Sustainability at the Interface of Human and Natural Systems
Visit Curacao & Puerto Rico!
This project is recruiting majors of all kinds to investigate and document geologic hazards, sustainability, coastal impacts of hurricanes, and climate change. For the May 2019 program, students will spend twelve days visiting the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Puerto Rico.
Students will choose (or develop) their own projects that aim at understanding larger Earth systems processes and the interactions between extreme weather events, coastal sustainability, public policy and economic development, and climate change. 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 can include field data collection as well as image collection using 360° and 3D cameras, GoPros, and an underwater ROV. Utilization of GIS is encouraged (but not required).
What will you do on the trip?
You can expect to visit important cultural sites, explore beaches and national parks, snorkel beautiful nearshore reefs, and contribute to ongoing coastal science research.
Check out some pictures from our last trip to Curacao (March 2018) and watch the video below made by a student on that trip! Blog posts from this trip and others can be found on our undergraduate research blog, We Probably Should Have Waterproofed That.
Please contact Dr. Kelly Lazar (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
This class is being offered for Summer Mini Semester A (Maymester) through Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and taught by Dr. Kelly Lazar. Interested students should register for GEOL 4110, Section 2 and choose 3 credits.