28 Mar 2021

Did land plants alter erosion rates on Earth?

A discussion arises from the recent review article in Chemical Geology, where Tais W. Dahl and Susanne Arens concluded that land plants did not forever increase the physical weathering rates of the continental crust. This conclusion was reached from the records of preserved sediment rock volume and the timing of plant-assisted weathering as recorded in […]

27 Jan 2021

The Carlsberg foundation supports field work in Siberia

The Carlsberg Foundation is sponsoring field work led by Tais W. Dahl to Arctic Siberia, where an important climate catastrophe is recorded in marine sedimentary rocks. The expedition will bring back data and samples deposited in the oceans during a climate event that caused sulfidic anoxia to suddenly expand in warming oceans and wipe out […]

12 Oct 2020

Press release: Early animals had a shorter day

In a brief story published in Danish on Videnskab.dk, Aske L. Sørensen and Tais W. Dahl explain one of the consequences of their latest EPSL paper: Earth was spinning faster 500 million years ago. The scientific paper entitled “Astronomically forced climate change in the Late Cambrian” documents Milankovitch-cycles in two drill cores through the Alum […]

18 Apr 2020

New GCA paper: Volcanic eruptions triggered repeated marine anoxia and reveal global-scale feedbacks during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction 250 million yeers ago

The largest animal extinction event in recorded history occurred 251 Ma at the Permian-Triassic boundary coinciding with expansive marine anoxia. In a new study, led by postdoc Feifei Zhang, of a greatly expanded dolomite section from the Carnic Alps, Austria, marine anoxia is found to have expanded in two pulses separated by ~100,000 years. Global […]

22 Oct 2019

Forskerzonen: Mystery about animals in ancient anoxic oceans resolved

The newly discovered ocean ventilation events in the 500 million year old Alum shale ocean is described in Danish on Forskerzonen: Videnskab.dk 

12 Sep 2019

Tracking the global dynamics of Earth’s oxygen and biological production in deep time

In an article published online in PNAS Tuesday Sep 10th, we have demonstrated how a combination of metal isotope analyses in marine sedimentary rocks can constrain the global scale feedbacks between atmospheric oxygen, seafloor oxygenation, and marine biological production. The relationship between O2 and animal life turns out to be more entangled than first thought. […]

7 Aug 2019

Tais speaks at Teacher’s conference “Big Bang to Science”

The Niels Bohr Institute invites teachers to a conference called “Big Bang til Naturfag” (Big Bang to Science) to learn more about the history of the universe, our planet and the evolution life.  On Aug 6, 2019 Tais W. Dahl is giving the talk entitled “Det tidligste liv” (The earliest life). Hereafter, Morten Allentoft from […]

25 Jun 2019

Susanne and Tais visit Potsdam Institut für Klima

Invited by Dr. Philipp Porada, Susanne and Tais will be visiting to expand our model understanding on how early plants affected the composition of the atmosphere and oceans. Thursday at 14:00, Tais will give a lecture entitled: “Evidence for the Great Mid-Paleozoic Transition linked to the colonizations of land” at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact […]

8 May 2019
10 Apr 2019

Teaching at the Climate-KIC PhD course in Copenhagen

Geoengineering is one the key climate mitigation strategies, and even though humanity will need to cut down greenhouse hase emissions, several geoengineering mitigation strategies may develop into billion dollar businesses in the coming decades… Tais W. Dahl will be lecturing at this year’s Climate-KIC PhD course in Copenhagen on Friday July 5th.