jaydehirniak

|Jayde Hirniak

About Jayde Hirniak

Hi I'm Jayde and I am the TBI Origins field school teaching assistant for Fall 2016. I recently graduated from Rutgers University and am applying to graduate schools to study geoarchaeology. I am mainly interested in reconstructing past environments and its influence on hominin populations.

Fall 2016 Field School ends :(

This past semester has been one to remember. The students learned about the Ecology of the Turkana Basin, being able to identify all the common plant species in the region and understanding how animals foraging on these plants have affected the environment. They learned about the Geology of the Turkana Basin, where each and every [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:29+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Fall 2016 Field School ends :(

Using tools and monkeying around

For the last module of the TBI Origins Field School, Archaeology of the Turkana Basin, we headed to the west side of the lake. On this side, the students will be living at the TBI Turkwel Research Facility which is set up very similar to Ileret. However, we are now not too far from world [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:30+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Using tools and monkeying around

What do the TBI field school students do during their free-time?

During the TBI field school, it is important to take time off from studying and have a bit of leisure time. When the students are constantly working, may it be preparing for an exam or putting together a presentation, it is sometimes hard to stop and take a break. However, we always make sure the students [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:31+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on What do the TBI field school students do during their free-time?

Walking into our past

The students have completed three modules thus far and are now at the beginnings of what many students came to TBI for: Human Evolution. Being home to one of the most extensive collection of fossil hominins, Turkana Basin is the ideal place to learn about human prehistory. Specimens like Paranthropus boisei, Homo rudolfensis, Homo habilis, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:31+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Walking into our past

Sculpting a fossil hunter

This past week in paleontology, the students spent time in lab learning how to identify bones of mammalian species found in the Turkana Basin and understanding differences in functional morphology. This is an important skill set because when we go into the field next week, the students will be able to identify any fossils they find. On Saturday, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:32+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Sculpting a fossil hunter

Timelines and Phylogenetic Fun!!

So far in the TBI field school, the students learned about the Ecology of the Turkana Basin, understanding how wildlife has greatly impacted the landscape, how vectors can spread disease, and how different animals interact. They saw zebra, giraffe, gazelle, elephants, baboons, cheetahs and they even got to pet a rhino! They then transitioned to [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:32+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Timelines and Phylogenetic Fun!!

Traces of Contention

In just two short weeks, the students have learned more about the geology of the Turkana Basin than any of them may have expected. Little did they know that it would prepare them for their future modules, teaching them to be more aware of their surroundings and exactly what type of environment to look for [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:32+00:00 October 9th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Traces of Contention