Geography, Geology, and the Environment
Geography, Geology, and the Environment

Department Trips and Events

  • Annual Department Field Trip, Rhode Island, Fall 2006: Thirty SRU students and ten faculty attended the department’s annual field trip to Rhode Island, where they camped at Fisherman’s Memorial Campground near Narragansett Bay. The focus of the trip was to investigate the Rhode Island coastline and learn from its history. Day one was spent at Beavertail State Park investigating animals in the rocky intertidal zone. Day two was spent on a unique rock unit, the Narragansett Pier Granite, which used to be miles below Earth’s surface and connected to Africa. On day three, students and faculty walked to Napatree Point, where very home, every car, every reminder of life was washed from this beach during the Great Hurricane of 1938.  The trip was organized by Dr. Julie Snow with the help of Dr. Tamra Schiappa, Dr. Lang Smith, and Dr. Michael Zieg (12 pictures).
  • Greater Yellowstone Field Course, August 13-23, 2006, led by Dr. Langdon Smith and Dr. Tamra Schiappa (39 pictures). This course was designed to give students an opportunity to visit and do fieldwork in another region of the United States, Yellowstone. The course investigated natural resource issues and geology within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Each student chose a topic for individual research during the trip and gave an oral presentation on his or her findings. The course also provided a great opportunity for students to meet with agency researchers and a variety of other participants in the conservation arena.
  • Department Picnic, Fall 2005 (2 pictures)
  • Tamra Schiappa, Jack Livingston, and Julie Snow led the annual department field trip to New York City, Fall 2004. Areas of emphasis include cultural aspects of Little Italy and Chinatown, geology in Central Park, and the measurement of CO emissions in various parts of Manhattan.
  • Annual Department Field Trip, Sudbury, Ontario. 2003.
    Thirty SRU students and seven faculty attended the department’s annual field trip to Sudbury, Ontario, where they camped at Killbear Provincial Park on Georgian Bay. Sudbury is the site of a large meteorite impact event (1.8 billion years ago) that formed some of the richest Ni-Cu deposits in the world. The trip focused on the geology of the present impact crater, an elliptical basin. Dr Michael Stapleton organized the trip. The newest member of the department Dr. Michael Zieg, whose doctoral research focused on the Sudbury impact, led the tour. Three other faculty made presentations: Dr. Jack Livingston focused on the biological and environmental impact of 100 years of mining in the Sudbury area; Dr Robert Mathieu discussed the glacial geomorphology of the area between Slippery Rock and Sudbury; and Dr. Lang Smith discussed the Provincial Park system and the logic behind the design and operation of a public park. Assisting were Dr. James Hathaway and Dr. Tamra Schiappa.
  • Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting at New Orleans Louisiana, March 2003. Jan Smith took a group of six students to the meeting. Jan organized and chaired three geography education sessions and presented a paper in one of those sessions. The six students--Amy Boyer, Erin Heffron, Mike Kotyk, Kate Maynard, Rick Minshull, and Annie Normand--each presented posters. Lang Smith organized a session on America's public lands and presented a paper in that session. Jim Hathaway attended the meeting as well. (30 pictures)

2005 Department of Geography, Geology, & the Environment
Created 17 February 2006 by Matt Batina, updated 08 January 2008 by Jialing Wang.
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