Tempo and Mode: Centre for Macroevolution & Macroecology
The Centre for Macroevolution and Macroecology brings together
researchers from different departments and centres of the Australian
National University (including Biology, Philosophy, Earth Sciences, Archaeology), as well as our international collaborators. It was
formed with the aim of fostering interdisciplinary work in
macroevolution and macroecology. Meeting regularly allows us to
cultivate an appreciation of each others’ points of view and encourage
communication by developing a shared language. This provides a
platform for productive interdisciplinary collaborations.
What is Tempo and Mode?
The term “tempo and mode” was coined by G. G. Simpson, one of the architects of the modern synthesis of evolution. Simpson drew on observations from palaeontology and genetics to describe the variation in rate of evolution between different lineages and over evolutionary time (tempo) and the mechanisms driving these varying rates of change (mode). We think “tempo and mode” provides a useful description for a broad research program encompassing patterns and mechanisms of biodiversity generation and loss across time, space and lineages.
What do we do?
In addition to regular informal meetings and discussions, we run an occasional seminar series (Tempo & Mode Seminars), in which speakers from a range of disciplines present their research in a way that appeals to a diverse audience. These seminars are advertised through several ANU and CSIRO mailing lists. We also run less formal seminars that give students and others a chance to present ideas, obtain feedback, or practice forthcoming seminars or conference presentations.