Spring 2024

A Tale of Hominins & Hippos: Human Evolution at Ileret Campus

Hello! It’s Ruth and Libby here to tell you all about our human evolution module, taught by Dr. Carrie Mongle and Dr. Louise Leakey. We started our week out with some lectures about why we are here in the Turkana Basin to learn about human evolution. East Africa and Kenya specifically have been at [...]

By |2024-04-23T14:31:11+03:00April 18th, 2024|Featured, Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on A Tale of Hominins & Hippos: Human Evolution at Ileret Campus

Buluk 2024: A Paleontological dream meets a Meteorological nightmare!

Hello readers of the TBI Origins Field School blog, providing updates and a recap of this past week are students Maddie, an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, and David, a postgraduate student at Kenyatta University! After a relaxing Sunday at Ileret spent playing football alongside the locals at the nearby village, and some sodas [...]

By |2024-04-23T12:28:54+03:00March 24th, 2024|Featured, Field Schools, General, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on Buluk 2024: A Paleontological dream meets a Meteorological nightmare!

A stormy tale of cladistics and bone identification at Ileret.

This week’s blog comes from Simone and Sedona, and we’ll be talking about our experiences during the first week of the vertebrate paleontology course, which is also the field school’s first week while staying at TBI Ileret on the east side of Lake Turkana! Simone is a recent graduate from Boston University with a [...]

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Field geology at Lothagam and Napudet

In our final week of Geology, Dr. Gathogo took the students out in the field to explore the Miocene and Pliocene sediments in the Turkana Basin. This provided an opportunity for the students to apply their sedimentology skills. An early morning excursion to Lothagam on Tuesday had students practice their geological skills, which [...]

By |2024-02-22T09:08:27+03:00February 22nd, 2024|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on Field geology at Lothagam and Napudet

The Intricate Beauty of Geology

Greetings from the hot and sunny Turkwel, Turkana! It's Mishy and Alisa reporting on our first week of the Geology module with Professor Patrick Gathogo. Let’s go through some highlights and key points: On the first Monday, February 5, we were briefed on safety measures (S, H, E) for keeping safe, hydrated [...]

By |2024-02-19T10:47:32+03:00February 19th, 2024|Featured, Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on The Intricate Beauty of Geology

An ecological shift: from Mpala to Turkana!

Hello all, this entry of the blog comes to you from Edmond and Phoebe, two students at the TBI Origins Field School.   On Monday (the day after we had completed the Great Grevy's Rally) we all flew in two groupsout to TBI Turkwel, Turkana County. Once at the Mpala airstrip, the tiny [...]

By |2024-02-12T22:33:08+03:00February 12th, 2024|Featured, Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on An ecological shift: from Mpala to Turkana!

The Great Grevy’s Rally

The students spent their weekend at Mpala Research Centre taking part in a unique community science research project. The Grevy’s zebra is a distinctive and endangered species of zebra found in Kenya, but its exact population size is unknown. As a threatened species, knowing how many Grevy’s zebra remain, and their distribution and movements [...]

By |2024-02-02T15:37:01+03:00February 2nd, 2024|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on The Great Grevy’s Rally

Ecological adventures at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia County

The first week of the semester kicked off with the ecology module at Mpala Research Centre (MRC) led by Dr Dino Martins, who is one of the world’s leading experts in East African ecology. The plants and animals found across the MRC are highly diverse and give students the opportunity to understand how topography, [...]

By |2024-02-02T15:29:51+03:00February 2nd, 2024|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2024, Sticky|Comments Off on Ecological adventures at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia County
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