Scientists from around the world are arriving at TBI’s Turkwel research facility in northern Kenya for the tenth annual Stony Brook University Human Evolution Workshop, held August 2-6.

TBI's Turkwel research facility, host to the Tenth Stony Brook University Human Evolution Workshop.


The workshop, entitled “Geological History of the Turkana Basin,”  will cover topics such as the plate tectonic setting of the Turkana Basin, relation of the Turkana Depression to the Ethiopian Rift and Kenya Rift, timing of major faulting, sedimentary sequences, dating of volcanic sequences, volcanic rocks & volcanic history, geochemistry of ancient lakes, and the relationship of geology to paleontology.

Scientists attending the workshop are a multidisciplinary group of international scholars with specialized research interests and strong working ties to research in the Turkana Basin. Participants are as follows:

  • Tesfaye Kidane Birke, Munich University
  • Frank Brown, University of Utah
  • Thure Cerling, University of Utah
  • Peter deMenocal, Columbia University
  • Craig Feibel, Rutgers University
  • Patrick Gathogo, Schlumberger/TerraTek
  • Andy Gleadow, University of Melbourne
  • Bereket Haileab, Carleton College
  • Tom Johnson, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Meave Leakey, Stony Brook University/TBI
  • Richard Leakey, Stony Brook University/TBI
  • Christopher Lepre, Columbia University/Rutgers University
  • Naomi Levin, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence Martin, Stony Brook University/TBI
  • Ian McDougall, Australian National University
  • Chris Morley, PTT Exploration and Production
  • Raphael Pik, Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques
  • Troy Rasbury, Stony Brook University
  • Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Manfred Strecker, University of Potsdam
  • Hubert Vonhof, Free University of Amsterdam
  • Ron Watkins, Curtin University

The Stony Brook University Human Evolution Series brings together top scientists and researchers from around the world for annual lectures and panel discussions on the most current issues of the day in the field of human prehistory. Past workshops have been extremely productive for all involved, serving as a forum for disseminating knowledge and ideas, establishing priorities for future research, and  forging new scientific collaborations.