2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
Paper No. 192-16
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

FossilPlot 2.0: A NEW ONLINE DATABASE DESIGNED FOR TEACHING PALEONTOLOGY CONTENT TO UNDERGRADUATES

TAPANILA, Leif1, QU, Hongjie2, THOMASON, Carrie3, and AMES, Daniel P.2, (1) Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209-8072, tapaleif@isu.edu, (2) Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University, 995 University Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, (3) Geosciences, Idaho State University, 921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8072, Pocatello, ID 83209-8072

FossilPlot 2.0 is an internet-based program that aims to enhance active and quantitative learning of the fossil record at the undergraduate level. Founded on the Sepkoski Database, the program gives educators and their students the ability to compile any combination of 36,339 marine animal genera to create graphs illustrating faunal diversity and their geologic ranges over the Phanerozoic. Building on pre-existing software developed for MS-Excel (FossilPlot 1.1), the new application allows students to generate diversity, origination, and extinction graphs for any group of animals over a wide range of stratigraphic resolutions. It also allows students to graph the stratigraphic ranges of genera, examine the diversity of all marine genera during specific time intervals, and create their own Sepkoski Curves of evolutionary faunas. The software is ideally suited for all levels of paleontology courses, historical geology and introductory geology courses.

2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 192--Booth# 374
From Virtual Globes to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in Geoscience Research, Education, and Outreach (Posters)
Oregon Convention Center: Hall A
9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 501

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