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The research community at SE-TAF is highly productive. More than 500 peer-reviewed papers were generated in 2011/2012.

SE-TAF research highlights

Recent research highlights by SE TAF scientists and international collaborators include:

  • Successful X-ray micro-tomography of fossil biofilms, embryo-like fossils, early animal embryos and early flowering plants.
  • Discovery of widespread fungi in the fossil deep biosphere.
  • Discovery of well-preserved bacterial fabrics in Quaternary banded iron formations.
  • Direct observation of scales of mosquitoes and an oribatid mite in charred Cretaceous flower remains document plant–arthropod relationships.
  • Constraints on the timescale of mantle convection from the return of Archean surface-modified sulfur in recent plume volcanic rocks.
  • Discovery by ion imaging of sub-micrometer domains of enriched radiogenic Pb in zircon from ultra-high temperature metamorphic rocks.
  • Scientific description of 550 species new to science during the past three years.
  • Rich reservoirs of Mediterranean genotypes in a widespread moss are endangered under changing climate conditions, as shown by an international research team including a NRM scientist.
  • Using ancient DNA analysis on neanderthals and lemmings, researchers at NRM demonstrate surprising extinction dynamics in western Europe during the last Ice Age.
  • NRM scientists from the Geoscience Lab participate in an international research effort to study the consequences of Siberian permafrost thawing for river transport of carbon and metals. Two successful expeditions on the Lena River, one of the 10 largest rivers worldwide, have been conducted.