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The Neotoma Paleoecology Database
A Research Outreach Nexus

Part of Elements of Paleontology

  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • Paleoecological data from the Quaternary Period (2.6 million years ago to present) provides an opportunity for educational outreach for the earth and biological sciences. Paleoecology data repositories serve as technical hubs and focal points within their disciplinary communities and so are uniquely situated to help produce teaching modules and engagement resources. The Neotoma Paleoecology Database provides support to educators from primary schools to graduate students. In collaboration with pedagogical experts, the Neotoma Paleoecology Database team has developed teaching modules and model workflows. Early education is centered on discovery; higher-level educational tools focus on illustrating best practices for technical tasks. Collaborations among pedagogic experts, technical experts and data stewards, centered around data resources such as Neotoma, provide an important role within research communities, and an important service to society, supporting best practices, translating current research advances to interested audiences, and communicating the importance of individual research disciplines.

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108601344
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 5 colour illus. 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Neotoma Paleoecology Database
    3. Neotoma Explorer – data discovery and exploration
    4. More exploration with explorer – additional SERC teaching exercises
    5. Educational modules for climate change, paleoecology, and biogeography
    6. Programmatic access for macro-scale paleoecological research (APIs, Neotoma R, and GitHub)
    7. Flyover Country® – beyond the classroom
    8. Discussion.

  • Authors

    Simon James Goring, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Russell Graham, Pennsylvania State University

    Shane Loeffler, University of Minnesota

    Amy Myrbo, University of Minnesota

    James S. Oliver, Pennsylvania State University

    Carol Ormond, Carleton College, Minnesota

    John W. Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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