Dinosaurs and their Relatives (EAS-E 114)
Introduction to paleontology and geology from the perspective of the clade Dinosauria. Introduction to the scientific process, morphology, phylogenetics, stratigraphy and geochronology, and Earth history.
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Paleontology and Geology of Indiana (EAS-E 308)
This course focuses on the geological and evolutionary processes that have shaped our planet and life on it over the last 550 million years, the long, fossil-rich period known as the Phanerozoic, using Indiana as the focus.
Vertebrate Paleontology (E412 / E512)
This course introduces the biological and geological principles of studying vertebrate evolution in the context of Earth history, including morphology, phylogeny, taxonomy, evolution, biomechanics, biogeography, paleoenvironments, and stratigraphic history.
Geometric Morphometrics (EAS-E 562)
This course is a practical, applied introduction to geometric morphometrics. 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.
Quantitative Paleontology (EAS-E 563)
Quantitative Paleontology is the practical application of quantitative analysis to paleontology, including the analysis of diversity through time, analysis of diversity in space, analysis of morphological disparity, and reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships. Skills include Monte Carlo statistical tests, analysis of large data sets, use of relational SQL databases, and the application of finite element analysis to paleontological problems.