The Quaternary Research Center fosters interdisciplinary environmental research at the University of Washington through strategic investments in seed grants, expeditions, seminars and workshops, and through publication of the journal, Quaternary Research.
QRC-supported research focuses on the Quaternary geologic period -- the last 2½ million years of Earth history -- a time encompassing massive and abrupt changes of climate, sea level, global biota, and ice extent, as well the evolution of humans and the advent of civilization. We study processes that drive environmental changes in order to understand how the Earth sustains humanity, and to prepare for future environmental changes.
This year's American Quaternary Association 23rd Biennial Meeting will be on August 7-10th. For more information on the agenda and abstract submissions, please see site: https://depts.washington.edu/amqua14/.
AMQUA is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, the last 2 million years of Earth history. The Quaternary Period is significant because the Ice Age environmental changes associated with the growth and decay of continental glaciers were the backdrop for global changes in floral and faunal communities, including extinction of diverse megafauna, and for the evolution of modern humans and their dispersal throughout the world.