Estimated Fees (these may be subject to change)
MSU tuition and fee information: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/expenses/exp2.html
NOTE : You must show proof of health/medical insurance for the duration of this course in order to participate. Optional health insurance available for summer.
GEO 419 PLAEO FIELD PROGRAM - ESTIMATED COST
Resident Tuition & Fees
Out-of-state Tuition & Fees
Cost for 2 credits
*Covers food, transportation, field supplies and misc. expenses for the 12 day class. Medical insurance required
but not included. Other fees may apply.
LOCATION: Sprague Lake, Washington
Beatrice Taylor Field Station, Choteau, Montana
INSTRUCTOR: David Varricchio, 406-994-6907, email@example.com
TEXTBOOK: Tucker, M. E. 2011. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field, 4e. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
PURPOSE: Develop the necessary skills for conducting paleontology research in the field. This includes the gathering of sedimentologic, taphonomic and paleontologic data. The course stresses the ability to make and document detailed observations in the field. Students are to gain an appreciation of understanding the geologic and biologic context of fossils in the field.
GRADING: 1) Participation during fieldwork, camp work, and evening discussions.
2) Field notebook and map.
3) Taphonomy write-up of modern locality.
4) Measured stratigraphic section and interpretation.
5) Taphonomy write-up of fossil locality.
6) Final Exam
> No unsupervised fossil collecting at any time.
> Trips to town in private vehicles will be limited to pre-arranged times due to liability issues and scheduled activities.
> Students are expected to assist in cooking and cleanup as assigned by instructors.
> Campsites must be cleaned thoroughly before leaving.
> Participants are responsible for bringing all personal gear.
> Report all illnesses, allergic reactions, or injury to instructors promptly.
> Stay together in the badlands; do not leave the group (or camp) without informing the instructors.
> Lookout for your classmates.
> It may be hot. Expect temperatures to reach the mid to high 90's. You must carry water!
> Dress appropriately.
Field equipment: (*denotes optional gear).
Water containers (min. 2 qts) - You'll go through a lot of water in the field. It's hot and DRY.
Good field boots
Hat and sun-screen - You definitely need a hat, otherwise you may fry your brain.
Hand lens (10x)
Fieldbook - This is an important part of your grade. You can get them at the book store.
Pencil (0.5 mm)
Extra pencils & 0.5 lead; small pencil sharpener (for colored pencils)
Short metric ruler
Several colored pencils (erasable recommended)
*Geological compass (0-360°, not quadrant) - These and the next two items are optional. If you
have them, great. If not, you'll be o.k.
*Acid bottle with 10% HCl
Tent - You can rent or possibly share a tent with someone if you don't have one.
Sleeping bag and pad
Cup, bowl, knife, spoon fork (We'll put out pans of water so you can wash your own.)
Personal (and optional gear*):
*Pocket knife (or Leatherman/Gerber multi-tool)
*Sample bags (zip-lock heavy-duty freezer bags work well and they are light and cheap)
*Camera (digital preferred)
*Raingear - maybe a light jacket.
*Flash light or headlamp
Sandals , waterproof, tevas, old tennis shoes - We'll probably be going to the river to swim if
it's 90 or 100+ degrees.
cut-offs or swim suit
Sun clothes - Light clothes, light in color that cover you up.
Logistics and housing: Transportation is provided from Bozeman to field localities. Students provide their own sleeping bag, tent, and personal necessities. Cooking equipment and meals are provided. Medical insurance is required. Be prepared for hot weather, cool nights, and a variety of topographically challenging hikes
General questions can be directed to:
David Varricchio (406) 994-6907 email: firstname.lastname@example.org