Students will explore why and how mass extinctions occurred during the past, helping us better predict how the current mass extinction will proceed.
Understanding why and how mass extinctions occurred during the past will help us to better predict how the current mass extinction will proceed. We use lipid biomarkers to reconstruct ocean surface conditions during past mass extinction events, and to link those surface conditions to changes in biodiversity.
This project will culminate in a written scientific report that may be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It can also culminate in a research poster presentation at a scientific conference.
|Length of commitment||longer than a semester; 6-9 months|
|Start time||Spring, Summer|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project, likely in collaboration with a graduate student|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||Students with strong communication and organization skills, interest in geology, chemistry, and climate change, interest in working in a chemistry lab|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.