EOSC 326 - Earth and Life Through Time

Course Description

The fossil record of adaptation and extinction emphasizing the interaction of biological and geological processes. Not for credit in any Earth and Ocean Sciences program but allowable as credit towards the Earth Science component in the general science program.


UBC Calendar

For a full listing of course offerings please see the UBC calendar description

Learning Goals

1. Express how the concept of geological time is an important factor in our  understanding of the evolution of the Earth System.

2. Apply basic geological principles and geoscience knowledge in the interpretation of Earth’s geological and biological history.

3. Describe how the biosphere has adapted to exploit various environments in the Earth's oceans over time.

See also learning goals for non-specialist courses.

Instructors

Classroom version: Stuart Sutherland

Distance Education version: Louise Longridge

Textbook

Face-to-face version: 2013 Levin, H. L. The Earth Through Time (10th edition).

Distance Education: Earth and Life Through Time: Distance Education Version (custom textbook - 2013) Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 9781118622421

Course Content

In-Class Course Web Site: HERE

Distance-Education Course Web Site: On "Connect"

 

Lecture Topics

Note! although overall learning goals between face to face and distance education versions of this course are the same the content for some modules is different)

FACE TO FACE VERSION: 

INTRODUCTION
1. & 2. Welcome to the course / Earth System Science
MODULE 1: GEOLOGICAL AND PALEONTOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES 
3. The Basics of Stratigraphy
4. Facies: Sediments in Time and Space
5. Correlating Rocks: Biostratigraphy and Type Sections
6. The interpretation of fossils
MODULE 2: EARTH ORIGINS AND EARLY LIFE 
7. Formation of Continents / Oceans/ Atmosphere
8. Early LIfe: The Paleontological evidence
9. Snowball Earth: the rise of the Metazoa
10. The Cambrian Explosion
MODULE 3: MASS EXTINCTIONS
11. Extinctions 1: The Mass Extinction Concept
12. Extinctions 2: P-Tr and K-P
MODULE 4: THE VERTEBRATES
13. The origin of the Vertebrates
14. Moving onto land

INTRODUCTION

1. & 2. Welcome to the course / Earth System Science

MODULE 1: GEOLOGICAL AND PALEONTOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES 

3. The Basics of Stratigraphy

4. Facies: Sediments in Time and Space

5. Correlating Rocks: Biostratigraphy and Type Sections

6. The interpretation of fossils

MODULE 2: EARTH ORIGINS AND EARLY LIFE 

7. Formation of Continents / Oceans/ Atmosphere

8. Early LIfe: The Paleontological evidence

9. Snowball Earth: the rise of the Metazoa

10. The Cambrian Explosion

MODULE 3: MASS EXTINCTIONS

11. Extinctions 1: The Mass Extinction Concept

12. Extinctions 2: P-Tr and K-P

MODULE 4: THE VERTEBRATES

13. The origin of the Vertebrates

14. Moving onto land

 

 

Labs

Face-to face version: The labs are intended to give you hands on experience of some of the major fossil groups we are dealing with. You will be assigned to one lab section. There are no lectures scheduled during lab weeks. Labs will be held in EOS-Main.