Mass Extinctions: The End of the World as We Know It

Extinction is a natural process that occurs on Earth. Why does it happen? Who wins and loses? How is it relevant to us today?


There have been periods in the Earth's history when large numbers of species have perished in concert, which we deem 'mass extinction events'.

Join Professor Saupe as she discusses her research on mass extinctions and how her work is relevant to the ecosystem crises facing us today.

This event is free, but please book your tickets in advance.

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About the Speaker

Professor Erin Saupe

Erin Saupe is a palaeobiologist at the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, investigating interactions between life and environments over geological time scales. Erin and her laboratory use knowledge about fossils and living organisms to create models that show how species and communities might react to climate change, and how Earth's biodiversity will be impacted by the climate crisis.


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Header image adapted from photo by p_a_h from United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons