Please mark your calendars for the 1st BioGeoPhylo workshop, March 26-28 2025, focusing on the links between climate, tectonics, and the evolution of species in deep time.

The workshop will bring together a small set (30-40) of biologists, geologists, and paleontologists working at the interface of Earth and Life Sciences. The goal of this first edition is to identify where to go next to model/predict the impact of climate and paleogeography on extinction, diversification, and dispersal events, and to incorporate these controls in the calculation of phylogenies. To narrow the focus of this year’s edition, we will favor talks addressing the terrestrial realm (i.e. terrestrial species and continental climate and ecosystems).

The workshop will last 2.5 days (March 26-28, 2025) with an alternation of talks and discussion panels. A roughly equal speech time will be given to experts from different fields of Geology and (paleo-)Biology. We invite speakers to avoid jargon and to be pedagogic, in order to fill the language gap between our different disciplines.

Our schedule will include a discussion focused on the identification of most federative research directions and their adequate national and European funding tools to fund one (or several) international projects on the matter.

The list of attending participants can be found here and will be updated regularly.


The location of the workshop is in Arles, southern France. Arles is 40 minutes by train from Marseille (Marignane) International Airport, 1h30 by train from Lyon (Saint Exupery) International Airport, and is connected by direct trains from Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Montpellier.

Arles is a former Roman city and one of the cultural centers of Provence. Arles is the capital of the Camargue Region. It is the city of Van Gogh, is famous for its Roman amphitheater and baths, its historical pedestrian downtown and yearly photography festival.

The workshop will be held at the Luma Contemporary Art Foundation, a wide a new artistic complex dedicated to contemporary art, designed by Maya Hoffman and Frank Gehry. The workshop will include time for wandering in the art collections and an organized visit.

There are multiple housing options in downtown Arles, for all budgets. The city is small and all sites can be reached by walking.

The Luma Foundation. Credits: https://www.luma.org/en/arles.html
The Roman and Medieval downtown of Arles. Credits: By Chensiyuan, CC BY-SA 4.0

Registration and financial support

To register to the workshop, contact us before February 1st, 2025. The participation to the workshop is free of charge.

The organizing committee offers to cover part or all of the transportation and housing costs for the attendees, depending on the fiduciary situation of each individual and the total amount of requests. To request a full or partial cover of your attendance, contact us before January 1st, 2025.

Sessions, talks & posters

The workshop is divided in successive mini-sessions including one to three talks followed by a Q&A and discussion time. Talk duration is flexible but cannot outlast 25 minutes. We invite speakers to avoid jargon and topics that are too technical (i.e. of limited interested beyond their discipline). We encourage speakers to present syntheses and broad state-of-the-art talks about their discipline and their contribution to it.

Poster presentations are also welcome and can include more technical topics. Do not hesitate to bring one of your old posters to highlight your recent work. The second evening event will occur around the posters.

Note that the workshop is in-person only. We do not plan to offer an hybrid presentation mode.

The list of the mini-sessions is presented below. This list is preliminary and might evolve depending on the attendees.

-Geological constraints on past species distribution.

-Modern biodiversity as a tool to document the geological past.

-Calibrating phylogenies with paleontological data.

-Past ecological niches.

-Reconstructing extinction and diversification rates from the paleontological record.

-Modeling extinctions.

-Climate controls on extinction, diversification, and dispersal rates.

-Integrating climate to phylogenetic trees.

-Modeling the climate: challenges and recent developments.

-Deep Earth impact on paleogeography & Climate.

-Integrative Earth and life models.

Preliminary Schedule

March 26th

6pm: ice-breaker and dinner in town.

March 27th

9am-12pm: welcome talk and two mini sessions.

12-1:30pm: lunch break.

1:30-3:30pm: two mini sessions.

3:30-4:30pm: break / visit of the collections.

4:30-6:30pm: two mini sessions.

6:30-8pm: drinks and posters.

March 28th

9am-12pm: three mini sessions.

12-1:30pm: lunch break.

1:30-3:30pm: two mini sessions.

3:30-4pm: coffee break.

4-5:30pm: wrap-up discussion on future projects.

Organizing Committee and funding

The workshop is organized by Alexis Licht (CEREGE, Aix-Marseille University) with the administrative support of Sylvie de Freitas (CEREGE), the scientific advice of Fabien Condamine (ISEM, Montpellier University) and Thomas Couvreur (DIADE, IRD).

The workshop is supported by the ERC CoG DISPERSAL (Grant number 101043268) focusing on understanding and modeling past dispersal events. It also benefits from the support of the LUMA Foundation, the CEREGE institute (UMR7330) of Aix-Marseille University.