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Field Geology in Michigan
GES 295 MICHIGAN FIELD GEOLOGY
WHAT IS IT? This is an introductory geology course taught outdoors in the field. It is based on the idea that the best introduction to geological materials and processes is to observe them directly in their “natural setting”. One of the best places to do this is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the course is built around a ten day field trip to the UP.
WHO IS IT FOR? This course is designed for students who are either fulfilling their laboratory natural science laboratory requirement or are considering a geology major. Thus it counts as Natural Science I General Education credits and as the first course in a geology major.
WHEN IS IT? Students who enroll in this course will be able to move in to their dormitory rooms on Hope College’s campus in the early afternoon, Tuesday, August 18, 2015. In the late afternoon we will begin our drive to the Upper Peninsula, stopping to camp along the way. We will return to Campus on the evening of Thursday, August 27, 2015 in time for first-year orientation. The class will meet once a week during the first half of the semester after which the course will be finished.
WHERE WILL WE STAY? We will be camping and will spend some nights in primitive camping. However, most evening we will be camping in campgrounds with full facilities including showers. There will be an extra $350 course fee to cover travel, lodging, and food. Pictures of previous geology field trips are available here.
WHO IS THE PROFESSOR?
BRIAN BODENBENDER is an Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Hope College, where he has taught for the past 18 years. He has research interests in paleontology, sedimentology, and environmental science. His projects include the study of fossil echinoderms and dinosaurs, photographic methods for measuring changes in dune environments, and the application of biochar to improve low quality soils.
TA's for this year's trip will be Audrey LaRoche and Randy Wade.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? Send an email to Bodenbender@hope.edu.
A short student made video of the 2013 trip is available on youtube.