http://www.umpi.maine.edu/~mccartnk/palec09.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, 2009:

Lecture: MWF 11:00-12:15, 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: kevin.mccartney@umpi.edu

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

Also, see this link (also on Kevin's web page)
Neat Paleontology Websites


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
List of Paleoecology readings, 2009
Tentative Schedule (Spring, 2009)
# date title
1 1/21 Introduction to course
2 1/23 What is paleoecology? assignment of first papers
3 1/21 Reading a scientific paper
4 1/23 Basic ecologic concepts and terminology
5 1/26 Fundamentals of biologic taxonomy
6 1/28 Overview of important fossil groups
7 1/30 Speaking before an audience;
Making a useful handout
8 2/2 Functional significance of spines in the Pennsylvanian horshoe crab Euproops danae.
2/4 Overview of microrganism groups
Second generation of papers assigned
9 2/9 Baldwin1: trilobite behavioural asymmetry
10 2/11 Twitchell1: taphonomy turtle carcasses
11 2/13 Community service as a professional responsibility
February 16 - 23 V A C A T I O N
12 2/23 snow, class cancelled
13 2/25 Clark1: larval dispersal and geographic distribution
14 2/27 Prokey1: Epibionts on Chlamys
15 3/2 MHitchock1: dinosaur cooperative pack hunting
Jones1: Supersonic sauropods?
16 3/4 Ambrutis1: forest as reflected in leaf litter
AHitchcock1: taphonomy of shrimp
17 3/9 Bretzke1: Lingula burrowing
18 3/11 Baldwin2: Boreholes in Devonian blastoids
Twtchell2: Pterogotid telson as rudder
20 3/13 Ambrutis2: Spines and settling of dinoflagellates
21 3/16 Clark2: Coprolites
Jones2: Cope's Law in dinosaurs
22 3/18 AHitchcock2: Ecology of Ichthyosaurs
Bretzke2: leaf marginations
23 3/20 MHitchcock2: predator-induced dimorphism in barnacles
Prokey2: dinosaur forelimbs (2 papers)
March 21 - 29 S P R I N G B R E A K
Geological Society of America,
Northeast section meeting, at UNH
18 3/30 Baldwin3: optimatal morphologies for silicoflagellates
19 4/1 Clark3: Flume study of crinoids
Jones3: Math study of gastropod shell shapes
4/3 Geological Society of Maine, Spring meeting, at Colby College
22 4/6 Twitchell3: Drilling predation of gastropod Turritella
Prokey3: Evolution of Natica predator-prey system
23 4/8 University Day (no class)
24 4/10 Ambrutis3: Brachiopod zig-zag commissures
25 4/13 Mid term writing essay
4/15 Jones4: Crinoids
Twitchell4: Holes in sand dollars
27 4/17 Baldwin4: Predatory asteroids
28 4/20 Prokey4: Limbs in whales
29 4/22 Clark4: Tyrannosaurus rex a scavenger?
30 4/24 Baldwin5: Why are some foraminifera large?
31 4/27 Jones4: Predation and survival among inadunate crinoids
32 4/29 Twitchell5: Arca shell shape
Bretszke4: Orientation of clam shells??
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33 5/1 Shannon3: Crinoids and banana plantations
33 Prokey5: Nautilus and water depth
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34 5/4 Clark5: Trilobite predators and prey
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35 5/6 Jones 5: Ammonites as Cartesian divers
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36 5/8 Ambrutis 4: zig zag commisures of brachiopods: Ammonites as cartesian divers?
Bretzske: ??
Kevin: final quesitons
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