In mid-September 2007, 32 paleontologists gathered at the Smithsonian Institution to spend four days discussing research frontiers in paleoecology, particularly at the interface with neoecology. They represented expertise throughout the Phanerozoic and in all major groups of fossilizable organisms. This meeting was timely, given the increasing evidence of the impact of climate change on ecosystems in our modern world. The vast repository of paleoecological data on past environmental change and concomitant ecological responses, observed at many different spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales, is of potentially great value for understanding and predicting how modern ecosystems will respond to climate change. Of...

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