Paleonet: Teaching: making paleo relevant

Michael Hesemann michael at
Mon Feb 4 10:53:36 UTC 2013

I do not teach but give talks/workshops on foraminifera. To illustrate 
change over time I use drillcore material or layered sediment-samples of 
places close to the place of the talk/workshop. I show the general idea 
of sedimentation and thus recording environmental changes in the fossil 
record. If there is time and some binoculars available I spread 
different washed samples from the material to the group. The 
participants thus get a vivid impression on change over time and 
adaption in numbers and distribution of foraminiferal species. The share 
of planktonic forams may be directly correlated with depth. Best are 
sediments which cross a marked stratigraphical border.

In case of interest we may prepare (for free) such a set of foram 
samples, but would need the raw material for it :)   We hold layered 
sediment samples e.g. from Miocene Calvert Cliffs MD.

Michael Hesemann Project
Hamburg, Germany

Am 03.02.2013 21:14, schrieb diane.brent.ashcraft:

> Thomas Hegna <thegna at> wrote:
> All,
>   To those of you who teach classes like Historical Geology, History 
> of the Earth, and Paleontology: how do you make connections between 
> events in the past (both in terms of mechanism and scale) and those we 
> see today? I feel like thus far in my teaching I have kept these 
> connections too general (sea-level rise, climate change, etc.) and not 
> tied it down with meaningful specifics. How do others approach this?
> Best,
> Tom

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