Quaternary Studies Seminar (3)
A multidisciplinary course focused on specific questions or problems related to the Quaternary time period. Participating faculties have specialties in geology, anthropology, biology, climatology, oceanography, paleontology, and soils.
General processes and paradigms of soil formation. Soil taxonomy, soil chemistry, clay mineralogy, and the importance of biological processes in soil genesis. Interpretation of paleoclimate from the soil record.
Modern Links to Ancient Lives (3)
Using contemporary observations and laboratory and field experiments in a variety of habitats and ecosystems to understand the impact of humans and natural processes on the geological and archaeological record.
Morphology and taphonomy of fossil pollen, especially with reference to Quaternary sediments. Use of pollen analysis to reconstruct paleoenvironments. Emphasis on field sampling, laboratory analyses, and interpretation of results.
Isotopes in the Paleoenvironment (3)
Application of isotope geochemistry to paleoenvironmental studies in hydrology, geology, anthropology, ecology, and paleontology. Emphasis on understanding conceptual basis, limitations, and the potential of isotopic studies.
Holocene Sea Level (3)
Coastal environments and processes and their relationship to the Holocene stratigraphic record; interpretation with respect to global climate change. Use of stratigraphic analyses to reconstruct coastal environments. Emphasis on field sampling, laboratory analyses, and data.