277 Paleontology III - Paleoecology, Geochronology, and Education

Oral Session
General Discipline Sessions
Wednesday, 8 October 2008: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
George R. Brown Convention Center, 330B

G.L. Wingard and Trisha A. Smrecak
8:00 AM
Did Ediacaran fossils live on land?
Gregory J. Retallack, University of Oregon
8:15 AM
Evolutionary, Ecological, and Paleoenvironmental Implications of Acritarchs as Metazoan Resting Stages
Phoebe Cohen, Harvard University; Andrew Knoll, Harvard Univ; Robin Kodner, Harvard University
8:30 AM
Ecological Aspects of a Late Ordovician (Cincinnatian) Epibiofacies Gradient: Understanding the Roles of Colonial Organisms
Trisha A. Smrecak, Paleontological Research Institute; Carlton E. Brett, University of Cincinnati
8:45 AM
Bigger and Deeper: Discordant Size Trends in Epifaunal and Infaunal Jurassic Bivalves
Richard A. Krause Jr, Museum fuer Naturkunde; Martin Aberhan, Museum für Naturkunde; Franz T. Fuersich, Institut fuer Palaeontologie; Wolfgang Kiessling, Museum für Naturkunde
9:00 AM
Spatial Prediction of Paleoenvironments Using GIS
Susan L. Barbour Wood, Western Carolina University; Ronald W. Davis, Western Carolina University; Matthew Kerfonta, Western Carolina University; Gwen M. Daley, Winthrop University
9:15 AM
Latitudinal Variation in Shell Thickness and Drilling Predation on Recent Hemimactra of the Eastern US
Christy C. Visaggi, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Patricia H. Kelley, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Thor A. Hansen, Western Washington Univ
9:30 AM
The Perseverance of Pocket Gophers during Dune Reactivation in the Nebraska Sand Hills: A Study of Late Holocene Gopher Burrows
Rebecca L. Schmeisser, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; David B. Loope, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
Palynological Correlation of Mississippian (Carboniferous) Stage Boundaries In the Midwest USA and Europe
Sarah Heal, Trinity College Dublin; Geoff Clayton, Trinity College Dublin; Cortland Eble, University of Kentucky
10:15 AM
High-Precision 40Ar/39Ar Age Constraints on the Basal Lanqi Formation and Its Implications for Floral Evolution and Paleoenvironment
Su-chin Chang, University of California at Berkeley; Haichun Zhang, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Paul R. Renne, and Berkeley Geochronology Center; Yan Fang, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
10:30 AM
A Western Interior Origin for the Chaparral Shrub Genus Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae) in California?
Andrew G. Simpson, California State University, Chico; Diane M. Erwin
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
Paleoecology as a Tool for Modeling and Ecosystem Management: An Example from the Everglades
G.L. Wingard, USGS; F.E. Marshall, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc; P.A. Pitts, US Fish & Wildlife
11:30 AM
Reconstructing Diet and Trophic Position: Baseline Issues in Stable Isotope Studies
Michelle M. Casey, Yale University; David M. Post, Yale University
11:45 AM
Teaching Paleontology: From the Idiographic to the Nomothetic
Donald R. Prothero, Occidental College