Professor: Donna M. Jurdy
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
The death of the dinosaurs as well as theories and evidence for other catastrophic extinctions will be examined. Dinosaur hunters; geological time; the history of life on earth; dinosaur classification and behavior; plate tectonics, periodicities and cosmic occurrences and the search for Nemesis, the "Death Star" will be included in the seminar. The development of research skills and use of the Northwestern Library will be stressed. Also, documentation of sources in writing and academic integrity will be emphasized.
Winner of 2011 Freshman Seminar Writing Award Competition:
Hannah Fisher, Repenomamus Giganticus's Last Adventure: download paper here
Voyager Scavenger Hunt (send email response using connection at bottom of page)
"T Rex and the Crater of Doom", title approx,
What is call #, do we have, what is status? Does Evanston Public Lib. have?
Are the call numbers the same at the two libraries?
2. Locate the text of "Making an Exceptional Impact" in Astronomy magazine
What were the impacts? (Cosmic & terrestrial)
Is this issue available here? Which library has it?
What year did comet Shoemaker-Levy disrupt the surface of Jupiter?
When were the subsequent impact movies?
3. Find the very recent paper published arguing that Jupiter has played an
important role in protecting Earth from cosmic impacts.
4. Find the details of the study on DNA extracted from a TRex bone.
5. Recently the color of a dinosaur was inferred.
Find the publication of this. How was the link with color reasoned out?
Paper #1 Dinosaurs and You ( 1-2 pages, due
Monday, September 29)
Discuss yourself, where you're from, your major, travel,
and your thoughts on college life. Have there been any surprises?
What experiences brought you to this seminar?
Why do you think the 'One Book' was chosen for this year's discussion?
How does it change how you think about farming or Africa?
Field Museum Field Trip (to be planned)
Paper #2, Bone Wars, Cope and Marsh
fossils (3-4 pages,
DRAFT due Wed., Oct. 15th)
Describe the individuals, what they found. .
What has been learned from analysis of the fossils? Was there a winner?
reference citations and a direct quote.
Hand in one periodical article w/paper.
Use 5-6 authoritative sources (3 books, 3 articles minimum). Paper can be revised and handed in
again for grade.
Paper #3, Sauropod Lifestyle (4-5 pages; due
Wed., Oct. 29th)
What can we learn from the fossil record about Sauropods,
how they lived, reproduced, ate, protected themselves. Why were they so successful, long-lived and widespread?
Use several periodicals (either print or on-line), turning at least one in with your paper.
Use books; limit use to authoritative websites.
Use semi-colon at least once.
Final Paper #4 Your Choice of Fiction or Topic
(7-8 pages, due 10AM, Monday, December 8th)
Topics can be anything related to the course: a specific dinosaur type or group, mammal-like reptiles, flying or swimming reptiles, early mammals; the dinosaur collections of one of the world's great dinosaur museums or a location where dinosaurs are found, a dinosaur hunter; the hisory of paleontology or ideas on dinosaurs, theories of evolution; dinosaur lifestyles, warm vs. cold-blooded dinosaurs, parental care, herding behavior; dinosaurs in art, film, making of Jurassic Park series; the K-T event or an earlier extinction, comets, asteroids, diversion of impacters, black matter in the universe; life on other planets, SETI (the search for extra-terrestrial life). Any of these topics could bepresented as a straight research paper or be the theme of a short story.
Please hand in your final paper at my office Locy 206 or in the mailbox just outside or in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Earth & Planetary Sciences Office, Room 309.
