ERTH 1009 V - The Earth System Through Time

Not suitable for distance learning, mandatory on-campus component.

Origin and co-evolution of Earth and life over its 4.56 billion year history. Connections between plate tectonics, rock formation, climate and global change. Early marine life, colonization of land, mass extinctions, and the use of fossils for interpreting past ecosystems.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Precludes additional credit for GEOL 1008 (no longer offered), ERTH 1011.
Prerequisite(s): This course is for students who are enrolled in the Faculty of Science.

In this course, we will explore the components of the Earth system - the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere - and their mutual interactions. We will also look at the evolution of the Earth as seen through the lens of the geological record, from Archean to Anthropocene, including the evolution of life. Finally, we will look at the future of the Earth system and the perspective from other planets.

CRN for section V: 12275

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 12276

See Carleton Central for mandatory on-campus laboratory sections.

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays, 11:35am to 2:25pm, 103 SC

Instructor: Hillary Maddin

About the instructor: Hillary Maddin’s research aims to understand the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity over large time scales. In particular, Hillary is interested in the evolution of cranial morphology and how patterns of relatedness, and developmental and functional constraints underlie the origin of morphological diversity observed among animals living today.

The focus of Hillary’s Banting research will be to investigate the influence of brain morphology on the cranial form of tetrapod animals. Whereas the developmental aspects of brain-cranium interactions are areas of intense study in mammals (e.g., the mouse), largely due to medical interests, evolutionary aspects of these interactions remain less well understood. By combining analyses of the fossil record and lab-based analyses of development, the nature of these interactions and their role in cranial evolution will be elucidated in a complementary tetrapod lineage, the amphibians.

This research will provide new information about the conservation of brain-cranium interactions across tetrapod animals, and has the potential to provide insight into processes of genetic and morphogenetic evolution of the tetrapod cranium in general.

Hillary obtained her PhD from the University of Calgary, and recently completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

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