June 8 - July 8, 2016
Earth's biosphere has coevolved with its climatic and environmental conditions at the surface. This course will explore that coupled system in detail, looking at both biological and environmental changes, by focusing on interdisciplinary fieldbased case studies. Using the natural laboratory of UM's Camp Davis, as well as sites in places like Colorado, Utah, and Montana, students will learn techniques and skills needed to interpret the rock and fossil record to reconstruct Earth's deep past. An array of observational and analytical skills will be taught, drawing from, but not limited to, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleobotany, paleozoology, paleoclimate, paleoecology. In addition, students will be presented with opportunities to learn transferable skills in science communication, photography, as well as specialized and general purpose software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop).