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Field Lab - Stromatolites
Emma Rainforth, Ramapo College of New Jersey
The lab requires students to make detailed observations on an outcrop, both about the fossils (stromatolites) and the lithology. It addresses the two 'content goals' of the course: assessing mode of life ...

Field Lab - Ecosystem and Paleoenvironment analysis
Emma Rainforth, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Students collect from two Devonian field sites. The goal is to determine the depositional environment and whether these are life or death assemblages.

Eocene Exposure Field Trip
Ralph Willoughby, University of South Carolina-Columbia
This field trip visits an exposure near Aiken, South Carolina in Eocene, unconsolidated, clayey quartz sand with abundant trace fossils Ophiomorpha ichnosp. and Ophiomorpha nodosa. Early in the course, this trip ...

Oral Presentation of a Fossil Group
Max Reams, Olivet Nazarene University
Students present a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation on a fossil group of their interest. Illustrations and handouts are required.

Taphonomy Experiment
Karen Koy, Missouri Western State College
This is a semester-long project the students design and run themselves. They come up with an original question relating to taphonomic processes and design an experiment to test their hypotheses. At the end of the ...

Field collection and community analysis project
Karen Koy, Missouri Western State College
The class will take field trips to different fossil localities in Missouri, where students will collect and identify the fossils they find. They will perform a community analysis, using a statistics program. The ...

Reconstructing the depositional environment of a local rock formation
Katrin Monecke, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Each group of students works on a well defined local outcrop and decribes sedimentary units and fossil content. Based on this data they reconstruct the depositional environment, put it into a broader ...

Biostratigraphy of the Crystal Peak Dolomite, Ibex, UT
Benjamin Dattilo, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Students participated in measuring a section and collecting samples for real research. It is part of a flexible field course Prior student experience varies widely in this course.

Dinosaurs of Moab, UT
Benjamin Dattilo, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
This activity was delegated to an expert (Rod Scheetz, BYU) It is part of a flexible field course Student experience varies widely in this course.

How do we recognize and use fossils in outcrop?
Hilary Lackey, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Students find fossil hunting rewarding and fun. However, it is important that field trips to fossil localities go beyond mere hunting ("Is this a fossil?") and lead students to ask "What is the ...