ERTH 2401 T - Dinosaurs

ERTH 2401 T A general introduction to dinosaurs, their place in evolution, their social behaviour, the Mesozoic landscape and extinction theories.

In this course, you will learn to identify the major events in the evolution of life on Earth and relate large-scale changes in Earth's history to plate movements and Earth's paleoenvironmental changes. Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be able to explain the importance of fossils for paleoenvironmental interpretations as well as the position of dinosaurs in the evolutionary history of life and their development throughout the Mesozoic Era. You'll also be able to distinguish dinosaurs according to characters of fossil remains and analyze dinosaur intraspecific and interspecific behaviour through time.

CRN for section T: 32377

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 32378

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:05pm to 2:25pm, 103 SC

Instructor: Claudia Schroder-Adams

Claudia Schroder-Adams

About the instructor: My research focuses on micropaleontology with a special emphasis on foraminifera as paleoenvironmental proxies in basin analysis. My career started with research on modern deep water marine environments and then gradually moved back into deep time. My expertise lies in Mesozoic basins of Western and Arctic Canada and the Canadian West Coast. Much of my work focuses on the Cretaceous Period and its paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. I am interested in Oceanic Anoxic Events and how catastrophic paleoecological conditions influenced faunal communities. Carbon isotope studies are performed in collaboration with the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Germany. Studies of modern marine ecosystems have taken me to the eastern margin of Australia where I study estuaries to deep water settings of Quaternary age. In connection with the University of Newcastle (NSW) I have had the opportunity to work with multibeam seismic data, which led to a fascinating study of sediment and faunal transport processes offshore Fraser Island, Queensland.

I am presently conducting a multi-year geological investigation assessing a number of sedimentary basins in both the Eastern and Western Arctic regions to produce a Cretaceous pan-Arctic, multi-fossil, biostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic framework to improve our understanding of large-scale paleogeographic and paleoecological reconstructions. My work is field and laboratory based and my field areas take my team to spectacular and remote areas. This work is funded by NSERC with the Geological Survey of Canada's GEM Program and ConocoPhillips as supporting partners.

I have completed a three year term on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant Selection Committee and I served as Chair of Carleton's Earth Sciences Department from 2003-06. My passion for teaching field-based courses has brought my students as far as the Antarctic Peninsula. I am also active in several science outreach programs. My strong collaboration with researchers at the Canadian Museum of Nature has fostered Carleton's Program in Vertebrate Paleontology, which attracts undergraduate and graduate students alike.

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