Short Courses

Short Courses

Learn a new topic. Build your skills.

Plan now to take advantage of these cutting-edge courses as part of your GSA 2022 experience.

All times are listed in MDT.

Early registration deadline: 7 Sept. at noon. Early registration is highly recommended to ensure that courses will run. Registration after 7 Sept. will cost an additional US$30 per course.

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Short courses offer continuing education units (CEUs). One CEU equals 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.


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Cost Range

Under $25


Fri., 7 Oct.
Sat., 8 Oct.



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ASC 1. Ecological Models Applied to Fossil Data.
Sat., 8 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. US$0. Limit: 100. In-person. No registration required.

Instructors: Cori Myers, Alycia Stigall, Erin Saupe, Marlon Cobos, Jenny McGuire, Hannah Owens

Endorsed by: The Paleontological Society


This year’s short course will introduce participants to Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM), a technique that combines organismal occurrence data with environmental parameters to quantitatively estimate the environmental niches of taxa. This approach and its derivative methods can be used to test a wide variety of hypotheses about the relationship of Earth-life change through time within the remit of macroevolution, ecology, and biogeography. ENM methods are widely employed for modern taxa and highly applicable to fossil data; however, these methods are presently underutilized in paleontology due to the steep methodological learning curve. Thus, our goal is to reduce the learning curve by providing participants with both the theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand and begin applying these methods to paleontological data. Introduction to the theoretical framework of ENMs and associated methods will support appropriate use of these techniques given the existing biases of fossil and ecological data; practical introductions to data collection, processing, and short tutorials will allow participants to apply ENM methods to real data with instructor support. The morning session will begin with introducing the conceptual framework, data collection, and methodological overview of ENMs and associated techniques. The late morning and afternoon sessions will be more hands-on, with invited speakers leading participants through guided tutorials in key methods using the R programming environment. Participants should bring their laptops.