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Simpson, Carl

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  • I'm Carl Simpson, a paleobiologist at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. I work on the evolution and macroevolution of group living from colonial marine invertebrates, especially bryozoans and corals to multicellularity.


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courses taught

  • GEOL 1020 - Dodos, Dinos, and Deinococcus: The History of a Habitable Planet
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2022
    Examines how the solid, fluid, and living Earth interact, how changes in the oceans, atmosphere and life reflect that interaction over the immensity of geologic time, and how the rock record is analyzed to reconstruct the co-evolution of Earth and life.
  • GEOL 4700 - Special Geological Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Studies in selected geological subjects of special current interest (for undergraduates). May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours within a term.
  • GEOL 5555 - Topics in Macroevolution
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Macroevolution extends beyond the limits of microevolution by including processes that encompass many species, in both recent and fossils organisms. Some of the topics include evolutionary novelty and innovation, developmental evolution, disparity and diversity dynamics, and extinction. We will survey case studies, methods, and the current literature.
  • GEOL 5700 - Geological Topics Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Offers seminar studies in geological subjects of special current interest. Primarily for graduate students, as departmental staff and facilities permit. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours provided that topics vary.
  • MUSM 5011 - Introduction to Museum Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2023
    Provides background in history and literature of museums, their objectives and methods, laboratory exercises in curatorship, exhibition theory, and administration.
  • MUSM 5021 - Selected Museum Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides framework for student projects on varied museum topics (e.g., ethics of collecting, data management, the museum's role in the community). Student projects include case study analysis, interviewing, and original presentations. Topics vary each semester. Department consent required. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.
  • MUSM 6110 - Seminar in Museum Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Offers a weekly seminar for museum and field study students that addresses one new topic each semester relevant to museum operations such as archival administration, museums, multiculturalism, repatriation and others. Department enforced prerequisite: MUSM 5011.
  • MUSM 6950 - Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    A thesis, which may be of a research, expository, critical or creative type, is required of every master's degree candidate under the thesis option. Department enforced prerequisites: MUSM 5011 and MUSM 5051 and one of the following: MUSM 5030 or MUSM 5031 or MUSM 5041.


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