|Deming Yang

About Deming Yang

Hello! My name is Deming Yang. I am the Resident Director for the Global Innovation Field School, Summer 2017. I am a PhD candidate in the IDPAS program at Stony Brook University and a TBI graduate fellow. Before joining Stony Brook for graduate school, I worked in Kenya for three years and gained amazing field experience. I have broad interests in early hominin evolution and paleoecology. My research is about dietary evolution in Plio-Pleistocene pig lineages.

Nom nom nom…

Origins Field School students don’t have to worry about what's for dinner, as we are provided with healthy and delicious food every day. But what is on the menu for other animals? How can we use them to infer the diet of their fossil relatives?

By | 2017-03-13T14:03:24+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on Nom nom nom…

Earth’s history unrolled

Where does the world come from is one of the most fascinating questions people have asked for thousands of years. Needless to say, the Earth came a long way before it took the shape that we can recognize today. How do we know about major Earth history events such as splitting up of continents, appearance [...]

By | 2017-03-08T08:21:37+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on Earth’s history unrolled

In search of old bones

In the Geology module of the Origins field school, student learned about the earth’s history and how this history is recorded in the layers of sediment in the Turkana Basin. Now it is time to decipher the enigma of different plants and animals that lived in the history of the Turkana Basin millions of years [...]

By | 2017-03-03T04:54:03+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on In search of old bones

How muddy business turns into discoveries

In our last episode of geologic endeavor, students learned about the two dominating sedimentary systems of the Turkana Basin: the river system and the lake system. They are the integral forces that laid down layers of rocks in the basin, together with important fossils of early mammals and hominins. To understand the differences between the [...]

By | 2017-02-19T01:15:22+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on How muddy business turns into discoveries

Cheetah at Mpala Research Centre

Origins Field School students observe cheetah at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. Studying the wildlife of a modern East African savanna ecosystem provides students an analog for studying the ancient environment of the Lake Turkana Basin, which millions of years ago was much more lush and green than today.

By | 2017-07-14T12:28:35+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Video|Comments Off on Cheetah at Mpala Research Centre

Hippos at Mpala Research Centre

  Students of the Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School observe a Hippo pod at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. Part of the Ecology course of the program, students' experiences at Mpala provide a context for visualizing the ancient landscape of Lake Turakana several million years ago.

By | 2017-01-24T08:27:13+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on Hippos at Mpala Research Centre

Paleolithic butchery and graduation

It is the end of the Archaeology module and our field school students have learned a lot about how stone tools are made. Now it is time to put this knowledge into real use! Stone knapping is not just banging rocks against each other. It takes a lot of practice and experience. The seemingly “simple” [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:38+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Fall 2015, Field Schools|Comments Off on Paleolithic butchery and graduation