2013 Presentation Schedule:
Wed, Nov. 13
Jonah Kaplan - Crocodiles
Rimsha Ganatra - Coelophysis
Maalik DeFreitas - Birds and dinosaurs
Elleana Shepperd - Asteroid, comet diversion
Mon, Nov. 18
Grant Cohen - KT scenario
Annika Hansen- Sea reptiles of Mesozoic
Heather Deng - Color of dinosaurs
David Marin - Prehistoric sharks
Wed, Nov. 20
Leah Downs - Sea predators
Jayme Taylor - Dinosaur lifestyles
Alex Gordon - Trex Sue
Mark Gorogianis - Life at the KT
Mon, Nov. 25
Quinn Baker - Dinosaur cloning
Matt Alviti - TRex: scavenger vs. hunter
Negatwa Tewodros - Life and times of Diplodocus
2011 Presentation Schedule:
Wed, Nov. 9
Jennifer Hare - Permian Extinction
Sara Fadlalla - Brachiosaurs
Jean Chang - Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life
Asim Aziz - Making of Jurassic Park
Mon, Nov. 14
Nick VanHoose - Asteroid Diversion
Tyler Munci - Triassic Extinction
Rameez Jafri - Armored Dinosaurs
Katrina Hurst - Cloning Dinosaurs
Wed, Nov. 16
Mac Mastrangeli - Dinosaur Bird
Rick Gattone - Trex Sue
Leah Bowman - Dinosaurs in 'Terra Nova', tv series
Mon, Nov. 21
Erika Schonher - Late Cretaceous Carnivores
Jacon Lamberth - Jack Horner, Dinosaur Hunter
Sabrina D'Agostino - Raptors
Michael Knudsen - KT Scenario
Wed, 11/23, no class, workshop
on final paper
2010 Presentation Schedule:
Wed, Nov. 10
Will Crandall - Trex
Paul Jorgensen - Stegosaurus
Nolan Adams - Pterosaurs
Ryo Kawashima - Permain Event
Mon, Nov. 15
Vincent Huang - Dinosaur Ancestors
Tommy Yu - Sauropods (Fiction)
Gabby Budzon - Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park
Hannah Fisher - Early mammals
Michael Muzyka - Origin of life
Alex Matelski - KT Event
Adam Sperber - Ceratosaurus (Fiction)
Maddy Schweid - Bird-dinosaur connection
Daniel Han - Velociraptors (Fiction)
Max Reid - Loch Ness monster
Dane Stier - Spinosaurus
Harry Hulsh - Prehistoric sharks
Wed, 11/24, no class, workshop on final paper
Papers due: Mon, Dec. 6th, 10AM, beginning of Exam Week
2009 Presentation Schedule:
Lakshman Mody - Triceratops (Fiction)
Davon Custis - KT Event (Fiction)
Ryan Best - Raptors
Saaquib Baksh - Stegosaurus (Fiction)
Kyle Trimble - TRex (Fiction)
Damien Proby - Permian Extinction
John Fernandez - Maiasaur (Fiction) -
Devlin Brannon - Flying Reptiles (Fiction)
Rebecca Sclater - Raptors (Fiction)
Chloe Kim - Dinosaur Meat
Andrea Kim - Ankylosaurus (Fiction)
Jenny Fang - Protoceratops (Fiction)
Meghan White - Cretaceous Mammals (Fiction)
Chris Rowe - Pachycephalosaurs
Paul Choi - Theories for evolution
Meg Baglien - Sue, legal issues
Pizza Dinner following, compliments of WCAS
2008 Presentation Schedule:
Emily Rockoff - Permian Extinction
Anne Retson - Loch Ness Monster, Pleiseosaur?
Miles Howell - Stegosaurus
Jay Ahn - Evolution in the Future
Ross Zhan - Triceratops
Lester Tsai - Dinosaur Extinction Theories
Richard Noh - Genetic Engineering
Cody Lawrence - Raptors, Social Life
Xiaowen Wang - Origin of Life I
Stacy Vinokur - Raptors & Birds
Parth Sharma - Making of "Jurassic Park"
Jonathon Roullard - Asteroids & Impact
Samantha Wei - Maiaosaurus
Richie Kay - Discovery of Oldest Dinosaurs (Fiction)
Mike Johnson - Liopleurodon
Katherine Bassel - Origin of Life II
Pizza Dinner following, compliments of WCAS
Final Paper: due 10AM on Monday, December 8th, start of Exam Week.
2007 Presentation Schedule:
Alex Sarver - Dinosaurs as Birds
Neil Pancal - Deinonychus
John Kang - KT Survivors
John Shabosky - TRex Sue
Wed, Nov. 15
Britta Helwig - Dinosaurs as Parents
Katherine Warga - Dinosaur Extinction
Anthony Feenick - Comet
John Webber - Polar Dinosaurs
Mon, Nov. 20
Omar Nevarez - Permian Extinction
Monisha Banerjee - Mesozoic Mammals
Katie Halpern - Gigantosaurus
Kosar Bishop - Velociraptor
Nick Sahai - T-Rex (fiction)
pizza dinner following, compliments of WCAS
Final Paper is due Monday, 10AM, December 8th, the beginning of Exam Week.
