The study of vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology addresses an important aspect of terrestrial history of life and evolution. Vertebrate fossils, including dinosaurs, mammals and marine reptiles, provide a documentation of changing environmental and genetic factors in speciation and adaptation through geologic time. These are invaluable to better understand the context of changing present-day biodiversity.

The vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology (VPP) program taps into the wealth of scientific experise available from the Canadian Museum of Nature's Earth Sciences section vertebrate paleontological division. The VPP program at Carleton in all its guises (dinosaurs, evolution of humans, and other mammals, etc.) retains a consistently high profile in the public conciousness. Presently Carleton is the only institution in central to eastern Canada and the northeastern United States with direct local access to such a strong teaching/research base in this field. The CMN houses one of the worlds finest collections of research and teaching material for vertebrate paleontology, and has internationally renowned scientists on staff. This program allows Carleton students privileged access to superb teaching and research material and provides a strong academic foundation for students continuing on in graduate research at Carleton or elsewhere. 

The vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology program offers the possibility of a fourth year field course offered for the student to some remote locality that is often inaccessable to the general public. Previous years students have visited the Burgess Shale in British Columbia and The Solnhofen Quarry, Germany.

For more information contact:

Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams
Carleton University

Tel: (613) 520 - 2600 Ext. 1852
Fax: (613) 520 - 5613

Email: claudia [dot] schroderadams [at] carleton [dot] ca

Dr. Hillary Maddin
Carleton University

Tel: (613) 520 - 2600 Ext. 1860
Fax: (613) 520 - 5613

Email: hillary [dot] maddin [at] carleton [dot] ca