This July, Luis Buatois travelled to Novosibirsk, Russia to give a keynote at the 13th International Symposium on the Ordovician System. Luis’ talk was entitled “Quantifying the role of bioturbation and bioerosion in ecospace utilization and ecosystem engineering during the Cambrian Explosion and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event”. This meeting was organized by Olga Obut, Nokolay Sennikov and Tat’yana Kipriyanova from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in Novosibirsk. Activities during the conference included visits to the Paleontological and Mineralogical Museums and to the recently created University Museum which hosts a nice exhibition on the history of life. Luis also participated in a pre-conference fieldtrip to visit Cambrian-Ordovician outcrops in the St Petersburg area led by Andrey Dronov. The fieldtrip was a great opportunity to look at spectacular examples of the so-called Ordovician Bioerosion Revolution.
By Luis Buatois