Tweeting about dung…
Students in an introductory course on conservation and biodiversity listened to a podcast discussing the use of dung fungus spores preserved in lake sediments to examine the timing, characteristics, and potential causes of the Late Pleistocene megafauna extinction event in North America. Weekly podcasts are a major part of the course, and this semester I have been experimenting with twitter as a way for students to share comments, links, and thoughts on these podcasts. Last week, while the students were tweeting about the dung-fungus podcast (using the course hashtag: #ees028), Jacquelyn Gill, the scientist interviewed in the feature, jumped into the conversation with the students. What fun!
Here is a link to a Storify that documents some of the conversation: http://storify.com/StatelyTrees/late-pleistocene-extinctions-in-north-america