Wednesday 18 May 2022: Gaian models of regulation
Arwen Nicholson -
4th Floor Physics + remote 14:00-15:00
The Gaia hypothesis proposes that life interacts with our planet to form a self-regulating complex-system that helps maintain habitable conditions on Earth. Since the conception of the Gaian hypothesis in the 70's, numerous models have been developed to understand when and how Gaian regulation might emerge in a life-environment coupled system. In this talk I will give a brief history of this sometimes-contentious hypothesis and present an overview of some of the many Gaian models and what they can tell us about our own planet, and our search for habitable exoplanets.