Spring 2015

The Lake and a Volcanic Island

On Sunday, the TBI Field School students spent a hot day out on Lake Turkana with a boat ride to Central Island.   Our first stop was to a small fishing village to talk with the locals and to observe life at the lakeshore. Sacred Ibis at the shoreline with a locally made raft in the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:50+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on The Lake and a Volcanic Island

Boat Ride Through the Kerio Delta

Map: The Kerio delta is a one hour drive from the TBI Turkwel facility. We visited the Kerio Delta a few days ago to get a first glimpse of the complex freshwater ecology and dynamics that affect the deltas of Lake Turkana. We were hosted by a group of local fishermen whose boats we used to [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:50+00:00 January 28th, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on Boat Ride Through the Kerio Delta

Introduction from Incoming Origins Field School Director Dr. Jason E. Lewis

Hello! I'm Dr. Jason E. Lewis, incoming Director of the TBI Origins Field School and a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.  I am co-director of the West Turkana Archaeological Project and my research focuses on analyzing fossil animal remains from ancient archaeological sites to reconstruct the evolution, ecology, and behavior of our ancestors [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:50+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on Introduction from Incoming Origins Field School Director Dr. Jason E. Lewis

Goats, Grazing and Seed-pods: learning in Turkana

The Spring 2015 Origins Field School students are now settled in at the Turkana Basin Institute and have been busy with the Ecology Module for the past few days. One of our first lessons has been looking at the vegetation. In this arid region, plants are essential for animals, including livestock, which is what supports [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:50+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on Goats, Grazing and Seed-pods: learning in Turkana

Learning about the African Savannah

The Spring 2015 TBI Origins Field School students have been on four-day trip to Mpala Ranch located on the Laikipia plateau north of Mt Kenya. We have had an amazing safari so far - learning about and encountering many different species of plants and animals, exploring different habitats, climbing small rocky hills, watching birds and [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:50+00:00 January 18th, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on Learning about the African Savannah

Spring 2015 Origins Field School Begins!

The Spring 2015 Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School has begun! Students arrived in Kenya and travelled to Mpala Ranch where we are staying at the Mpala Research Centre. Spring 2015 Origins Field School Students exploring the ecology of the African Savannah! On the way up here we spent some time in Nanyuki, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:51+00:00 January 17th, 2015|Field Schools, Spring 2015|Comments Off on Spring 2015 Origins Field School Begins!