THIS IS WHAT WE STUDY: A SAMPLING OF PROJECTS AND OUTREACH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Skeleton study sheds new light on how snakes evolved
From the IU Newsroom: Research by paleontologists at Indiana University and the University of Nebraska sheds new light on how snakes evolved their elongated, legless bodies.
P. David Polly of Indiana University and Jason Head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln examined regional differences in the shapes of individual vertebral bones in snakes, lizards, alligators and mice. Snakes are different from these other amniote groups in that they lack forelimbs, shoulder girdles and sternal skeletons. Snake vertebrae were assumed to have become less regionalized when the limbs were lost. IU Newsroom article and the Nature article
Curiosity Rover On Mars
IU on Mars: David Bish and Juergen Schieber article on Inside IU Bloomington
NASA: Latest News from Mars
Finding life beyond Earth: JPL | NASA | NOVA
Faculty links: David Bish | Juergen Schieber | CheMin PPT
News and Events
Geoclub offers departmental tutoring sessions Geoclub is now offering departmental tutoring sessions. The sessions are held every Monday from 6-8pm in room G245.
Bill SB114 to designate a new State Fossil for Indiana: Elegantocrinus hemisphaericus.
A bill has been introduced in the Indiana legislature to designate a state fossil for Indiana, the elegant sea lily. This crinoid was first described from the famous Mississippian-aged Borden Group crinoid beds at Crawfordsville, Indiana.
The bill is SB114, which is introduced by the bipartisan pair of Mark Stoops (our senator) and Philip Boots (Crawfordville’s senator). More information
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Research Focus Sites
OIINK Seismic Research Experiment
Shale Research Lab
Organic Matter from the Santa Barbara Basin
Southern Caribbean Plate Boundary Studies
Exploring Deep-Subsurface Life Podcasts
South Aegean Volcanic Arc Database
Professional Societies, Student Chapters
- GRADUATE STUDENTS |
- Gary Pavlis, Director of Graduate Studies.
- Kaj Johnson, Director of Graduate Admissions.
- Graduate Student 2014-2015 Handbook and Forms
- Travel Request Forms
- Sigma Gamma Epsilon
- Society of Economic Geologists–IU Student Chapter
- IU Geophysical Society
- UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS |
- Jim Brophy, Director of Undergraduate Studies,
- Kathy Davis Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
- Undergraduate classes in geological sciences. Most of these courses fulfill the Natural and Mathematical Sciences requirements.
- Spring 2015 Geosciences Schedule of Classes
- January 26: Shuhai Xiao, Virginia Tech. Title: In the Wave of a Cryogenian glaciation and on the Eve of the Cambrian Explosion: Biological Evolution in the Ediacaran Period
4:00 p.m. GY143. Refreshments served at 3:30 in the Geology lobby. more
- Colloquium Schedule