It’s our 50th episode! To celebrate we sit down with four members of the Anthropocene Working Group: the scientists and experts who are deciding whether or not we formally adopt the Anthropocene into the geologic time table. We discuss what makes the Anthropocene boundary different from all of the other boundaries in geologic history, how they deal with the increased public attention to this particular boundary, and some cultural ripple effects of the Anthropocene dealing with the Law of the Sea. As we wrap up, the Generation Anthropocene producers take a minute to reflect on all of the rapid changes we’ve witnessed over the past 50 episodes.
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Jan Zalasiewicz is a Lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester, and before that worked at the British Geological Survey. He is a field geologist, palaeontologist and stratigrapher, and researches fossil ecosystems and environments across 500-million years of Earth history. Jan is also the convenor for the Working Group on the ‘Anthropocene’ and has published many scholarly works on the topic. Along with Mark Williams, he is the author of the popular science book The Goldilocks Planet.
Davor Vidas is the director of the Law of the Sea and Marine Affairs Programme at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). As an expert dealing with the Law of the Sea, Davor is currently investigating how international laws, all of which were written during our previous and stable geologic epoch, need to adapt to better fit the unstable environment of the Anthropocene.
Mike Ellis is the head of climate change science at the British Geological Survey. Mike has worked all across the world researching the intersection of plate tectonics and landscape evolution, the environmental impacts of climate change, and the Anthropocene.
Mark Williams is a reader in paleobiology at the University of Leicester. His work deals primarily with the interactions between the biosphere and other Earth systems. Mark also studies climate proxies and the application of numerical climate models. Along with Jan Zalasiewicz, he is the author of the popular science book The Goldilocks Planet.
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