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Founders Symposium 2007
Inscribed in Stone: Evolution & The Fossil Record
March 3 & 4, 2007

In 2007, the Founders Symposium focus was the fascinating story of evolution on earth as it’s told through fossils and geology--from the first microorganisms to the emergence of life on land to the dinosaurs to modern evolution. The two-day event featured 19 lectures as well as workshops on teaching evolution, geochronology and modern evolution.

2007 Speakers - Saturday

Donald Prothero, Ph.D.
Occidental College
The Evolution of Evolution

Alan Lester, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Discovering Deep Time -- The Evolution of an Idea

Jonathan Marcot, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Museum
Principals of Biotic Evolution: Contributions from Neontology and Paleontology

Scott Hartman
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
Genes and Fossils: The Developmental and Genetic Mechanisms behind Morphology

Jim Platt, Ph.D.
University of Denver
Lighting the Fuse: The Biotic Triggers of the Cambrian Explosion

Ian Miller, Ph.D.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Development and Evolution of Plants

Mike Everhart
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Development and Evolution of Marine Reptiles: the Mosasaurs

Deane Bowers, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Museum and University of Colorado, Boulder
The Evolution of Insect Flight: Insights from the Fossil Record and Elsewhere

Jason Pardo
University of Colorado, Boulder
What Makes Lungfish “Living Fossils"? Assessing Phylogeny, Evolution and Constraint in a Basal Sarcopterygian Group

Mark Marciniak
Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Origin of Snakes: When Snakes Had Legs

Brent Breithaupt, Ph.D.
Geological Museum, University of Wyoming
Tracks, Traces, Bones and Stones: the Fossil Record of Dinosaurs

Jerry Harris, Ph.D.
Dixie State College
Birds are Dinosaurs: Documenting One of the Best Evolutionary Transitions in the Vertebrate Record

Louis Taylor, Ph.D.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
New Developments in Paleontology and Evolution

2007 Speakers - Sunday

Rob Guralnick, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Developments in Metazoan Evolution: How the Other 95% of Diversity Lives

Adam Huttenlocker
California State University
Recent Insights into the Evolution and Development of Mammal-like Reptiles (Amniota: Synapsida)

Tom Williamson, Ph.D.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Mammal Recovery Following the Terminal Cretaceous Mass Extinction

Richard Stucky, Ph.D.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Parallel Evolution of Artiodactyls, Perissodactyls, Primates, Rodents and Other Mammals Across the Early-Middle Eocene Transition and Community Evolution in North America

Bert Covert, Ph.D.
University of Colorado
The Early Primate Adaptive Radiations and Anthropoid Origins

Louis Taylor, Ph.D.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
New Discoveries in Paleontology and Evolution

2007 Workshops

Teaching Evolution
Judy Scotchmoor
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Teaching Evolution

Geochronology: How to Tell Time with a Rock
Beth Simmons, Ph.D.
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Times Fly! The Development of the Geologic Time Scale

Stephen Mojzsis, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Radioactivity and the Age of the Galaxy, Solar System and Earth. How Do We Know?

Shari Kelley, Ph.D.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Laramide Exhumation History and Structural Development of the Front Range Based on Apatite Fission-Track Thermochronology

Charlie Barton, PhD.
Australian National University
Magnetic Dating, Stratigraphy, and Tracing

Shannon Mahan
U.S. Geological Survey
The Geochronology of Luminescence Dating and Some Practical Applications (Let’s date some dirt!)

Emmett Evanoff, Ph.D.
University of Northern Colorado
Putting It All Together, Or How Two Stratigraphic Sequences are Correlated to Determine Geologic History: The White River Formation of Central Wyoming

Modern Evolution
Karen Sears, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Introduction and How Development Has Influenced Morphologic Evolution in Mammals: Evidence from the Lab and the Fossil Record

Allison Beck
Augustana College
Reconstructing Posture in Extinct Synapsids: A Quantitative Approach

Cesar Nufio, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Museum
Global Warming and its Effects on Insects

Jonathan Marcot, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Museum
The Application of Phylogenetic Approaches to the Study of Historical Evolutionary Events and Processes

Bianca Breland
University of Colorado, Boulder
Genes and Junk: Evolution and the Genetic Code

Anjali Goswami, Ph.D.
Natural History Museum, London
Modularity, Ontogeny, and the Morphological Diversity of the Mammalian Skull