September 2022 – November 2022

Katherine Hayes

Image shows Kate, a white woman with mid-length blonde hair, wearing a dark blue flannel, smiling and standing in front of a road backed by trees and a mountain slope in the distance

University of Colorado, Denver, United States

September 6, 2022

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How do we practice, develop and support graduate field leadership skills?

Completing a field season successful and safely can be a critical element of completing a graduate degree for many scientists in the natural sciences. Few graduate programs, however, provide explicit training or support for developing the myriad of skills that may be required to lead a field season. We surveyed the natural sciences community, asking some of the following questions: what are “good” field leadership skills? How can we incentivize and support developing strong field leadership skills in graduate students? This talk explores the survey results, and provides suggestions for current graduate students, faculties, programs and scientific societies.

Shannon Hsieh

Shannon is shown in a black t-shirt, pulling a slab of rock containing a scallop fossil out of a drawer in a museum collection.

Jagiellonian University, Poland

September 13, 2022

Burrows and footprints in post-glacial dune sands: a window onto faunal and environmental change in Holocene Europe

Burrows, tracks, and other life traces in the sedimentary record may be easily overlooked, but often provide some of the only evidence of the presence and activities of animals which inhabited or passed through an area. Excavation of Holocene dune deposits, particularly in the eastern part of the European Sand Belt, reveal a variety of examples, including buried terrestrial invertebrate burrows, mammal hoof prints and human footprints. They provide intriguing clues as to how the fauna and landscape of the region was shaped by both natural and anthropogenic forces over the past several millennia.

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