Curriculum and Faculty

Pre-requisite courses

We expect you to have completed courses in Historical Geology, Structural Geology, and at least one of the following courses: Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, or Petrology (including a sedimentary rock component).

Learning Objectives

Our curriculum is designed to help students learn field techniques in a wide range of geologic settings. It is the student’s responsibility to make the most of their learning through hard work, study time and seeking help from faculty and instructors. A description of our curriculum and a link to our course schedule are below.

  • Week 1: introduction to basic field techniques, such as use of Brunton compass, measuring stratigraphic sections, recording field notes and field data, working with topographic maps. Introduction to regional Archean, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Tertiary and Quaternary geology.
  • Week 2: analysis of sedimentary facies and environments; introduction to geologic mapping of deformed Mesozoic sedimentary rocks in the Wind River Basin
  • Week 3: geologic mapping of folded and faulted Mesozoic sedimentary rocks in the Wind River Basin
  • Week 4: field trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Absaroka Range.
  • Week 5: introductory projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and advanced structural analysis
  • Week 6: advanced projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and advanced structural analysis

Schedule Summer 2017

Faculty

The faculty at Camp Branson includes specialists from many fields of geology. Some are from the University of Missouri, some are from other schools. Not all are present at all times, but individuals active in research in the appropriate specialty direct our projects. Teaching assistants are also available to assist and instruct you in the field and the lab. Our student-instructor ratio during the course is ~6 to 1.

  • Miriam Barquero-Molina (Camp Director)
    • Specialty: structural geology and tectonics, field methods in geology
    • Institution: University of Missouri
  • Damon Bassett 
    • Specialty: sedimentology, paleoclimatology and paleontology
    • Institution: Missouri State University
  • Melissa Bautz
    • Specialty: natural resources, mining reclamation
    • Institution: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
  • Dave Franzi
    • Specialty: surface and groundwater hydrogeology
    • Institution: SUNY-Plattsburgh
  • Jonathan Mies
    • Specialty: structural geology and tectonics, field methods in geology
    • Institution: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Ed Romanowicz
    • Specialty: surface and groundwater hydrogeology
    • Institution: SUNY-Plattsburgh
  • Eric Sandvol
    • Specialties: seismology and geophysics
    • Institution: University of Missouri
  • Alan Whittington
    • Specialties: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
    • Institution: university of Missouri
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