Paleonet: Field Paleontology Training
mmyacob at bgnet.bgsu.edu
Wed May 9 14:23:38 GMT 2007
Hello everyone! I co-teach our department's summer Field Geology course, and
I'm currently working to develop a short (perhaps 1/2 day)
paleontology-focused field project. We have access to some excellent
exposures of Pennsylvanian sponge-algal buildups within the Hermosa Group
around Molas Lake in southwest Colorado (an area that many Field Geology
This effort has got me thinking about the whole concept of field-based
paleontology, and how to best train students to conduct field projects
(focusing particularly on marine invertebrate paleontology). I'd appreciate
any reactions PaleoNet subscribers have to the following questions:
(1) What are the key practical skills that students should learn and
develop to effectively conduct a field study in paleontology?
(2) What are the key paleontological concepts or knowledge that students
can learn most effectively in a field setting?
(3) What skills and knowledge does a field-based paleo project provide to a
NON-paleontology student, e.g., a student interested in sedimentary geology,
structural geology, or hydrogeology?
(4) So many students view paleontology as a lab-based science - fossils in
neat, labeled boxes to be studied in isolation. Is field paleontology
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you'd like to share!
Dr. Margaret (Peg) M. Yacobucci
Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Bowling Green State University
Department of Geology
190 Overman Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Email: mmyacob at bgsu.edu
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