Middlebury

ENVS 0166

Jurassic World

Pleistocene Park, Jurassic World: Fossil Stories of Our Future
What can coprolites tell us about climate change? Will mammoths roam Siberia once more? While paleontology might seem like it’s all about the past, the tools that paleontologists employ are directly relevant to our future. Students will explore scientific topics such as the process of fossilization, how to reconstruct the history of life, and why mass extinctions happen. We will also discuss the ethical dimensions of fossil ownership, de-extinction, science communication, and other societal issues. Ultimately, students will leverage the richness of geologic and evolutionary time to develop a new personal context for interpreting our rapidly changing planet. 3 hrs. lect
Subject:
Environmental Studies
Department:
Prog in Environmental Studies
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
SCI

Sections

Fall 2023

ENVS0166A-F23 Lecture

Fall 2022

ENVS0166A-F22 Lecture (Mychajliw)