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Diana Paola Ochoa

My current research is focused in understanding the biodiversity changes in neotropical floras during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. For this purpose I’m using palynological samples from NW Venezuela. So far, we had found a surprising increasing in diversity trough this warming period.

As a master student at East Tenessee State University-ETSU I am developing a research project which is focused on the palynological analysis of the Mio-Pliocene sediments from the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee. My objectives are to understand the floral composition, and behavior of the living community in the southern Appalachian during this time. As well as related the record with main Mio-Pliocene changes in CO2 concentrations.