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Tell Me About the Forest (Dead Can Dance)
Robert Gastaldo, Colby College
Most students entering university have some experience with trees growing in a forest ecology. Most student perspectives are that of a northern hemisphere chauvinist. Several other forest structures now exist but ...

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Topic: Paleontology

Paleoecology of the Penn-Dixie Quarry
Lisa Whitenack, Allegheny College
Students work in groups to collect fossils and sediments from the Hamilton Group (Devonian), process their samples, and determine the paleocology and diversity metrics for each formation in the Hamilton Group. ...

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Topic: Paleontology

Fossil Jeopardy
Leigh Fall, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity is an invertebrate fossil review in the format of Jeopardy to provide a fun opportunity for students to prepare for their fossil practical.

Topic: Paleontology

End of course critter exam
Rene Shroat-Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
In order to pass the paleobiology class, students must pass a critter test, which contains 25 different fossils. Students are asked to identify the fossils in as detailed a manner as possible.

Topic: Paleontology

Field Museum Assignment
Hilary Christensen, Bates College
The assignments consists of three essay questions, of which the students were required to complete two of their choice. During a trip to the Field Museum, Chicago, the students were required to use the museum ...

Topic: Paleontology

Trilobite Ontogeny Lab
Samantha Hopkins, University of Oregon
This lab explores ontogenetic differences in trilobites, requiring students to measure and describe differences in the sizes of different morphological features as trilobites age. Students will also reinforce ...

Topic: Paleontology

Fossil Systematic Description Project
Samantha Hopkins, University of Oregon
Students describe an unknown vertebrate fossil (or fossils, if multiple specimens are necessary for identification). This exercise is the culmination of their lab studies in the morphology of the vertebrate ...

Topic: Paleontology

Outcrop Documentation Lab Exercise
Thomas Evans, Western Washington University
Stratigraphy students are tasked with documenting an outcrop (sketches, photographs, and rock descriptions) and providing a three panel display of the results. Students work on the lab in class and receive direct ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Paleontology

Synthetic soup ground trace fossils
Clint Cowan, Carleton College
This is a lab exercise where students make synthetic trace fossils (using fishing lures) that was presented as a scientific study: BIOGENIC SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURES PRODUCED BY WORMS IN SOUPY, SOFT MUDS: OBSERVATIONS ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Paleontology

History of the Gulf of Mexico "Dead" Zone
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Student analysis of the last 1000 years of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone (informally "dead" zone) by using relative abundance of low-oxygen tolerant benthic foraminifera. In this example of ...

Topic: Paleontology

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