Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
My paleontological research focuses on the evolution, extinction, and paleobiogeography of Late Cretaceous cephalopods, especially ammonoids. I use phylogenetic, morphometric, and geospatial techniques to better understand the mechanisms underlying ammonoids' high evolutionary volatility.
My geoscience education research focuses on how to make geoscience more engaging, accessible, and inclusive for students at all levels by developing learner-centered activities that promote deep understanding. I co-convened the 2009 Cutting Edge Workshop "Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century" and have written about active learning strategies in undergraduate paleontology courses.
For more information, see my institutional webpage: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/earth-environment-and-society.html
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Evolution in Your "Pet" Group part of Paleontology:Activities
This writing exercise asks students to use library resources to locate a peer-reviewed journal article that describes research on the evolution of their individual "pet" taxonomic group. After reading the ...
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"It's Alive!" Fossil Activity part of Paleontology:Activities
This activity is the first lab exercise students do. Each student selects a fossil, describes and sketches it, and then must write out a "proof" that this object represents a once-living animal, rather ...
Niche Partitioning in Silurian Tabulate Corals part of Paleontology:Activities
In this group lab activity, students read a journal article, and then duplicate the article's measurements on a Silurian tabulate coral head. Students must evaluate their data in light of the journal ...
Paleontology part of Paleontology:Courses
Covers general principles of paleontology; selected key events in the history of life on Earth; major groups of fossil invertebrate animals. A weekly two-hour lab, two Saturday field trips, and an independent ...