Tastes of China!

Our 4th trip in China reminded us just how wonderful the food is and especially how varied it can be from region to region due to the many different cultures and people who inhabit this wonderful country. After a long day collecting field samples it tastes even better too! Thus far we have been able …

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UMBRELLA project team

  Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience (BETR) is a joint programme between Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The aim of the BETR programme is to advance understanding of the evolution of the biosphere by integrating excellent palaeoscience (e.g. palaeontology, geochemistry, geochronology and phylogenomics) and cutting edge …

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UMBRELLA group science

The Asian Monsoon System is a major feature of the Earth’s climate, directly impacting half the human population of the world. The impact of the monsoon on the supply of water and food, and on the flora, fauna, and ecosystems, significantly contributes to the economy of the region. Moreover, large parts of China are noted …

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UMBRELLA project

Background Understanding the changes in vegetation and biodiversity in SE Asia, one of the worlds biodiversity hotspots, has been frustrated by a lack of accurately dated fossil biotas (Böhme et al., 2013). Moreover in Asia any such biotic change inevitably is seen through the lens of monsoon evolution (e.g. Favre et al., 2015), which is …

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