Stat 41: Quantitative Paleobiology
Prof. Steve C. Wang
This course will explore current research in paleobiology and macroevolution.
For instance, does evolutionary change generally occur gradually or in short bursts?
What factors make species more likely to go extinct? We will focus on statistical
methods used to answer such questions, rather than theory or proofs. Class meetings
will include lectures, discussion of journal articles, and conversations with
paleontologists via skype. We will also discuss aspects of scientific careers such
as grants, journals, and reviewing.
TENATATIVE LIST OF TOPICS
Evolution and creationism
The tree of life
Large-scale evolutionary trends
Punctuated equilibrium and stasis
Akaike Information Criterion
Ken Miller, Brown Univ.
Casey Dunn, Brown Univ.
Steve Brusatte, Univ. of Edinburgh
Dan McShea, Duke Univ.
Noel Heim, Stanford Univ.
Gene Hunt, Smithsonian Institution
Estimating extinction times
Stratigraphic range extensions
Principal components analysis
Catalina Pimiento, Univ. of Zurich
Alison Boyer, Univ. of Tennessee
Jon Payne, Stanford Univ.
Pincelli Hull, Yale Univ.
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