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Supervisor's Name: Hans Larsson
Supervisor's Email: hans.ce.larsson [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's department: Redpath Museum
Course number: REDM 396 (Redpath Museum)
Term: Fall 2013-2014
Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Project title: Paleosols of the Late Cretaceous
Project description (50-100 words suggested): The latest Maastrichtian (66Ma) Frenchman Formation of southern Saskatchewan records the K-Pg boundary and is one of the best places in Canada to study interactions between pre-extinction paleoenvironmentals and paleobiodiversity dynamics. In this project, the student will analyse paleosol samples collected from the formation and use pedogenic features to assign them into pedotypes following the classifications of Mack et al., 1993. The student will then prepare the samples for geochemical analysis then use the data to approximate temperature and precipitation shortly before the K-Pg boundary and mass extinction event. These estimates will then be compared to results obtained from the same region using other proxies such as fossil leaf characteristics.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Report: 50%; Laboratory: 50%
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.