February 07, 2015
How do fossils reveal our planet’s past, present, and future?
An interactive session led by Dr. Peg Yacobucci
Department of Geology, BGSU.
Have you ever wondered about long ago? Fossils can show us what ancient life was like. They also provide evidence for how our planet has changed over time. We will explore how Earth’s environments have changed over the last 100 million years and how organisms responded to those changes. How different was Earth’s climate in the Cretaceous? How long have we been in an Ice Age? What can fossils reveal about possible future climate change? Let’s investigate the fossil record and find out!
Dr. Peg Yacobucci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at Bowling Green State University and the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Paleontological Society. Peg received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Peg has been fascinated by fossils since she first read a book about dinosaurs when she was in kindergarten. Her research focuses on the evolution and extinction of cephalopods, the group that includes modern squid, octopus, and nautilus. Cephalopods have played important roles in ocean ecosystems for 500 million years, and over that time evolved into a wide variety of forms. Peg is working to understand why some cephalopods evolved much faster than others.
February 2015 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits from the Bowling Green State University community.