Geology & Geophysics
Texas A & M University
Theoretical Morphology â Modeling the Growth of Clonal Organisms part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students use a Matlab/Octave program to model the growth of stromatoporoid sponges in a variety of different sedimentary conditions and exploring how assumptions about their growth affect their morphology. Main strength: this exercise demonstrates unfulfilled alternatives to real specimens, thereby providing a basis of interpreting what we actually see in the rock record.
Random Walks, Evolutionary Trends, and Branching Models of Diversification part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students are exposed to the concept of random walk and how stochastic processes can be applied to constrain interpretation of diversity trends through geologic time.
Paleobiology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Principles of paleobiology; study of organisms important in the marine fossil record; application of paleontology to geologic problems