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The Hobbit: When scientists disagree about the evidence
Nancy Ruggeri, Northwestern University
This activity provides an excellent example of an active debate within the scientific community regarding a relatively recent human fossil find, Homo floresiensis.

Science and Religion
Claudia Khourey-Bowers, Kent State University-Stark Campus
Evolution is a fundamental theory of modern geosciences and life sciences, yet it is one of the most controversial issues within science education. The origins of the controversy have both historical and ...

Creature Features - Showcase of Living Fossils
David Sunderlin, Lafayette College
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 ...

Topographic Maps
Lisa Walsh, University of Maryland-College Park
This geology lab is designed to teach students the basic skills needed to read, construct, and interpret topographic maps. The goal of this lab is to help students build direct connections between the topography ...

Book Review of a Popular Science Book
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Students select a popular science book to read and then write a book review and give a short oral book review to their classmates.

Functional Morphology
Samantha Hopkins, University of Oregon
This is a laboratory exercise has students make inferences about function from skeletal morphology. It uses data collection, quantitative reasoning, and hypothesis testing.

Build a Delta!
Douglas Clark, Western Washington University
This is a 3-part lab that allows new geomorphology students to experience first-hand the scientific method by investigating the processes and results of river-delta formation.

The Heat is On: Understanding Local Climate Change
Dan Zalles, SRI International
Students draw conclusions about the extent to which multiple decades of temperature data about Phoenix suggest that a shift in local climate is taking place as opposed to exhibiting nothing more than natural ...

Mapping a local Dune Field, and estimating paleowind speed and direction
Donald Rodbell, Union College (Lincoln, NE)
We visit the Pinebush dune field in eastern New York State (20 minutes from campus). Students map one large parabolic dune, and collect sample of dune sand. In the lab, students map the dune field from aerial ...

Geomorphic Landscape Analysis Project
Cathy Baker, Arkansas Tech University
Geomorphic Landscape analysis Project is a field-based capstone project in Geol 3044: Geomorphology at Arkansas Tech University and incorporates all aspects of topics covered during the course.


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