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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.

Fall 2017 field trip signups are 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. 


Off-Campus Trips
Central TX Time Trip Leader
Saturday November 4 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Brandon
Saturday November 11 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Murphy
Saturday November 18 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Robinson
Saturday October 21 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Lytwyn
Saturday October 28 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Fu
Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours Time Trip Leader
Thursday October 19 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday October 26 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday November 2 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday November 9 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday November 16 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday November 30 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Campus Building Tours Time Trip Leader
Monday October 9 9:00am-10:00am Yuandi Gan
Monday October 9 2:30pm-3:30pm Tithi Ghosh
Tuesday October 10 8:30am-9:30am Mandy Lopez
Tuesday October 10 12:00pm-1:00pm Marwa Hussein
Tuesday October 10 4:00pm-5:00pm Wenyuan Zhang
Wednesday October 11 10:30am-11:30am Andrea Paris
Wednesday October 11 12:00pm-1:00pm Matt Sexton
Wednesday October 11 2:30pm-3:30pm Zhonghan Liu
Thursday October 12 10:00am-11:00am Yang Wang
Thursday October 12 11:30am-12:30pm Chis Xiao
Thursday October 12 4:00pm-5:00pm Suoya Fan
Friday October 13 9:00am-10:00am Lian Jiang
Friday October 13 12:00pm-1:00pm Cole Jones
Friday October 13 2:00pm-3:00pm Weiyao Yan
Monday October 16 10:00am-11:00am Sharif Morshed
Monday October 16 1:00pm-2:00pm Somaria Sammy
Monday October 16 2:30pm-3:30pm Yipeng Li
Tuesday October 17 11:00am-12:00pm Hongli Jing
Tuesday October 17 2:30pm-3:30pm Keyao Xia
Tuesday October 17 3:30pm-4:30pm Yukai Wo
Wednesday October 18 9:00am-10:00am Atlanta Sen
Wednesday October 18 2:30pm-3:30pm Rachel Clark
Wednesday October 18 4:00pm-5:00pm Jiali Ren
Thursday October 19 12:00pm-1:00pm Jingjing Zong
Thursday October 19 1:00pm-2:00pm Hongru Hu
Thursday October 19 4:00pm-5:00pm Yang Mu
Friday October 20 12:00pm-1:00pm Yuan Tian
Friday October 20 1:30pm-2:30pm Hanlin Liu
Friday October 20 3:00pm-4:00pm Bingyi Zhao