2006 Presentation Schedule and Topics:
Wed, 11/10 David Sum - Permian Extinction Caroline Barry - History of Ideas on (KT) Extinction
Mon, 11/15 Ani Schmidt - Fiction Michael Kane - Sea Level Changes Peter Bartleson - Dinosaur Metabolism Amy Alvarez - Sue, the Trex (Fiction)
Wed, 11/17 Melissa Solomon - Dinosaur Museum(s) Kristopher Rottmuller - Allosaurus (Fiction) Aileen Kang - ? Monica Boen - Dinosaur Fiction
Mon, 11/22 Aaron Yoon - Crocodiles Eugene Park - Early Mammals (Fiction) Wendy Culp - Climate Change & Volcanism Paul Baumbusch - Trex Fiction **** Pizza Dinner ****
Fri, 12/3 - Tour Field Museum Sue, and behind the scenes of the Life Through Time Exhibit renovation
Mon, 12/6 - Final Paper Due
Previous Years' Presentation Schedule and Topics:
Ravi Patel Extra-terrestrial Life
Seth Chodosh Deinocheiras (fiction)
Nader Tehrani ???
Reed Walker Triceratops (fiction)
Philip Wong Origin of Life
Brook Bulcha Ice Age
Ben Mendelsohn Bird-Dinosaur Link
Jeremy Kross Mammals
Vince Inendino Asteroids
Miki Sawada Dinosaurs in Culture
Adam Gil Polar Dinosaurs
Ki Ryang Hong
Cory Waxman Dinosaur-Bird Controversy
Michael Kozminski Hadrosaur/Lambeosaur Resonance
Tasnim Imran Martian Meteorites
Tim Gaulton Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligance
Matt Uechi Eggs and Nests
Maya Ragavan Robert Bakker
Luke Mennella Children's Dinosaur Story
Christian Larson Dinosaurs in Film
Alfie Tam Loch Ness Monster
Chada Saetie Bone Wars: Cope & Marsh
Samar Rashid Extinction Theories
Tim Lee Post K-T Recovery
Josh Whitcraft Warm vs. Cold Blooded Dinosaurs
Pete Tsambaris Permian Extinction
Michael Liang Crocodile Survival
Amanda Cordova Dark Matter in the Universe
Earlier Presentation Schedule and Topics:
Reuben Subramaniam Tunguska Event
David Johnson T-Rex - Predator or Scavenger
David Lee Dinosaur Extinctions
Sree Uppulari Nemesis, the Death Star
Shaun Warkentin Fiction, Late Triassic
Aravinda Kuntimaddi Dinosaurs and Birds
Nick Collins K-T Scenario
Tess Bittermann Warm vs Cold-Blooded Dinosaurs
Joey Elkins Fiction, Dinosaur Life
Dan Zablotney Asteroid Diversion
Kevin Anderson Adaptions of Herbivores-Predators
Fufei Zhang Dinosaur Cloning, Fiction
Janet Vadaparampil Predatory Dinosaurs
Kate Botler Dinosaurs in Film
Jonathan DeLeon SETI
Alyssa Rosato Permian Extinction
**** Pizza Dinner ****
Earlier Presentation Schedule and Topics:
Chris McCrae T-Rex: Predator or Scavenger?
Molly Keegan Dinosaur Digestion (Children's Story)
Diana Breeding Dinosaur Cloning
Nicole Ouellette Marine Reptiles
Michael Herbert Stegosaurus (Short Story)
Jennifer Edwards Radiometric Dating
Patrick Smith Origin of Life
Janjri Jasami Dinosaurs in Film
Lindsey Claar Dinosaurs & the Great Flood
David Williams SETI
Mark Thatcher Asteroid Diversion
Lee Nakamura Pterosaurs **** Pizza Dinner ****
Previous Year's Presentation Schedule and Topics:
Simone Peart Warm- vs Cold-Blooded Dinosaurs
Marcy Naylor T-Rex - Predator or Scavenger?
Obaid Jaweed T-Rex Discoveries
Glen Lakin Fiction - Impact
Ben Wu Dinosaurs and Religion
Viral Patel Styles of Evolution
Jessica Martin K-T Impact Fiction
Santiago Juarez Dinosaur Fiction
Adam Brown Fiction - Hadrosaurs
Lisa Tegtmeyer Dinosaurs & Children
Tom Strandness NASA & Asteroid Disversion
Shivani Patel Search for Nemesis
Melissa Berger Dinosaurs and Film
Note on Literature Citations
Mount St. Helens, Before and After 1980
Mount St. Helens Today: VolcanoCam
Allosaurus at the Price, Utah Museum