Ebru Albayrak

Ebru Albayrak
General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration of Turkey | MTA



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This long-lasting project, launched in 1994, aims at better characterising the taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships, and evolutionary history of the Rhinocerotoidea (i.e., Hyrachyidae, Amynodontidae, Hyracodontidae, Eggysodontidae, Paraceratheriidae, and Rhinocerotidae). This iconic group of megaherbivores has been roaming most landmasses in Cenozoic times. Their last representatives, i.e. Asian and African rhinos, are among the most critically endangered mammalian species today.
NECLIME is an open international network of scientists working on Cenozoic climate evolution and related changes of continental ecosystems. During the past 65 million years of Earth history, globally warmer-then-present conditions prevailed in a world with almost modern paleogeography. These timespans represent promising case studies for anticipated future scenarios. Within the NECLIME network, we aim to combine data on past climate change and its environmental impact for large-scale reconstructions. NECLIME research activities comprise paleoclimate reconstructions, including atmospheric CO₂ and ecosystem analysis using multiple quantitative methods on various primarily continental proxies (plants; vertebrates; invertebrates; geochemistry and geological proxies). Complementing model studies are employed to assess connections and processes driving ocean, atmosphere and biosphere at global and regional scales. NECLIME was established in 1999 with the aim to understand Neogene trends across Eurasia. This basic idea quickly and constantly expanded to a global interest and a wider stratigaphical frame. The steadily growing NECLIME network with currently around 140 members in 34 countries is coordinated by a team of researchers and an advisory board. NECLIME holds annual conferences and workshops and administers working groups bringing forward scientific exchange, joint projects, and the integration of research data. For more information go to www.neclime.de