During the Spring 2006 semester, the UHNAI funded a graduate student field trip to the late Precambrian rocks and fossils around Death Valley. The participants were part of a scientific writing seminar offered by Profs. Eric Gaidos and Steven Stanley of the UH Department of Geology and Geophysics. The objective of the seminar was to give students experience in the analysis and writing of scientific literature by participating in the writing of a review paper on an interdisciplinary topic. The 2006 topic was “The Emergence of Animal Life”.