allen curran

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Smith College

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Activities (2)

In-class PowerPoint Mini-reports part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students research and prepare short reports on paleontologic topics of interest for PowerPoint presentation in class. Develops online, brief literature research, and oral presentation skills while enriching overall content coverage of the class.

Predator-Prey Interactions in Modern Settings part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
A project on predator-prey interactions in modern marine settings, with emphasis on developing student skills in producing and analyzing paleontologic data. Project designed by Prof. Sara Pruss at Smith College.

Course

Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
A study of the major groups of fossil invertebrates including their phylogenetic relationships, paleoecology, and importance for geologic-biostratigraphic problem-solving. Special topics include speciation, functional adaptations, paleoenvironments, consideration of the earliest forms of life, and the record of extinctions. Weekend field trip to New York State.