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WILLIAM GEARTY, PhD Candidate in Paleobiology




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a PhD candidate studying Paleobiology in the Department of Geological Sciences at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences.
I am interested in extinction, the body size of organisms, and really cheesy science movies.



Past Classes

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M5749: Understanding Big Data: Data Analysis Through Programming in Splash Spring 2017
When most people think about computer science and programming, they think about websites and video games. However, in the age of Big Data, programming has become a vital tool for researchers (such as myself) that need to analyze lots of data. In this class, I will introduce R, an open source programming language for statistical computing and graphics. We'll start at the basics (2 + 2 = 4), and by the end you should be able to analyze any dataset and visualize your results with pretty graphs.


L5906: Research at Stanford in Splash Spring 2017
Come hear about the types of research you can do in college from current Stanford students! There will be information and a question and answer session with students who do research across the sciences and humanities.


L5225: Research at Stanford in Splash Fall 2016
Come hear about the types of research you can do in college from current Stanford students! There will be information and a question and answer session with students who do research across the sciences and humanities.


B4752: The Biology of Hollywood in Splash Spring 2016
What would life really be like if you were shrunk down to the size of an ant or even smaller? Did dinosaurs really look and behave as they are portrayed in Jurassic Park? Would King Kong really have been able to stand up, let alone climb the Empire State Building? Could you really be mutated into a superhero over night? These questions and more will be discussed.


B4452: The Biology of Hollywood in Splash Fall 2015
What would life really be like if you were shrunk down to the size of an ant or even smaller? Did dinosaurs really look and behave as they are portrayed in Jurassic Park? Would King Kong really have been able to stand up, let alone climb the Empire State Building? Could you really be mutated into a superhero over night? These questions and more will be discussed.


B4137: What is a mass extinction? in Splash Spring 2015
Ever wonder what really happened to the all of the dinosaurs? What caused them to go extinct? What happened afterwards? Mass extinctions have occurred numerous times in Earth's history. We will learn about the "Big Five" extinctions, exploring their causes, effects, and repercussions. To wrap up, we will apply what we have learned about past extinctions to the modern day and determine if we are now in the sixth mass extinction. Are WE the cause? What will be the effects and repercussions? Will we survive to find out?


B4366: Biology (or Lack Thereof) in Hollywood in Splash Spring 2015
What would life really be like if you were shrunk down to the size of an ant or even smaller? Did dinosaurs really look and behave as they are portrayed in Jurassic Park? Would King Kong really have been able to stand up, let alone climb the Empire State Building? These questions and more will be answered.