This blog was created for two main reasons: Firstly, we want to share our enthusiasm for the studies of past global changes. Secondly, we want to specifically highlight the contributions by early-career researchers within the paleoscience community.

Who are we?
The Early Pages is a product of the PAGES Early-Career Network. The PAGES ECN was created to increase the visibility of early-career researchers in paleosciences, provide them with tools and information, and facilitate international collaborations. It is an official network of the global research project PAGES (Past Global Changes).

Why do we care about past global changes?
“The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”
Knowing the history of Earth’s environmental changes and climate variability is pivotal for understanding whether current observations are within the natural range of variability, as well as for predicting future responses to continued climate and environmental change. Past conditions and changes form the baseline against which current conditions can be measured. Therefore, thorough studies of Earth’s past should be at the base of every decision regarding climate politics, environmental protection, and sustainability.  

What are ‘paleosciences’?
Paleosciences provide a wide range of tools that help us gain deeper insight into Earth’s past geological, physical, and ecological processes. We here include all sciences that deal with reconstructing and modeling past environmental conditions or rely on historical references. Strong collaborations between scientists from different fields of work is required for a comprehensive understanding of past and present changes.

Why do we care about early-career researchers?
Tomorrow’s science will be shaped by today’s early-career researchers (ECRs). For this reason alone, it is important for the scientific community to prevent losing ECRs due to hurdles in their early careers. Maybe even more importantly, ECRs are not only the future, they are also a driving force in today’s science. The scientific output of many departments consists largely of research conducted by postgraduate students and PostDocs.

We want to encourage ECRs to share their findings, experiences, and methods, and make their work visible to a wider community.

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