• Jeanette Pirlo posted an update in the group Group logo of GABI-RET 2018 Cohort 6-The North American ConnectionGABI-RET 2018 Cohort 6-The North American Connection 3 years, 4 months ago

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    I am happy to announce our 2018 Cohort 6 GABI-RET participants:

    1. Rachel Aguilar
    2. @isai-baltezar
    3. Maya Campbell-Unsoeld
    4. @matthew-croxton
    5. @dellingson
    6. @alicia-foy
    7. @skillingsworth
    8. @rebecca-mussetter
    9. @denise-porcello
    10. Maureen Riordan
    11. Melissa Schmersahl

    I look forward to having you join us in this adventure and I look forward to reading your short bios!

    To begin the introductory process, please join in on the conversation below and include:

    1. Short bio about yourself
    2. Where and what grade you teach
    3. What you find the most interesting about the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI)
    4. What you’d like to learn about the GABI during this program
    5. A lesson idea you are interested in pursuing

    @bmacfadden@smoran don’t forget to join in on the conversation as well!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    • 1. I graduated from University of Kansas in the fields of human biology and microbiology, and spent the early part of my career in orthopedic surgical sales before becoming a teacher. My amateur connection to paleontology stems back to my childhood, where kids in the neighborhood would play in the creeks behind our houses gathering fossils and interesting geological specimens. Ironically, all but two of us ended up majoring in STEM fields. Today, my family and I enjoy prospecting for fossils here in Florida, and I am so thankful for being asked to partake in this amazing opportunity!
      2. I am in my 5th year as a gifted science teacher at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach, Florida. I teach both 7th and 8th grade.
      3. I second what Jeanette speaks of with the oceanic changes that resulted from the rise of the isthmus. I also find the land invasions both north to south and south to north fascinating by way of what occurs to the native taxa in the area as a result of competition or predation. It would be interesting if fossils could document population changes in species over time once the land bridge had formed. Also what were the driving reasons for success and failure with some of the key species from the north and the south.
      4. It would be neat if we could map out some of the megafauna from the GABI on a geological time map for the relevant time periods, particularly for the strata and outcropping we will be exposed to in Montebrook and New Mexico localities.
      5. I’m excited to have a school colleague as part of Cohort 6 along for the fun this go around. I would really like to build a 6th grade lesson (maybe on taxonomy of GABI species) then build upon that lesson for a 7/8th grade lesson on selective pressures for those species and their ultimate success or demise. Lots of options and ideas…

      • I’m excited to work with you as well! What a great opportunity to build a multi-year lesson plan where students can really strengthen and deepen their knowledge and experiences with the material.

      • Hi Steph,
        Thanks for participating! I’m interested in seeing where this cohort takes you in regards to the lesson you’ll develop. I think a taxonomy lesson would be very interesting! I know that you’ll be successful with having someone to work with at your school!
        Hey @bmacfadden what examples regarding documenting population changes over time through the fossil record? Do you recommend any good papers on this topic?