Will the Earth define your future?
This project is recruiting majors of all kinds to investigate and document geologic hazards and coastal impacts of hurricanes both locally and globally.
The island of Dominica is unique in that it has nine active volcanoes. The capital, Roseau, and most of the island’s infrastructure are threatened by future volcanic activity. Along with volcanic hazards, Dominica is affected by tropical systems such as Tropical Storm Erika (2015) and Hurricane Maria (2017), which damaged upwards of 98% of all structures on the island and resulted in billions of dollars of damage.
Students will choose (or develop) their own projects that aim at understanding larger Earth systems processes and the interactions between extreme weather events, public policy and economic development, and climate change. In Fall, students will conduct background research on their topic, related sustainability issues, and impacts on people and the environment. They will use their background research to develop a fieldwork collection plan to determine what data need to be collected during the trip to the Caribbean. Following the trip, students will analyze their data and produce final products aimed at sharing their research and experiences with other students. Projects will include field data collection as well as image collection using 360° cameras and drones. Some students will have the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean as part of this course. Students joining the course in Spring 2018 will have the opportunity to join a future trip in Summer/Fall of 2018.
This class is being offered for Fall 2017 through Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and co-taught by Drs. Stephen Moysey and Kelly Lazar. Interested students should register for GEOL 4110, Section 2 and choose between 1-3 credits.
Please contact Dr. Moysey (email@example.com) or Dr. Lazar (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!