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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. 


Central TX Time Trip Leader
Saturday March 24 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Snow
Saturday April 7 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Hauptvogel
Saturday April 7 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Mann
Saturday April 14 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Lapen
Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours Time Trip Leader
Thursday March 22 2:00pm-5:00pm Dr. Hauptvogel
Thursday March 29 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday April 5 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday April 12 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday April 19 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Thursday April 26 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Campus Building Tours Time Trip Leader
Monday March 19 11:00am-12:00pm Lian Jiang
Monday March 19 12:00pm-1:00pm Atlanta Sen
Monday March 19 2:30pm-3:30pm Ekenemolise Adigwe
Tuesday March 20 11:30am-12:30pm Tithi Ghosh
Tuesday march 20 3:00pm-4:00pm Jessica Chew
Wednesday March 21 9:00am-10:00am Andrea Paris
Wednesday March 21 11:00am-12:00pm Yukai Wo
Wednesday March 21 2:30pm-3:30pm Mandy Lopez
Thursday March 22 9:00am-10:00am Weiyao Yan
Thursday March 22 11:30am-12:30pm Chris Xiao
Thursday March 22 4:00pm-5:00pm Lin Xiong
Friday March 23 10:00am-11:00am Nan Sun
Friday March 23 1:00pm-2:00pm Yang Wang
Friday March 23 2:30pm-3:30pm Somaria Sammy
Monday March 26 9:00am-10:00am Zhonghan Liu
Monday March 26 11:00am-12:00pm Ying Zhang
Tuesday March 27 10:00am-11:00am Chase Parsons
Tuesday March 27 12:00pm-1:00pm Jiali Ren
Tuesday March 27 2:30pm-3:30pm Sharif Morshed
Wednesday March 28 10:00am-11:00am Yuandi Gan
Wednesday March 28 1:00pm-2:00pm Rachel Clark
Wednesday March 28 4:00pm-5:00pm Preston Fleck
Thursday March 29 10:00am-11:00am Pongthep Thongsang
Thursday March 29 1:00pm-2:00pm Cole Jones
Thursday March 29 3:00pm-4:00pm Matt Sexton
Friday March 30 12:00pm-1:00pm Keyao Xia
Friday March 30 1:00pm-2:00pm Yinshuai Ding