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The research program is characterized by an integration of actualistic (observational, experimental) data and/or models with palaeo-data to improve the understanding of past and present behavior of biota in relation to exogenous stressors (e.g. climate change, meteorite impacts, human impact) that can trigger dynamic biotic processes such as extinction, migration, and evolution.
Successful implementation of this mission implies the development of research projects on the interface of biology and earth sciences. The program is an integral part of the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB) and takes part in the 'Netherlands Research School of Sedimentary Geology' (NSG).
To study biotic responses to environmental change or to reconstruct environmental conditions we use a selection of biota and organic compounds that are sensitive to such changes and abundantly available in the fossil record. Our research concentrates on: