About Dr. Dino Martins

Hello! I'm Dino Martins, an entomologist interested in how insects keep the planet running, the biology of vectors and more broadly in the evolution of life and our role in a sustainable world. I teach for the Turkana Basin Field School and serve as the Academic Field Director and am a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.

The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

The twelfth annual Stony Brook Human Evolution Workshop was held at the Turkana Basin Institute’s (TBI) Turkwel research facility, between August 5-9th, 2014. The workshop was organized to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication by Louis Leakey, Phillip Tobias and John Napier of the paper that established Homo habilis as a taxon (Leakey, L. S. [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:53+03:00August 9th, 2014|Featured|Comments Off on The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

Vertebrate Paleontology Field Trip

The Spring 2014 Field School Vertebrate Paleontology module began this week with Prof. Mikael Fortelius who travelled to Turkana from Finland. Students are being introduced to the diversity and evolution of vertebrates in the Turkana Basin as well as the basic methods involved in searching for, documenting and collecting fossils in the field. This morning [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:55+03:00February 19th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Vertebrate Paleontology Field Trip

Turkana moths make a DNA debut!

The Turkana ecosystem is home to a wide range of species, including many different kinds of insects. One of the challenges of understanding biodiversity is the fact that many species have not yet been classified, and are in general poorly known or studied. This is true for most of the remote, tropical areas of the [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:56+03:00February 7th, 2014|General|Comments Off on Turkana moths make a DNA debut!

Spring 2014 Field School Begins!

The Spring 2014 Turkana Basin Institute Field School has begun! TBI Spring 2014 Field School Students! We started our journey of discovery at Lake Elementeita in the Great Rift Valley where we took an evening walk along the lakeshore. We got to see how incredibly high the lakes are - as lots of [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:57+03:00January 20th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Spring 2014 Field School Begins!

Solar Eclipse at TBI!

We are watching a total solar eclipse at TBI right now - here are a couple of photos... more soon Students watching the TOTAL solar eclipse The eclipse begins!

By |2017-01-04T18:05:03+03:00November 3rd, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Solar Eclipse at TBI!

Field School Visits 3 Ancient Fossil Sites

Today the Field School students spent the day in the field looking for fossils in three different sites: Lothodok, the edge of the Kalodir deposits and Maurorot. All these sites are north of TBI and represent different slices of time that have been preserved in the fossil record. Prof Boyer explains the importance of [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:05+03:00October 14th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Field School Visits 3 Ancient Fossil Sites

Fossil Hunting in the Napedet Hills

The Field School students visited different deposits in the Napedet Hills south of TBI this morning to look for fossils. This was to introduce the students to fieldwork and how fossils are located in the field, then how they get documented. We started at a Pleistocene Site The first fossil discovery of the [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:05+03:00October 9th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Fossil Hunting in the Napedet Hills

Palaeontology Module Begins!

The Turkana Basin Field School proceeds apace. Today the palaeontology module began with Prof Doug Boyer of Duke University who arrived at TBI yesterday. Prof Doug Boyer of Duke University   One of the first exercises was putting the earth's history and timeline into perspective. It all started with a bang a [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:05+03:00October 7th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Palaeontology Module Begins!
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