Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Field Exercise in Stratigraphy/Paleoecology part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This field activity for GEOL 320 "Paleobiology" is designed to turn what could have been a "look-and-see" fossil collecting trip into one where genuinely interesting hypotheses/questions are addressed by field data collection and subsequent data analysis. The project involves gathering primary data from fossil assemblages at classic sites in the Calvert Cliffs region of Maryland Miocene strata. Students learn how to pose testable scientific hypotheses and then gather the appropriate data necessary build a more complete understanding of paleoecological associations and interactions in the fossil record.
Creature Features - Showcase of Living Fossils part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity connects the fossil record to biodiversity in the Recent by having students present on a "living fossil" group. The exercise is useful in demonstrating evolutionary stasis, reminding students of the differential preservation of soft and hard parts, and developing presentation skills.
An Exploratory Activity in Marine Diversity Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity introduces students to the Sepkoski database of fossil invertebrates through guided use of online access to the compendium. The activity calls for data analysis and display as well as student response to pattern.
Paleobiology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
An organismal and systems approach to the study of the marine and terrestrial fossil record. The course will focus on diversification and extinction of biotas in the context of the environmental history of Earth. Weekly laboratory and one required weekend field trip.