Living Landscapes: Present and Past Interactions Between Coastal Sediments and Biota

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 10:20 AM
Giulio Mariotti, MIT-EAPS, Cambridge, MA, United States
Since the dawn of life, sedimentary landscapes have been interacting with biota. This is particularly evident in coastal environments, where sediment transport and production are strongly influenced by microbes, plants and animals. Here I will discuss examples ranging from erosion of modern coastal wetlands to evidence of early life in sedimentary rocks. Using mathematical models and laboratory experiments I will investigate processes and present new perspectives at the border between geomorphology, ecology and paleontology.