Evolution and extinction in Devonian terrestrial environments of Svalbard

Fieldwork is planned in July 2013 as a pilot project ahead of a larger project involving staff from NP, Birmingham, and a PhD student supervised by the project leader (Bond). We will conduct reconnaissance of Devonian outcrops around Pyramiden, examine in situ plant fossils, and sample for palynology. The initial aim is to see if there is a record of the Devonian mass extinction (Frasnian-Famennian) on land. There are conflicting reports whether this boundary is present or not in Spitsbergen. We will take a small number of samples to be analysed for palynology at Birmingham. If Frasnian and Famennian fossiliferous strata are identified, this project will develop into a larger, funded project involving a PhD student from the UK.