Defining the Holocene-“Anthropocene” boundary

Geology is often viewed as the study of the past, of what happened to get the planet to this point. But many geologists are equally interested in the future, using information collected on climatic, tectonic, and biological change to figure out where the planet is headed. Dr. Bob Raynolds, research associate Denver Museum of Nature [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:10+00:00 February 17th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Defining the Holocene-“Anthropocene” boundary

When Lake Turkana busted its banks

The shifting scale of geological inquiry can give you spatial and temporal whiplash. You go from scrutinizing a tiny quartz crystal to trying to sort out the arrival of a massive inland sea or go from contemplating a single layer of ash that took a few minutes to fall to an entire formation that took [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:11+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on When Lake Turkana busted its banks

The Geologist’s Toolkit

Geology is the foundation science. Pun intended. It is the study of how everything we can lay hands on came to be. Geology draws from every investigative discipline – physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology and a lot more ologies – to examine the wheres, whens, and whys of mountains, water, and us. But before a geologist [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:11+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on The Geologist’s Toolkit

What Makes Us Human?

One of the most challenging and interesting questions that has been pondered by scientists through the ages, from Aristotle to Darwin, through to the present day is where, when and how did we, humans, come about? This is a BIG question that perhaps almost everyone has asked at some point in our lives. [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:14+00:00 June 1st, 2012|General|Comments Off on What Makes Us Human?

Dr. Lawrence Martin assumes full-time directorship of TBI

Stony Brook University's Dr. Lawrence Martin has agreed to serve, on a full-time basis, as Director of the Turkana Basin Institute. Martin has been at the heart of TBI activities since its creation in 2005, and has worked closely with Richard Leakey on fundraising, developing a field school, developing a self-sustaining business plan for TBI [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:22+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Featured, General|Comments Off on Dr. Lawrence Martin assumes full-time directorship of TBI

Louise Leakey and Autodesk launch 3D fossils website

Dr. Louise Leakey (TBI, Stony Brook University) and 3D software company Autodesk have teamed up with the National Museums of Kenya to create an ongoing interactive showcase famous fossil discoveries from the Turkana Basin in virtual 3D. Newley launched, enables visitors to explore a virtual "lab" filled with numerous famous fossil finds which can [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:22+00:00 November 30th, 2011|Featured, General|Comments Off on Louise Leakey and Autodesk launch 3D fossils website