Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future
The Day the Mesozoic Died
with Sean Carroll, PhD, Tyler Lyson, PhD, Kirk Johnson, PhD, and Andrew Knoll, PhD
2013 Genomics: Cancer and Autism
2012 Earth History/Climate Change
2011 Human Evolution
2010 Infectious Diseases
2006 Stem Cells
2002 Genomics/Chemical Genetics
2001 Sex Determination
2000 Biological Clocks
1999 Infectious Diseases
1998 Cardiovascular Diseases
Lecture 1 – The Deep History of a Living Planet
Lecture 2 – Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics
Lecture 3 – Earth's Climate: Back to the Future
Lecture 4 – Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?
Discussion – Climate Discussion with Students
Discussion – The Day the Mesozoic Died Short Film
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How do you find the K-T layer?
Is the Yucatán crater still visible?
What does the thickness of the K-T layer tell us?
What physical processes make the K-T layer so distinct?
How do you know where to look for significant rock formations?
If birds evolved from dinosaurs, how did they survive the K-T event?
How do rock layers end up pointing vertically?
How did small animals survive the K-T impact?
How long were conditions "really bad" for life?
How did animals like giant tortoises survive?
How did bacteria and fungi survive?
Could humans survive a similar asteroid collision today?
What did birds eat if plants and insects died off?
Were animals in areas far from the impact more likely to survive?
Why have no dinosaurs been found above the K-T layer?
How did ferns survive and how did other plant life come back?
Would it have been better if the asteroid hit the ocean instead?
Would the cooling from reduced sunlight have balanced the warming from greenhouse gases?
Would dying algae have led to chemosynthesis?
Did the rate of evolution change after the impact?
What was the most prominent animal after the K-T event?
How do you become a paleontologist?
How can someone arrange to go fossil hunting?