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2017 Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course

Sponsored by the Paleontological Society
and the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology

Tobacco Root Mountains & Missouri Breaks, Montana
10–23 July 2017

Taught by Mark E. Patzkowsky and Steven M. Holland,
with guest instructors Ray Rogers and Kristi Curry Rogers

Learn how to apply modern stratigraphic principles and quantitative analytical methods to the analysis of the fossil record. We will study the sequence stratigraphic architecture of shallow marine carbonates and shallow marine to terrestrial siliciclastic systems in Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata. You will learn how to measure and describe stratigraphic sections, interpret their sequence stratigraphic history, and correlate sections on sequence stratigraphic principles. You will also learn how to collect paleobiological data and how to interpret it in light of the stratigraphic record. We will be based primarily out of Indiana University’s Judson Mead field station in the Tobacco Root Mountains, where we can use their computing facilities for the multivariate analysis of faunal counts.

This course is open to graduate students who are members of the Paleontological Society and the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology, with an anticipated cost of $550 plus transportation to Montana. The application deadline is 15 March 2017.

For more information, email Mark Patzkowsky at or Steve Holland at