http://www.umpi.maine.edu/~mccartnk/palec07.htm

Things are as they are because they were as they were.

- T. Gold

Race after race resigned their fleeting breath
The rocks alone their curious annals save.

- T. A. Conrad

Syllabis: Ecy 324 (Paleoecology): Spring, 2007:

Lecture: TTh 9:25-10:40, Rock Lab.

Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsum, hours: most MWF 1:00-3:00 and many other times)

office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
email: mccartnk@polaris.umpi.maine.edu

No Text:Course will consist of reading scientific papers and presenting them to class. The following books and others will be useful background.


Grading

2 tests at 40 pnts each = 80 pnts
7 presentations at 20 pnts each = 140 pnts

Presentation will be evaluated by the instructor and by the students

10 pnts By Instructor
10 pnts Average of student evaluations

Failure to attend class without good reason will result in loss of 5 pnts. Final grades will be curved, with high score(s) recieving A grade.


List of Paleoecology readings, 2001
List of Paleoecology readings, 2003
List of Paleoecology readings, 2007
Tentative Schedule (Spring, 2007)
# date title
1 1/17 Introduction to course
2 1/19 What is paleoecology? assignment of first papers
3 1/22 Basic ecologic concepts and terminology
4 1/24 Reading a scientific paper
5 1/26 Fundamentals of biologic taxonomy
6 1/29 Overview of important fossil groups
7 1/31 Speaking before an audience;
Making a useful handout
8 2/3 Functional significance of spines in the Pennsylvanian horshoe crab Euproops danae.
2/2-3 Atlantic Geoscience Society meeting, Moncton, NB
Overview of microrganism groups
Second generation of papers assigned
9 2/5 Parish1: Behavioral assymmetry in trilobites
2/5 Davis1: Orientation of bivalve shells in quiet water
10 2/7 Ouellette1: Punctuated Equilibria in evolution
2/7 discussion
11 2/9 Bernosky1: sexual selection and sauropod necks
2/9 Doucette1: Swimming capabilities of Mesozoic marine reptiles
12 2/12 Landry1: Taphonomy of modern shrimp
13 2/14 McCartney: Overview of marine protists
14 2/16 McCartney: Going to graduate school
15 2/26 Bernoski2: Overview of dinosaur coprolites
2/26 Davis2: Coprolites and ecology, ex. dung beetles
16 2/28 Parish2: Predation scars on brachiopods
2/28 Ouellette2: Predatory asteroids and brachiopods
17 3/2 Landry2: Burrowing sculptures on brachiopods shells
3/2 Doucette2: How do clams burrow?
18 3/5 McCartney: Overview of marine protists
19 3/7 Bernoski3: dinoflagellate spine lengths
3/7 Davis3: Insects
20 3/9 Doucette3: leaf marginations
21 3/12-13 Geological Society of America, Northeast section meeting, at UNH
22 3/14 Landry3: myriapods
23 3/16 Ouellette3: variation in silicoflagellate skeletons
3/16 Parish3: epibionts on scallops
24 3/19 Doucette4: Flume study of crinoid feeding
3/19 Bernosky4: Feeding behavior of crinoids
25 3/21 Landry4: Model of batocrinid anal tube
3/21 Parish4: Crinoid arms and banana plantations
26 3/23 Davis4: Eurypterid telson as rudder
3/23 Oullette4: Roles for holes in sand dollars
27 3/26 Landry5: Baumiller, Boreholes in Devonian blastoids
3/26 Bernosky5: Thomas, Predation on Glycymeris
28 3/28 Doucette5: 2 papers, boring behavior of naticid gastropods.
3/28 Parish5: Lively, predator-induced shell dimorphism of barnacle
29 3/30 Davis5: Seilacher, boring barnacles
3/30 Oullette5: Seilacher, Swimming habits of belemnites
March 31 - April 8 - Spring V A C A T I O N
30 4/9 Parish5: Lively, predator-induced shell dimorphism of barnacle
31 4/11 University Day (no class)
32 4/13 Geological Society of Maine, Spring meeting, at UMF
33 4/16 Davis 6: shell sculpture of ammonoids
4/16 Bernosky 6: Ammonites as cartesian divers
34 4/18 Parish 6: adaptive strategies of coral- reef invertebrates
4/18 Oullette 6: shapes of Paleozoic and modern reefs
35 4/20 Landry 6: ribs in brachiopod shells (Rudwick)
4/20 Doucette 6: shapes of shells (Raup)
36 4/23 Landry 7: concavo-convex brachiopods
37 4/25 Bernosky 7: What to learn from a pile of dino bones (2 papers)
38 4/27 Oullette 7: Radiolarian skeletons and change with time
39 4/30 Parish 7: Interpreting leaf litter
40 5/2 Davis 7: predator/prey arms race
41 5/4 Doucette 7: How did pteranodon fly?


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