1 unit(s) This seminar course uses selected readings from the scientific literature to cover the major extinction events in Earth’s history. The introduction to the course focuses on a brief overview of geologic time, fossilization, key fossil groups, and diversity estimates. Special emphasis is placed on the modern extinction event in the last quarter of the semester. Each week students are required to read 1-2 papers, answer provided questions, and participate in group discussions. A required final project is a short oral presentation on an organism currently facing extinction.