SIG Talk “Studying the Past, Defining the Future”

Dr. John D. Orcutt in the department of Geology presented “Studying the Past, Defining the Future: Mammals and Their Environments in the Ice Age and the 21st Century.”  He discussed the issue of how animals will respond to climate change. We can look for answers to this critical question is the fossil record of mammals and their environments from the last Ice Age, but to what degree does this record reflect real ecological change rather than the geology of the rocks and sediments in which the fossils are preserved?