Earth Science Research Project 

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Department of Geosciences 
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100
Tel. 631-632-8210 E-Mail

  REVISED December 18, 2012

Table of Contents 

Earth Science Research Project
Mission Statement
 and general information

GEO 589 Research for Earth Science Teachers

Scientific Research
Proposed outline for a student research project 
Getting Students Started in Research 
Steps in Self Guided Trail Development
Science Walks on campus
Print on legal size for most of the walks
Ashley Schiff Park Preserve
Revised version emphasizing Geology of Ashley Schiff Park Preserve
Boulders near ESS Building
Hydrology of West Campus
Hydrology of East Campus

The Flora of Stony Brook's  West Campus

Old Nicolls Road in the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve
Hummocky Terrain in Clara's Woods
Microclimates of Stony Brook University


Science Walks off campus
Lakeland County Park
Sans Souci County Nature Preserve
Kettle Hole Trail: SCCC Riverhead
Cliffs at Caumsett State Park

Cliffs at Caumsett State Park PDF
The David Weld Sanctuary, Nissequogue
Hydrology of Garden City

Old Mill Creek Walk Port Jefferson, NY
Glacial History of the Ammerman Campus Suffolk Community College
Geology of Avalon Park Preserve Stony Brook
West Meadow Beach: Geology and History

The Setauket Mill Pond

Smith Point County Park

Earth Science Classroom and Field Activities
Caumsett State Park

Research Reports
The Bluffs at the David Weld Sanctuary
Paper Recycling in Suffolk County
Source of Boulders on Stony Brook Campus
Cliffs at Caumsett State Park
The Hydrologic Cycle of Seaford
Flora of Stony Brook University's West Campus pdf
Flora of Stony Brook University's West Campus html
Stratigraphy of Stony Brook University's Campus 
Origin of the Port Jefferson tunnel valley
Instructional Opportunities for Using the HoboWeather Station
Anatomy of a Crevasse Fill Ridge in Clara’s Woods, Stony Brook

Is Bald Hill the Hill of a Hill-Hole Pair?

Science Drives
Carmans River Headwaters

Ronkonkoma Watershed Water Table Change


Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the research and field experience of earth science teachers at the secondary level. We do this by offering workshops and classes for Earth Science Teachers to learn research approaches for field studies and to undertake independent research projects which usually emphasize field studies.

Why Do Research? 

In order to enhance class room lectures and laboratory exercises, and to develop research projects for students it is vital that teachers have research experience, especially in the field. Research experience provides teachers with hands-on experience that they can use to help better explain earth science concepts in class. 

Also, doing research is doing science. We allow high school teachers to teach science, even though any many cases they have not practiced science. We would not expect a music teacher to teach music who did not play an instrument or sing, or a basketball coach to coach basketball who had never played basketball. 

It is also essential that teachers feel comfortable taking students on field trips. Considering that geology, meteorology and astronomy are encountered as soon as you step outside the school building, whenever possible we encourage teachers to develop research projects and science walks close to or on their school grounds. 

In order to take advantage of the opportunities for research in the local area it is essential that teachers and students become more aware of their geologic surroundings. The first step in obtaining basic data is a geological survey using topographic maps, air photos and field observations.  

With this information it is possible to develop field trips and science walks which will increase the interest of both the teachers and students in their natural surroundings. Field trips and science walks also show how the Earth Sciences relate to biology, chemistry and physics. Earth Science teachers and students together can do the surveys and develop the field trips and science walks.  We are developing science walks on the Stony Brook Campus that can be used as prototypes for science walks that can be developed in your community.

Who are We?  

The Earth Science Research Project under the direction of Prof. Gilbert N. Hanson is one of a number of outreach efforts for Earth Science teachers and students within the Department of Geosciences.

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GEO 589 Research for Earth Science Teachers 

This course is intended to provide Earth Science teachers or graduate students in Earth Science Education an opportunity to obtain research experience oriented to Earth Science education.  The products of 3 credits of research are a written research report  with a science walk or drive that can be appreciated by the general public or a lesson plan on the subject. The product of a 1 credit research product is a science walk or drive that can be appreciated by the general public.
Any faculty member in Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences or Geosciences can be the research advisor.
Prerequisite: permission of Gil Hanson

Variable and repetitive credit.   
 Syllabus for GEO 589  

E-mail is  
Telephone number is 631-632-8210 
Mail address is  
      Gilbert N. Hanson  
      Department of Geosciences  
      Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100

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