This project curated fossil collections to illustrate past environmental events and highlight how they relate to contemporary environmental issues. Specific topics displayed included paleogeography, mass extinctions, and interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. While individual displays focus on various aspects of topics, together the displays focus on how past events can inform current environmental policy. Modern museums aspire to have displays that contain more temporary thematic exhibits, versus permanent features that display collections as reference works. Production of display cases at Scottsdale Community College were therefore curated with the intent of acting as a mix of both permanent and temporary exhibition.
Fossil identification, curation, and research conducted by Amber Petrie and Dylan Salam. Project management by Merry Wilson. Project analysis by Lisa Couty. Lab assistance by Sean Robinson. Personalized tour of the Petrified Forest by Cathy Lash.
Each subsection has further information on specific topics related to each sphere.