The Office of International Academic Programs at Stony Brook University has announced that the deadline for applying to TBI’s field school program has been extended to December 15, 2010.
The new TBI Field Education Program will offer students a chance to experience the fossil-rich Turkana Basin.
Students interested in spending their 2011 spring semester studying in the Turkana Basin, one of the most remote and interesting areas in Kenya, still have an opportunity to do so.
This field school is designed for upper-division undergraduates who have an interest in prehistoric sciences and who seek comprehensive field training.
The Turkana Basin region, made famous over the past five decades through the work of Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey, has produced much of the world’s most important fossil evidence for human evolution.
The field school will have five modules and will provide 15 credits of 300-level coursework in Physical Anthropology and Geology. The modules will be: Ancient Environments of the Turkana Basin, which will acquaint students with the habitats of our early ancestors by examining analogous modern ecosystems; Archaeology of the Turkana Basin, which will examine evidence of the last 10,000 years of human life ways around Lake Turkana; Geology of the Turkana Basin, a survey of the sedimentation, stratigraphy, volcanism, and tectonics of the area, which will include training in field methods; Vertebrate Paleontology of the Turkana Basin, which will familiarize students with various methods used to glean information from vertebrate fossils about the appearance, evolution, and causes of extinction of major organisms; and Paleoanthropological Discoveries of the Turkana Basin, which will feature activities such as lectures by senior paleoanthropologists, laboratory exercises using casts of important finds, and field trips to discovery locations.
Field school faculty will include many leading scientists whose research careers center in the Turkana Basin.
More information on the TBI Field Education Program can be found here: