Celebrate Learning! Spring 2011 (Volume 2, Issue 1)

Celebrate Learning! Office of Academic Affairs Spring 2011 Undergraduate Research Experiences in ConservaInside this issue: Undergraduate tion Biology 1 Research Experiences in By Patty Smith Since 2007, seventeen under- Conservation Volume 2, Issue 1 birds, and 7 mammals). Recent dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) of post and chinquapin oaks suggests many of these trees are over 100 years old and one chinquapin oak is over 200 years old. Also, seven plant fossils of ancient tree ferns collected graduate research students investi- Teaching Hope Choosing Shoes that 4 Fit Toward a Better Shore: Achieving the Dream at TCC 6 A Word from the 10 Rick Lupia, Curator of Paleobotany at Cross Timbers located on West Cam- the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of pus. This research is funded through Natural History. The tree fern fronds, several Faculty Innovation Grants Pecopteris, are approximately 305 million years old from the Pennsylva- Professor of Biology. The Cross Tim- nian (Upper Carboniferous) sedimentary rock layers. tions or documentations of the fol- Future Cross Timbers research 10 lowing: 240 plants, 7 plant fossils, 60 includes the long-term survey of bio- fungi, 36 invertebrates, and 29 ver- State Regents Program/Discipline gated the biodiversity of the ancient bers biosurvey includes field collec- 2 and identified are confirmed by Dr. received by Patty B. Smith, Assistant Biology diversity ─ plants, animals, and fungi; tebrates (2 amphibians, 4 reptiles, 16 further documentation of vertebrates Goals for Student Learning Effectiveness—Thanks! Pecopteris, tree fern frond, from Pennsylvanian (~ 305 mya)