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November 30th 2020

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Professor Erin Saupe delivers fascinating insight into mass extinction on Earth

On Tuesday 23 November, Professor Erin Saupe’s virtual lecture, “‘The end of the world as we know it: mass extinctions in the past, the present and the future”
left her audience in no doubt about what the future holds for planet Earth.

Extinction is a natural process that occurs on Earth. However, there have been periods in Earth history when large numbers of species have perished in concert, which are deemed mass extinction events. During her fascinating presentation, Professor Saupe discussed her research on mass extinctions and how this work is relevant to the current crisis facing us today.

Erin Saupe is a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College and an Associate Professor of Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences. Her research focuses on determining the factors that promote speciation, extinction and shifts in species’ distributions over Earth history.

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