At Brandon University I regularly teach all or part of these courses:
15:163 Biodiversity, Functions & Interactions
- plant module, Term 1, 2016, 2017 & 2018; Term 2, 2020
15:273 General ecology
15:467 Fossil plants and palaeonvironments
Cross-listed with Geology (42) and also available as a graduate course (15:667).
This course uses the plant fossil record to document the development of the modern-day North American flora and patterns of vegetation, from the perspectives of the world as it was at the close of the age of the dinosaurs (i.e. when flowering plants first came to prominence) through to the modern day, and the impact of climate change on the continent throughout the Cenozoic. It also covers methods used to reconstruct past environments from plant fossils, including both palynology (spores and pollen) and megafossil palaeobotany.
This course very much is directed at my research area and so I include exemplars from my own research and my research group as well as that of colleagues in the field.
I have in the recent past taught these courses at Brandon University:
15:180 The world of the dinosaurs
Cross-listed with Geology (42). 1st taught Term 2, 2017-2018.
The dinosaurs ruled the world for 150 million years, and yet birds are their only living descendants. We will explore dinosaur origins and evolution, and how they went extinct 66 million years ago. Dinosaurs shared the earth with many other life forms including mammals, and witnessed the rise of the flowering plants. They lived on every continent and in every terrestrial environment, ranging in size from the gigantic sauropods to animals the size of a sparrow. We will explore their anatomy, diversity, paleobiology, and the world they inhabited.