Geology Field Camp

Explore the ancient landscape of the Lake Turkana Basin

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About the program

Stony Brook University offers a four-week long geology field camp in the Turkana Basin of Kenya. Located in the remote northwestern corner of the country, the Turkana Basin occupies a sag in the East African Rift between the Kenyan and Ethiopian domes. The Cenozoic sediments that have filled this sag contain some of the most important hominid fossils, as well as fossils of the animals that lived alongside them. The lacustrine, fluvial, and alluvial sedimentary layers are intercalated with ashes and basalts which can be dated and provide traceable, basin-wide horizons. Faults with various offsets are found throughout the basin.

During this field camp you will visit renowned fossil localities where stratigraphic sections and mapping projects can be tied into these records. The program will be based at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) facility on the Turkwel River near the town of Lodwar. We will examine modern fluvial and lacustrine processes and relate them to the strata filling this active extensional basin. In addition to mapping and stratigraphic column projects, students will visit locations with igneous rocks, both on the Central Island within Lake Turkana, and within an area where columnar basalts are found in archeological sites.

Program & Tuition Fees

Application fee $60
Administrative fee $200
Undergraduate tuition
NY residents per credit* $295
Non-residents per credit* $1031
Program fee
(Includes housing, three meals per day, group excursions, all in-country transportation and international health insur-ance)

Additional Costs

Academic Excellence Fee, College Fee, Airfare, visa, immunizations, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. Flight information will be released to accepted applicants. Costs are subject to change at any point.

*Tuition rates are based on 2019-2020 rates

Course information

  • GEO 405: Geology Field Camp

This program is offered each summer and courses are taught in English by top scientists in their fields. Students can earn 6 upper-division or graduate credits while study-ing in one of the tectonically most interesting places in the world.

Students should have taken Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Petrology, and Structural Geology. Coursework in Field Methods is highly recommended. Exceptions can be made with permission of the course committee.

For more information please contact

Troy Rasbury

Associate Professor of Geology

Jessica Feliz

International Programs Coordinator