The Reading the Rocks project explores the origins and early diversification of plant and arthropod life on land.
We aim to:
- establish the timing of events, using fossil evidence and inferences drawn from living organisms through a molecular clock based approach
- determine how major changes in sedimentation driven by rising and falling sea level and plate tectonics affect the fossil record
Through this research, we hope to gain a better understanding of the development of important Earth systems such as the carbon cycle.