Extended Learning

Geology Field Program & Research Experience - Summer 2014

St. Lawrence lowlands & adirondack mountains, new york


The State University of New York at Oswego
Department of Earth Sciences

West view of the Snowy Mountain from Chimney Mountains, central Adirondacks NY

 West view of the Snowy Mountain from Chimney Mountains, Central Adirondacks NY

Locations: St. Lawrence Lowlands and Adirondack Mountains, NY

Dates: GEO 481 and GEO 581 - May 20 to June 20, 2014, GEO 486 - June 7 to June 20, 2014

Course and Credits: GEO 481, 6 undergraduate credit hours OR GEO 581, 6 graduate credit hours OR 
GEO 486, 3 undergraduate credit hours

COURSE PREREQUISITES AND APPLICATIONS
The SUNY Oswego Geology Field Program encourages applicants from universities and colleges that have a required field component (field program) in their undergraduate curriculum. Also offered is an option for graduate level students.  All students are expected to have a strong background in geology. This may include completion of Physical Geology plus some upper level geology courses such as: Historical Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentary Geology (Sed.-Strat.), Paleontology, Tectonics, Geomorphology, Geophysics, and Structural Geology.

Application: Email requests for application to Dr. David Valentino, Program Director (david.valentino@oswego.edu).

Note - Medical insurance coverage during the field program is required.

DESCRIPTION AND GEOLOGIC SETTING
The Geology Field Program was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn how to conduct geologic field research under rugged and rustic conditions. The program is centered around research projects, where students participate in original research directed by the program faculty. Many students go on to present the results of these projects at regional geology conferences, field conferences, and journal publications.

The locations for the field program are driven by scientific field problems that need to be addressed. This year, the program will be split between two areas. The first week and a half will be spent in the Thousand Islands - St. Lawrence River region and the remainder of the program will be held in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York State.  During part 1, the group will study the stratigraphy and structure of Cambrian-Ordovician strata exposed in the Tug Hill plateau and Black River valley, in addition to brittle to ductile structures in the lowlands region.  Mesoproterozoic ductile shear zones that occur in plutonic and metasedimentary rocks will be mapped while in the Adirondack Mountains, in addition to the Cenozoic brittle faults that accommodated the uplift of the Adirondack dome.

FACILITIES AND LOGISTICS
Field program students will arrive at SUNY Oswego at 8AM on the first day of the program. Following a brief orientation, the group will depart by van for the Thousand Islands region. Accommodations provided during the field program include large camp tents, portable eating and cooking facilities, and a portable work facility. Occasionally, small backpack camps are established in remote areas in the Adirondack Mountains to complete field work.  The program also utilizes a 16 foot motorboat while working on the many lakes and rivers in the region.


FIELD PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

Jeff Chiarenzelli: Professor of Geology & Chair (St. Lawrence University) Structure, igneous and metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry, mineralogy and tectonics.

Jon Inners: Professional Geologist (Pennsylvania Geological Survey - Retired), Sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, structural geology.

Alec Gates: Professor of Geology, Chair (Rutgers University), Hard-rock structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy and tectonics.

Wil Orndorff: Coordinator and Research Scientist (Virginia Natural Heritage Karst Program): Structure, stratigraphy, hydrogeology, igneous and metamorphic geology and tectonics.

FIELD PROGRAM DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR

 Dave Valentino, Professor of Geology

Dave Valentino: Professor of Geology, Chair & Director of Field Studies (SUNY Oswego): Structure, igneous and metamorphic geology, stratigraphy and tectonics.

TUITION AND FEES
GEO 481 (Geology Field Program) - Undergraduate, In-State, NY resident:
Program Fee ($2175) + Tuition/College Fees for 6 undergraduate credits ($1416.32) = Total Due From Student ($3591.32)

GEO 481 (Geology Field Program) - Undergraduate, Out-of-State resident:
Program Fee ($2175) + Tuition/College Fees for 6 undergraduate credits ($3678.32) = Total Due From Student ($5853.32)

GEO 581 (Geology Field Program) - Graduate, In-State, NY resident:
Program Fee ($2175) + Tuition/College Fees for 6 graduate credits ($2316.32) = Total Due From Student ($4491.32)

GEO 581 (Geology Field Program) - Graduate, Out-of-State resident:
Program Fee ($2175) + Tuition/College Fees for 6 graduate credits ($3888.32) = Total Due From Student ($6063.32)

GEO 486 (Geology Field Techniques) - Undergraduate, In-State NY resident:
Program Fee ($1305) + Tuition/College Fees for 3 undergraduate credits ($712.16) = Total Due From Student ($2017.16)

GEO 486 (Geology Field Techniques) - Undergraduate, Out-of-State resident:
Program Fee ($1305) + Tuition/College Fees for 3 undergraduate credits ($1843.16) = Total Due From Student ($3148.16)

***Tuition/College Fees Are Subject to Change without Prior Notice***

The "Total Due from Student" includes six credit hours from SUNY Oswego, instructional costs, subsistence, lodging, travel, and limited supplies. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Oswego campus.

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For more information contact:
Dave Valentino, Director of Field Studies
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, New York 13126
Department Phone: 315-312-3065
E-Mail: david.valentino@oswego.edu