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geobiology of invertebrates lab

research & teaching

My research and teaching are integrated thematically through my Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History of Coral Reefs, and Dinosaurs and Their Relatives courses for undergraduates, and through my Evolution of Ecosystems, Reefs and Global Change, and Evolutionary Paleoecology courses for graduates.

teaching grants & research

I received a grant from IU’s Writing-Teaching Grant Program for incorporating writing exercises in the science classroom.

I published scholarly research with colleagues in two peer-reviewed education journals in which we addressed distinct themes: the first focused on decoding students’ knowledge of geologic time, and the second addressed the theory of STEM learning transfer – a research focus that evolved from data gathered in my Dinosaurs and Their Relatives non-science majors course.

Johnson, C.C., Middendorf, J., Rehrey, G., Dalkilic, M.M., and Cassidy, K. 2014. Geological time, biological events and the learning transfer problem. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 14(4):115-129.

Zhu, C.G. Rehrey, G., Treadwell, B., and Johnson, C.C. 2012. Looking Back to Move Ahead: How Students Learn Deep Geological Time by Predicting Future Environmental Impacts. Journal of College Science Teaching – A peer-reviewed journal published by the National Science Teachers Association. 41(3):61-66.

teaching honors

Participation in the Faculty Learning Program, consultation with advisors from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), and persistent focus on assessment of student learning and adjustment of teaching techniques led to:

  1. Trustees Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences (2014)
  2. Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in the Department of Geological Sciences (2012)
  3. Nomination for the Students Choice Awards from the Student Alumni Association (2009)

courses taught throughout academic career

Undergraduate

  • Coll C105 Beauty: Evolution of Science
  • G114 Dinosaurs and their Relatives
  • G334 Principles of Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs
  • G404 Geobiology and G411 Invertebrate Paleontology
  • G490 Independent Research Geological Sciences
  • L490 Independent Research Biology

Graduate Seminars and Field Excursions

  • G690 Olduvai Gorge Research Seminar
  • G700 Oligocene Reefs
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History and Gulf Coastal Deposits, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Graduate

  • G561 Paleoecology
  • G588 Paleobiogeography
  • G685 Evolution of Ecosystems
  • G600 Practical Geobiology
  • G690 Evolutionary Paleoecology
  • G690 Reefs and Global Change
  • G690 Advanced Techniques
  • G690 Global Climate Change and the Fossil Record
  • G700/G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs
  • G700 Coral Climate Informatics

current undergrad courses

G114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives

The objective of this course is to increase basic knowledge of the diversity of life forms that evolved during billions of years of Earth's history. We will apply geologic and biologic principles and examine fossils in the study of Earth’s history. In particular, we will address the origin of life and the early fossil record, the theory of evolution, approaches of taxonomy, the chemistry of fossils, the ecology of ancient life, and the use of fossils to measure geologic time.

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G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs

The course will address the evolutionary history of reef ecosystems through geologic time inclusive of reef composition and global distribution, modern reef development, conservation and management practices, and the persistence of the reef ecosystem through climate change scenarios. We will cover biologic, ecologic, and geologic principles as they pertain to coral reef ecosystems. We will analyze and synthesize the ecologic and environmental context for long-term biotic associations in the reef ecosystem.

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G411 Invertebrate Paleontology

To increase your basic knowledge of the diversity of life forms that evolved during billions of years of Earth's history. Application of biological principles and use of fossils in the study of Earth’s history; origin of life and the early fossil record; evolution; approaches of taxonomy; chemistry of fossils; ecology of ancient life; use of fossils to measure geologic time. 

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G490
Independent Research Geological Sciences

If you are an undergraduate interested in geobiologic research on invertebrates, please contact me to discuss a research topic.

current graduate courses

G685 Evolution of Ecosystems

Course Description: Advanced analysis of large-scale, cohesive environmental influences on ecosystem development and persistence through the rock record. Emphasis is on paleoecologic grouping at community and higher levels. Analytical methods include synthesis of published numerical, geochemical and sedimentological models.

Course Objectives: Group discussion and open-ended questions will be the norm as we synthesize our knowledge of specific ecosystems through the Phanerozoic. It is anticipated that these discussions will promote ideas for graduate and future research projects.

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G690 Evolutionary Paleoecology

Course Objectives: We will analyze and synthesize the ecologic and environmental context for long-term biotic associations in the fossil record. Although course readings will be divided among topics pertaining to evolution, ecology and paleoecology, the bulk of the semester’s readings will be oriented toward evolutionary paleoecology.

By the semester’s end you will have knowledge of evolutionary paleoecology principles and research methodologies. The semester’s focus will be on developing critical thinking skills to augment your research objectives.

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contact information

dr. claudia c. johnson
department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-0646

email: claudia@indiana.edu

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