Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ecosystem resilience and recovery from the Permo-Triassic crisis

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Volcanic eruption

There are five major mass extinction events recognised in Earth’s history. The mass extinction that occurred at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geological periods (approximately 250 million years ago) is thought to have been the biggest of these five events.

Dr Wesley Fraser, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at Oxford Brookes University, is investigating the impact of globally significant volcanism on the Permo-Triassic extinction event, and the resultant recovery of the biosphere throughout the Triassic period.

This project is an international collaboration incorporating researchers from the UK and China: “This collaboration is really exciting as it bring together some of my earlier work on the Permo-Triassic boundary presented at the European Geophysical Union conference in 2016, modelling expertise from the team at the University of Leeds, and inherent knowledge of the geological formations under investigation by colleagues at Wuhan University” says Dr Fraser.

This project (grant reference: NE/P013724/1) falls within the remit of the Biosphere Evolution, Transitions and Resilience (BETR) funding programme; a jointly funded (c.£4 million) venture between the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

More information on Dr Wesley Fraser’s research can be found on his staff page.