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The Beginning of Our Origins

The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived, the human evolution module.  For the module, Dr. Matthew Borths from the University of Ohio joins us to tell the story of our own evolutionary origins.  Dr. Borths studies changes in African ecosystems, particularly as they relate to ape evolution, throughout the Miocene.  He was [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on The Beginning of Our Origins

The Power of Paleontology

As paleontology neared the end, students were able to demonstrate what they learned throughout the course by designing research experiments. These projects focused on a wide array of paleontological methods and topics including excavation, tooth wear, and how an animal's chewing rate correlates with its body size. The students worked quite hard on these projects [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|General, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on The Power of Paleontology

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”

To put their geology skills to the test, students set out to make a geological map of area 1, which is near our home in Ileret.  This map not only included essential features such as a key, a compass showing where north is, and a scale, but also important geological features including tuffs, ancient river [...]

By | February 24th, 2017|Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”

A Window Into The Rocks

Our first module came to an end, which unfortunately meant it was time to say goodbye to Dino and his adorable field assistant Barabara.  Ecology has set the stage for the rest of the Origins Field School, especially our next adventure, geology.  Geological processes that have formed our current ecology have not changed throughout time. Thus [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on A Window Into The Rocks

Our New Home, Ileret.

We are now in Ileret, which is on the east side of Lake Turkana. We will be here for 7 weeks of the field school! Map of Lake Turkana. Ileret is on the northeastern side of the lake. Student dorms at TBI Ileret. Photo credit Deming Yang. TA Laura pretending [...]

By | February 5th, 2017|Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Our New Home, Ileret.

Cheetahs and Rhinos and Dogs, Oh My!

During our last few days at Mpala, the students were immersed in the unique wild life and vegetation of Laikipia. Professor Dino Martins, director of Mpala, brought the students into the field to teach them about different forms of between species interactions. One example of this type of interaction is mutualism; where each species receives [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Cheetahs and Rhinos and Dogs, Oh My!

Students take the field for ecology

After a few days of getting settled into their routine at Mpala research center, the students were ready to begin their first module: Ecology.  For an introduction into dry land plants, Kenyan Botanist, Kimani, took the students around the research compound to look at the local plant life. Kimani showing the students different types [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Students take the field for ecology