We've made the decision to cancel the Marine Geology and Geophysics field course for 2020. Our primary concern is student safety and health, and we are now aware that it is quite likely some degree of social distancing practices will still be required into May. Considering our interactions during the field course of being at sea together in close quarters on two different ships, sharing a rental house with 20+ people, and lots of cases of shared equipment use from cores, to grain size equipment, to computers, to microscopes, we cannot come up with a realistic and safe way to conduct the course with even moderate (e.g. 6 ft distance) social distancing measures in place.
The JSG has not made final decisions about other late spring/summer JSG activities yet, but will notify donors/sponsors/alums/friends as more decisions are made.
We'll see you next year - keep you posted! Thanks for your continued support!
Best to you and yours,
Marcy, Dan, Steffen, Sean, John, and Chris
We've reached nearly $11,500! Thanks so much for your support!
We've got 2 weeks left in the campaign. This week, we're hoping to reach $14,000. Please share our project and tell your friends and family why you support us. Encourage others to consider the Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course in their end of year giving plans.
This week, we're sharing Eric's story. After the army, Eric became an undergraduate in the Jackson School. He's now a graduate student in the Jackson School studying Martian hydrology. He told us why the field course was such a transformative experience. Please share Eric's story and help us reach our stretch goal of $20,000!
Thanks again for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!
With your help we have reached our $10,000 goal in only 5 days! We have decided to focus on raising an additional $10,000 for a total of $20,000. Any additional funds we raise will go directly to our 2020 class vessel charter. THANK YOU for your amazing support!
In honor of Veterans Day, we're sharing a video of Patty Standring, one of several veterans we've had in the course. Patty worked in the US Air Force for ten years before joining the Jackson School as an undergrad. She took the Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course in 2018, where one of her favorite things was working with a diverse group of students with very different backgrounds. Patty believes taking the course helped set her on a new academic trajectory and she has since been on two other research cruises in the same area and using the same techniques she learned on the course. Please share Patty's story with your friends and family and help us reach our stretch goal of $20,000!
Marcy Davis and Sean Gulick
Thanks to all our generous donors for supporting the Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course! After only 48 hours we are nearing our 50% benchmark for our goal of $10,000! Your contribution is helping us get closer to the 2020 Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course. Watch the video below to see what you're helping us do!
Please reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues to help us raise the funds we still need!
Thanks again for your support!
Marcy Davis and Sean Gulick
To date, 24% of our alumni have gone on to successful careers in the energy, environmental, geotechnical, coastal restoration/management, and policy fields. Another 11% work in government labs and 9% have pursued careers in academia.
During a week in the field, we average 62 kilometers each of multibeam and seismic data collection. This is also close to the number of pounds of hamburgers we have made Tuesday nights in the field over the last 12 years!
We have had 164 students complete the class. While most are from the United States, we have had students from eighteen other countries as well. Students report that the variety in their peers' cultural and experiential backgrounds greatly enriches the course.
Not only our area code, this is the average number of miles we put on our vehicles in one field course hauling, equipment, the small boat, and people to the Gulf Coast.
During Hurricane Harvey, the lowest pressures recorded were 937 mbar. The course performed surveys before and after the hurricane that helped inform scientists about Texas’ coastal processes during and following major storms.
Help us extend the class through 2020 and into the future!
It costs approximately $10,000/day to charter the research vessel that is the centerpiece of the course. Students learn multichannel seismic, chirp, and coring techniques while on the large vessel.