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|BIOL 328 - PALEONTOLOGY, PALEOECOLOGY & PALEOENVIRONMENTS LECTURE|
This is an interdisciplinary course in which students use paleontology and sedimentology to interpret ancient environments and the ecosystems they supported. Students begin with a brief review ofaspects of geology required for paleontological studies: geologic time, plate tectonics, and sedimentary rocks and their depositional environments. There is also a review of evolutionary
theory and ecological and paleoecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typical fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the processes of fossilization, and how the ecosystems of particular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey of the history
oflife, with case studies in which we examine several important fossiliferous units in both marine and terrestrial settings, and use paleontological (biological) and sedimentological (geological) data to reconstruct the paleoecology and ancient physical environment. The concurrent Lab has sessions that will include fossil identification and analysis and several field visits to sites in New jersey and
Pennsylvania. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology gquirement for the Environmental Science major, and is a core (required) course for the Earth Science minor. lt may also be used as an elective in the Biology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability (Earth Science track] majors and the
Environmental Science minor. It counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. lt is a Writing lntensive course, and has a required lab section.
This course is cross-listed (GEOL 328 / BIOL 328).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course