Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE)
Is a Nordic research centre based at the Biological Institute of the University of Southern Denmark at Odense, and with members at the Geological Museum and the Geography and Geology Dept., University of Copenhagen, and at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. Its mission is to study biological evolution in the context of environmental change.
The Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, NordCEE, is a centre of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (Danmarks Grundforskningsfond). NordCEE is focused on exploring the long history of life's evolution on Earth. We will investigate how biological evolution has both shaped and responded to the evolving chemistry of the Earth-surface environment. Thus, our purpose is to place the long history of biological innovation within the context of environmental change. Our hope is to understand what special circumstances have paved the way to establishing the abundant, conspicuous, and diverse life that the planet Earth currently enjoys. Thus, our goal is to untangle the dynamics between biological evolution, element cycling, and Earth-surface change. To accomplish this goal we identify three major research themes:
- Reconstructing the history of environmental change
- Identifying major episodes of biological innovation
- Ecosystem evolution and controls of Earth surface chemistry
NordCEE is highly interdisciplinary engaging partners form the University of Southern Denmark (Institute of Biology), the University of Copenhagen (Geological Museum and Geological Institute) and the Swedish Natural History Museum in Stockholm.
Don Canfield from the University of Southern Denmark is centre director and Odense exists as centre "headquarters". Minik Rosing is the informal group leader in Copenhagen and Stefan Bengtson has the same function in Stockholm.
For further reading: http://www.nordcee.dk