Topic ID #39019 - posted 12/12/2017 2:19 PM

US- CA La Brea Tar Pits PALEONTOLOGY Field School


The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the only fossil sites on earth that captures an entire ecosystem moving through time. With millions of datable fossils covering the last 50,000 years, and comprising everything from plants and insects to dire wolves and mammoths, this site offers an unparalleled opportunity to answer questions about long-term effects of climate change, human activities, and extinction on ecosystems. Students in this course will be trained in paleontological excavation, fossil preparation, and museum curation, and will learn how paleontological data are being used.

·         Course Dates: June 25-July 20, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $2,940

·         Course Type: Paleontology

·         Instructors: Dr. Emily Lindsey


Students will be responsible for their own accommodations. An online forum will be established in the spring for field school participants to help find and coordinate housing with other students. Students will also be responsible for providing their own food, including lunches. Students should plan to bring a bag lunch to the field site each day (refrigerator and microwave are available in the staff kitchen), or may purchase food at local restaurants, food trucks or the weekly farmers’ market during their lunch hour.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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