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Field Trips

Field trips are held both around campus and at various locations throughout the Texas area. Please direct any questions regarding upcoming field trips to Jinny Sisson or Daniel Hauptvogel.

Spring 2020 field trip registration is OPEN

Central TX field trips:

Field trips to Central TX showcase traditional geology looking the rock cycle, minerals, faults, intrusions, and an unconformity. There are typically 4 stops on this trip, with the last stop at Enchanted Rock State Park where you can take in a gorgeous late afternoon view of Central TX. A physical geology faculty member will lead this trip. Trips leave UH at 6:00 am and do not return until about 10:00 pm. A 55-passenger coach bus is used for this trip with a restroom on the bus. The bus will make 3 stops throughout the day for food and drink supplies, or you may bring your own.

There is also a virtual field trip to Central TX available, where you can watch videos of faculty explaining field trip stops and make geologic interpretations on high-resolution images. To get extra credit, you need to submit answers to questions as well as your geologic interpretations to the Geoscience Learning Center.  You need to do your own answers and interpretations.  You may not submit work done by others nor may you work with a fellow student for extra credit.

Galveston field trips:

Field trips to the Galveston area explore coastal as well as river processes (depending on which faculty is leading the trip). You can expect to learn about beach erosion, sediment transport, ocean currents, and more. A physical geology faculty member leads this trip. Trips leave UH at 8:00 am and return around 5:00 pm. A 55-passenger coach bus is used for this trip with a restroom on the bus.

Houston field trips:

This is a new trip developed for the Spring 2017 semester that will explore local faults and river processes in the Houston area. Despite Houston being on a passive margin, several faults do exist related to the opening of the Gulf of Mexico and uplift of salt domes in the area. A physical geology faculty member leads this trip. Trips leave UH at 8:00 am and returns around 5:00 pm. This trip uses 3 15-passenger vans and will make several rest stops.

On-campus building tours:

There are no rocks naturally present in the Houston area, however many of the buildings on campus are made from geologic materials (at least on the outside). This tour is led by physical geology TAs who will teach you about the rocks that some buildings, walkways, and hallway walls on campus are made from. Tours are 1 hour long, with many options for days and times each semester. You can click on the link above to download a guidebook for the on-campus tour.

Houston Museum of Natural Science tours:

HMNS tours explore 3 halls related to geology, the Morian Hall of Paleontology, the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, and the Wiess Energy Hall. Physical geology faculty members or TAs leads trips. These tours meet in the museum lobby at 2:00 pm on the last 6 Thursdays during the semester, when entry to the museum is free. The tours last about 3 hours and you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the museum. 

Spring 2020 field trips

Central TX Time Trip Leader
Saturday, April 4 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Alex Robinson
Saturday, March 28 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Jack Casey
Saturday, March 21 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Jennifer Lytwyn
Saturday, April 4 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Qi Fu
Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours Time Trip Leader
Thursday, March 26 2:00pm-5:00pm Dr. Daniel Hauptvogel
Thursday, April 2 2:00pm-5:00pm Dr. Jinny Sisson
Thursday, April 9 2:00pm-5:00pm Lucien Nana Yobo
Thursday, April 16 2:00pm-5:00pm David Mora
Thursday, April 23 2:00pm-5:00pm David Mora
Campus Building Tours Time Trip Leader
Monday, March 16 10:00am-11:00am Muhammad Qasim
Monday, March 16 4:00pm-5:00pm Yang Mu
Tuesday, March 17 10:00am-11:00am Felicia Nurindrawati
Tuesday, March 17 2:30pm-3:30pm Daniella Easley
Wednesday, March 18 9:00am-10:00am Lian Jiang
Wednesday, March 18 3:00pm-4:00pm Boming Wu
Thursday, March 19 9:00am-10:00am Jiali Ren
Thursday, March 19 2:30pm-3:30pm Anne Fosli
Friday, March 20 9:00am-10:00am Shuhang Tang
Friday, March 20 2:30pm-3:30pm Zhehao Li
Monday, March 23 9:00am-10:00am Yuan Tian
Monday, March 23 2:30pm-3:30pm Andrew Stearns
Tuesday, March 24 11:30am-12:30pm Geneva Nguyen
Tuesday, March 24 4:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Wednesday, March 25 11:30am-12:30pm Yang Wang
Wednesday, March 25 4:00pm-5:00pm Guibao Liu
Thursday, March 26 10:00am-11:00am Lucien Nana Yobo
Thursday, March 26 1:00pm-2:00pm Yukai Wo
Friday, March 27 1:30pm-2:30pm David Mora