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Geology Students and Faculty Conduct Research in Rocky Mountain National Park

Published: 07/09/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Dr. Laura Bilenker and Dr. Brennan M. van Alderwerelt from the Department of Geosciences were co-leaders and instructors for the travelling portion of the capstone course for junior and senior geology majors, Field Camp (GEOL 3650).

This hands-on course is a total of five weeks with the first two weeks in Alabama (led by Dr. Chuck Savrda), and the remaining time at sites in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Students have a chance to use what they have learned through their on-campus education and apply these concepts during field work in this capstone course.

“Students had just completed two geological mapping projects in Colorado and we were about to head to Utah the next day,” explained Dr. Bilenker. “That was the first time many of the students had been above the tree line and everyone was very excited to see the snow!”

The Geosciences Field Camp course, originally developed by Dr. Chuck Savrda and Dr. Mark Steltenpohl, is being transition to Dr. Bilenker and Dr. van Alderwerelt since both of these professors will be retiring.

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