In just two short weeks, the students have learned more about the geology of the Turkana Basin than any of them may have expected. Little did they know that it would prepare them for their future modules, teaching them to be more aware of their surroundings and exactly what type of environment to look for fossils in!
As we reached the end of the module, concepts and ideas were being connected and students were beginning to understand how geology is much more than just studying rocks. They began to see how geology is understanding your surroundings, investigating what environments once existed, and supplying finer details to what actually happened millions of years ago. With that, Professor Martin had guest lecturer Dr. Greg Henkes introduce the students to another important field in geosciences- stable isotopes! Dr. Henkes is a stable isotope geochemist who has been studying paleoclimates, diagenesis of sedimentary rocks and marine biogeochemistry for many years now. After learning how to reconstruct past environments through studying sedimentology, stratigraphy and cores, Dr. Henkes was the perfect guest to show the students that there are different methodologies that can supply them with similar conclusions and further support.