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Utilizing the Paleobiology Database to Provide Educational Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Part of Elements of Paleontology

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108717908

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  • Integration of research experiences into the undergraduate classroom can result in increased recruitment, retention, and motivation of science students. 'Big data' science initiatives, such as the Paleobiology Database (PBDB), can provide inexpensive and accessible research opportunities. This Element provides an introduction to what the PBDB is, how to use it, how it can be deployed in introductory and advanced courses, and examples of how it has been used in undergraduate research. The PBDB aims to provide information on all fossil organisms, across the tree of life, around the world, and through all of geologic time. The PBDB Resource Page contains a range of PBDB tutorials and activities for use in physical geology, historical geology, paleontology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy courses. As two-year colleges, universities, and distance-based learning initiatives seek research-based alternatives to traditional lab exercises, the PBDB can provide opportunities for hands-on science activities.

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108717908
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 3 mm
    • weight: 0.07kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. How to use the Paleobiology Database
    3. Educational integration – examples and ideas
    4. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Rowan Lockwood, College of William and Mary, Virginia

    Phoebe A. Cohen, Williams College, Massachusetts

    Mark D. Uhen, George Mason University, Virginia

    Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina

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