Wanek School of Natural Sciences

Christian George

Broadly, my research interests fall into two categories. The first is exploring the relationship between climate and mammalian communities from the last Ice Age until the present. I have investigated this topic through a variety of techniques, and have recently focused on using GIS (geographic information systems) to analyze the spatial distribution of fossils from large digital databases such as FAUNMAP, Paleobiology Database, and NEOTOMA. The second area of research is in undergraduate science education. I just received a NSF grant, “Leveraging “Big Data” to Explore Big Ideas: Utilizing the Paleobiology Database to Provide Hands-On Research Opportunities for Undergraduates” to develop new ways of using databases of fossils in undergraduate classes.


ResearchGate Profile:


George, C. O. 2014. A multi-faceted approach to engage undergraduate students in scientific inquiry using key fossil vertebrate taxa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(3, Supplement):136-137A.

George, C. O. 2013. GIS analysis of the FAUNMAP II database to recognize geographic bias in the identification of fossils. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(3, Supplement):132A.

Jass, C. N., and George, C. O. 2010. An assessment of the contribution of fossil cave deposits to the Quaternary paleontological record. Quaternary International 217:105-116.

George, C. O. and L. Kirby. 2009. “Relative Dating: Using Cross-sections to Order Time” in Laying the Foundation: A Resource and Strategies Guide for Middle Grades Life and Earth Science. Laying the Foundation, Inc. Dallas, TX.

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