Turkana Basin Institute geoBlog

|Turkana Basin Institute geoBlog|

Performing Geologic Autopsies and More

  In the last week, we have been delving deeper into the geology of the Turkana Basin. This included seeking to understand how stratigraphic units (distinct layers of soil piled on top of each other which represent different time periods) are formed and how to interpret individual sedimentary strata’s  in order to reconstruct past environments. [...]

By | 2018-02-20T10:50:44+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Performing Geologic Autopsies and More

Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

Our Geology module with Dr. Craig Feibel and Dr. Robert Raynolds continues at the TBI campus! Dr. Feibel started off the week with an introduction to the different rock “species” found in the Rift Valley. The students have been working hard to memorize more than 20 different types of rock, as well as state it’s [...]

By | 2018-02-13T08:14:52+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

A Journey through Time in Sediments

Photo: Deming Yang The ecology module has ended. The next module, Geology, has started. Dr Craig Feibel and Dr. Bob Raynolds  are the instructors taking the students through the geological history of the Turkana Basin. The students are spending time in the lab learning about rocks. They are also going out into the [...]

By | 2018-02-12T10:13:44+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on A Journey through Time in Sediments

Adjusting to the Heat

Since their arrival at TBI-Ileret, students have continued to expand their understanding of ecological research methods. Here, they have also been introduced to new TAs, the Dassenatch people, and more heat than they were accustomed to at Mpala. They all are adjusting really well to this new environment which is great since this will be [...]

By | 2018-02-05T11:57:06+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Adjusting to the Heat

The Ecology Course Begins at the Mpala Research Center!

The field school students have had a very busy week at the Mpala Research Center.  The center is a hub for scientific research on East African Ecology and stretches over 48,000 acres of land. In this one area we were able to see examples of savanna, woodland, bushland, riverine and rocky escarpment habitats, all full [...]

By | 2018-02-01T09:12:10+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Field Schools, Spring 2018|Comments Off on The Ecology Course Begins at the Mpala Research Center!

Origins Field School Spring 2018 begins!

Welcome to the Origins Field School blog Spring 2018! My name is Deming Yang, Resident Academic Director for the field school. I will be accompanying the students, TA’s and instructors throughout all of the field school modules. As part of the Field School support team, I will do my best to make sure that our [...]

By | 2018-04-30T07:00:14+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Field Schools, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Origins Field School Spring 2018 begins!

Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet fossil DNA has not been found yet in any part of Africa, where it’s destroyed by extreme heat and humidity. In a potential first step at overcoming this hurdle, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and [...]

By | 2017-09-11T12:03:58+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Featured, General|Comments Off on Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution