- The Biology of Human Consciousness
- CSI: Seattle
- Dinosaurs, Mass Extinction and the Fossil Record
- Flight and Space Exploration
- Indistinguishable from Magic: New Technologies, Science Fiction, and Us
- Introduction to Image Processing and Python
- Neurobiology of Perception
- Numbers and Reasons
- Opposites Attract: Creative Thinking in the Sciences and Art
- Secret Codes and Online Security
- Sensory Worlds and Behavior of Animals
- Sustainable Energy Solutions for the 21st Century: Science, Technology, and Policy
- This is Your Brain on Drugs - Literally
- What Animals Can Teach Us About Human Behavior
DINOSAURS, MASS EXTINCTION AND THE FOSSIL RECORDIn this course we will examine the reality of evolutionary change by an intensive examination of the fossil record. The class will begin with a three day camping/collection trip to Sucia Island, Washington State. We will camp and collect the fabulous Late Cretaceous deposits there and bring these back to the University of Washington.
What the Course Covers
While our class will have lectures for its first hour each day, there will be one and one-half hours per day in cleaning and identifying the fossils, and using them to test various evolutionary hypotheses. The class will require students to write intensively, every day, as well as learn skills in fossil description, photography, scientific hypothesis testing, and group work - each student will be part of a four person team. Other skills to be learned will be image analysis, three dimensional printing, museum science (curation), evolutionary tree building, and photography.
Who Should Attend?
Students who want a basic understanding of stratigraphy, evolution, and taxonomy.
This course can be used toward completion of the Natural World (NW) requirement.
Meets: T W Th F, 9:30 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Peter D. Ward
Course Number: GEN ST 162
Course Status: Open