Undergraduate Courses

Dinosaurs and their Relatives, G114
Taught every spring semester (2015, 2016, 2017)
Introduction to paleontology and geology from the perspective of the clade Dinosauria. Course includes introduction to the scientific process, morphology, phylogenetics, stratigraphy and geochronology, and Earth history.
[Course Syllabus] [Course materials for Spring 2016 via Canvas]

Paleontology and Geology of Indiana, G308
Taught intermittently (2013, 2015, ???)
Paleontology and geology with a regional focus, emphasizing life, the sedimentary record, changing paleo-environments, and the origin of Indiana's modern landscape, biota, and natural resources. Includes fossil identification and analyses of paleontological data.
[Course Website]

Geobiology, G404
Taught intermittently (2011, 2013, 2015, ???)
Geobiology is the application of biological principals and fossils to the study of earth history. This course covers vertebrate morphology, phylogeny, taxonomy, evolution, biomechanics, biogeography, and paleoenvironments, and stratigraphic history.  Labs focus on practical skills in osteology, functional interpretation, phylogenetic reconstruction, functional morphometrics, scanning, and analysis of data sets.
[Course website]

Regional Geology Field Trip (Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology of Western North America), G420
Taught intermittently (2012, ???)
Because of its geologic history, aridity, and vegetation, western North America has some of the most extensive exposures of terrestrial rocks and fossils from the late Mesozoic and Cenozoic in the world. This trip visits classic vertebrate fossil bearing units in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas, including the Arikaree, Oglallah, and White River Groups of western Nebraska, the Hell Creek area of eastern Montana, and the western interior seaway of Kansas. Focus is on the paleontology and stratigraphy of the Eocene through Miocene intermontane basin deposits near the IU Geologic Field Station in Cardwell, Montana.

Graduate Courses

Geometric Morphometrics, G562
Taught every other spring semester (2012, 2014, 2016)
Practical, applied introduction to geometric morphometric analysis of shape.  Students learn to collect, analyze, and interpret geometric morphometric data.  Shape theory and methods are covered, including Procrustes superimposition and its statistical implications, analysis of curves and outlines, and Monte Carlo modeling of shape. 
[Course Website]

Quantitative Paleontology, G563
Taught every other fall semester (2012, 2014, 2016)
This course introduce students to major areas of quantitative analysis in paleontology and macroevolution. Emphasis will be on learning to analyze diversity through time, to analyze diversity in space, to analyze morphological disparity, to analyze and map morphological traits, and to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships. Special skills include learning Mathematica, bootstrapping and randomization methods, phylogenetic analysis, relational databases and GIS. This is practical a hands-on lecture, lab, and discussion course where you learn to carry out the analyses on a data set of your choice that you assemble throughout the semester.




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