
Posted by Eric Grimm on 03/09
A blog post about the Neotoma Paleoecology Database mascot.
Posted by Eric Grimm on 09/16
Please give the new Explorer a try here and send us your feedback. Thanks.
Posted by Brian Bills on 05/16
Palynological Databases: Hands-on Computer Workshop will be held October 19-20 in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists in San Francisco. This workshop will provide training in the use of various software packages with application to palynology, with emphasis on the Neotoma Paleoecology Database, but also including Tilia, RNeotoma, an R package for Neotoma, and the Neotoma Application Programming Interface. For more information please visit the workshop webpage.
Posted by Eric Grimm on 09/03
The early view version of Model systems for a no-analog future: species associations and climates during the last deglaciation has just been published online (Williams et al, 2013, in a special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). With global climate change, Earth ecosystems may be moving into novel states that have no modern analogs. Thus, predicting and modeling the behavior of these ecosystems present major challenges. This paper explores model systems from the last deglaciation that also have no modern analogs and how these may help understand future ecosystem response. The paper, which utilizes pollen data from Neotoma, emanates from a workshop "Climate Change and Species Interactions: Ways Forward" held at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in November, 2012.
Posted by Eric Grimm on 08/28
A report by Suzette Flantua et al. on the status of and updates to the Latin American Pollen Database (LAPD) appears in the August 2013 issue of PAGES News. LAPD is a Neotoma constituent database.
Posted by Eric Grimm on 08/27
Date: January 13-16, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Contact: Dr. Eric Grimm
This workshop aims to develop strategies for updating chronologies in a semi-automated manner for paleo databases given new criteria, for example a new radiocarbon calibration curve or revised ages for stratigraphic/biostratigraphic markers (e.g. tephras). Applications for attendance now being accepted. Click here for more information.
Posted by Blake Ketchum on 06/20