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Chin, Karen Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Chin's research investigates the structure and dynamics of ancient ecosystems--particularly those of the Mesozoic Era (the time period from around 66 to 250 million years ago). She is interested in how ancient communities of organisms differed from modern ecosystems in composition and organization. Much of her work focuses on tapping information available in mineralized coprolites (fossil feces), but she also examines other trace and body fossils. Dr. Chin studies these fossils to shed light on interactions among ancient organisms, and to decipher the environmental conditions in which the organisms lived and were fossilized. She uses a multidisciplinary approach by examining geological, biological, morphological and chemical characteristics of fossils, and compares the fossil evidence with modern ecosystems to derive paleoecological interpretations.

keywords

  • paleoecology and paleobiology, taphonomy, trace fossils

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOL 4862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • MUSM 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • MUSM 6950 Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies (Spring 2019)
  • ARTH 5929 Special Topics in Art History (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 4849 Indepedent Study-Paleontology (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 5849 Independent Study-Paleontology (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • MUSM 5051 Museum Collections Management (Fall 2018)
  • MUSM 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • MUSM 6950 Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 4862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)
  • MUSM 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • MUSM 6950 Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies (Spring 2018)

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