Understanding the Geology of the Turkana Basin

Turkana Basin geology has been well studied and documented. Understanding the sedimentation processes and geochronology of the region is crucial in reconstructing paleoenvironments and putting data in context. Dr. Craig Feibel and Dr. Bob Raynolds, instructors for the Geology module, introduced students to the stratigraphy of the Ileret region, including the rich Pliocene and Pleistocene [...]

By |2020-02-10T10:45:13+03:00February 10th, 2020|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2020|Comments Off on Understanding the Geology of the Turkana Basin

Ecology and climate change

  Our last week at Mpala was an eventful one. Students learned about the various effects of human-wildlife interaction, pastoralism, and the effects of climate change on the ecosystem.  On Monday, Sandy Oduor, a researcher working with Mpala Elephant Project, accompanied students into the field to study the elephants. The immense droughts in recent years, [...]

By |2020-02-03T11:12:46+03:00February 1st, 2020|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2020|Comments Off on Ecology and climate change

The Great Grevy’s Rally

The impact of climate change has been detrimental to the world's biodiversity. Many animals are endangered or facing extinction. In the East Africa Savannah, poaching, drought, and habitat loss are all factors affecting wildlife. Increased human populations have also led to habitat loss, livestock-wildlife competition, and as such, Grevy's zebra are now an endangered species. [...]

By |2020-02-18T10:01:11+03:00January 29th, 2020|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2020|Comments Off on The Great Grevy’s Rally

Studying Vegetation ecology at Mpala

  The first week of the semester kicked off with the ecology module at Mpala Research Center (MRC). The biomes at the center are diverse and provide the students with a good “living laboratory” to understand the ecosystem of the region. MRC boasts great wildlife such as elephants and hippos, the endangered Grevy’s zebra, common [...]

By |2020-01-28T09:35:02+03:00January 26th, 2020|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2020|Comments Off on Studying Vegetation ecology at Mpala

2020 Origins Field School begins

Happy new year! I hope you all had peaceful holidays. The Spring 2020 field school is off to a great start. The students arrived on the 15th of January and we spent the first three nights at the amazing Wildebeest Eco camp. The ambience is always so peaceful and the best part, a pool to [...]

By |2020-10-05T19:57:37+03:00January 21st, 2020|Origins Field School, Spring 2020|Comments Off on 2020 Origins Field School begins

Congratulations to the Fall Field School Graduates!

Students have been busy in their last week of the Archaeology module that marked the end of the fall semester. They have learned a lot in class about making stone tools, and with the phonolite and rhyolite they collected while camping at Nariokotome, it was time to practice making tools. The exercise was not a [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:36:26+03:00November 17th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Congratulations to the Fall Field School Graduates!

TBI Field School Weekends

Our field school weekends are often filled with fun activities. Students have had the opportunity to explore different places in Turkana county such as Eliye Springs, where they were able to swim in the lake and enjoy the cool breeze at the beach. The cool beach at Eliye. Photo credit: Wambui Mbogo.   [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:19:29+03:00November 13th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on TBI Field School Weekends

A trip to Nariokotome

Hominin's earliest technologies and development are represented in the archaeological record through assemblages of artifacts and other material remains. The oldest of the East African stone tool industries lies in the Early Stone Age which includes the Lomekwian, Oldowan and Acheulean. These industries are classified in relation to style in production and use. Our first [...]

By |2019-11-14T08:28:30+03:00November 10th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on A trip to Nariokotome
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