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University Courses

ETE curators are affliated with many of the area universities and occasionally teach courses in those institutions. See below for some examples of past courses.

2011 "Ecology Reading Course" Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (CASHP), George Washington University. Behrensmeyer (fall semester)

2010 "Pleistocene Paleoecology," Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics Program, University of Maryland, College Park. DiMichele, Wing & Lyons (fall semester)

2009 “Evolution and revolution in land ecosystems,” Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics Program, University of Maryland, College Park. DiMichele & Wing

2007 Urbino Summer School for Paleoclimate, University of Urbino, Italy. (Wing - 2 lectures on terrestrial paleoclimate).

2007 “Laramide Basins: paleoclimate and paleoenvironments”, Department of Geology, Colorado College, Fricke & Wing

2007 “The Paleobiology of Plant-Animal Associations". Seminar in Paleobiology, University of Maryland. Labandeira and DiMichele.

2006 “Topics in Palebiology”, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics Program, University of Maryland College Park, E. Hunt & staff including Wing, DiMichele, Labandeira, Behrensmeyer, and Carrano.

2004 “Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems”, Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., University of Pennsylvania, DiMichele & Wing.

2002 “Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems,” Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., University of Pennsylvania. DiMichele & Wing.

2002 “Evolution and revolution in land ecosystems,” Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan. Wing.

2000 “Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems,” Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., University of Pennsylvania. DiMichele & Wing.

1998 “Terrestrial Paleoecology”, University of Pennsylvania, DiMichele

1997 "Orbital forcing of surface processes," Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz. L. C. Sloan and S. L. Wing.

1996 "Plant paleoecology," Geology Department, University of Pennsylvania. DiMichele & Wing.

1994 "Evolution and revolution in land ecosystems," Geology Department, University of Pennsylvania. DiMichele & Wing

1991 "Evolution and revolution in land ecosystems," Geology Department, University of Pennsylvania. DiMichele & Wing.

Guest Lectures

ETE curators will also give guest lectures in courses offered in area university. See below for a list of lectures given by Conrad Labandeira in the University of Maryland Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics Program (BEES) seminar series (BEES 609P).

  • Introduction of history of fossil record of plant-animal associations; functional feeding groups, damage types.
  • Expansion of insect herbivory during Late Carboniferous and Permian: permineralized floras.
  • Insect herbivore response to a major extinction 1: The end-Permian crisis and the expansion of herbivory during the Triassic.
  • Insect herbivore response to the end-Cretaceous extinction.
  • Overview: Majory macroevolutionary patterns and processes in the history of plant-animal associations.

Outreach to Area Schools

ETE curators also visit area schools and present lectures and other activities. A popularly requested activity is "Digging Habitats of the Past" created by Anna K. Behrensmeyer. See here for a slide show of a recent Habitat Day at the Arlington Science Focus School in 2008.

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