Geology & Geophysics
Texas A & M University
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.
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.
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