Turkana Basin Institute’s Origins Field School Semester Abroad and Summer Programs in Kenya for 2018

The Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) and Stony Brook University are pleased to announce our 2018 field school programs in Kenya.

All programs start with a visit to the Mpala research center in Laikipia, central Kenya, where students will go on safari drives to see some of the iconic ‘Big Five’ species in a natural savanna ecosystem, and then on to TBI to explore the paleontological and archaeological wealth of the Turkana Basin, renowned for having preserved much of the evidence we have for human evolution. Classes are taught by experts in their fields.

Dates for Spring 2018: January 17 to April 3
Dates for Fall 2018: ~September 5th to ~November 20th
Credits earned: 15 upper-division

Our popular Origins Semester Abroad Field School continues to attract students eager to explore the paleontology, archaeology, and ancient environment of the Lake Turkana Basin, in East Africa’s Rift Valley, made famous by the Leakey family and their colleagues for five decades of groundbreaking research into the origins of humankind.

Our program addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how they came to occupy that place. It offers fifteen upper-division credits in geology, ecology, vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology, human evolution, and archaeology.

Dates for Summer 2018: July 6 to August 18
Credits earned: 9 upper-division

TBI’s Origins Summer Field School program focuses on hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and includes field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin. Participants will work directly with leading scientists and do fieldwork at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3 (the oldest stone tool site in the world).

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Much more information about all of our field education programs can be found on our website: KenyaStudyAbroad.org. Alternatively, you may call 631-632-5800 or email turkanabasin@stonybrook.edu.