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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 2019 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. 

Fall 2019 Physical Geology Field Trips

Central TX - All Day Time Trip Leader
November 2 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Murphy
November 9 6:00am-10:00pm Dr. Hauptvogel
Galveston - All Day
October 19 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Lytwyn
October 26 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Sisson
November 9 8:00am-5:00pm Dr. Fu
Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours - 3 Hours Time Trip Leader
October 17 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
October 24 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
October 31 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
November 7 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
November 14 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
November 21 2:00pm-5:00pm TBA
Campus Building Tours - 1 Hour Time Trip Leader
October 7 9:00am Sharif Morshed
October 7 11:00am David Mora
October 7 2:30pm Disa Nurindrawati
October 8 9:00am Kamil Qureshi
October 8 10:00am Regan Robinson
October 8 2:30pm Boming Wu
October 8 4:00pm Avra Ghosh
October 9 11:00am Andrew Stearns
October 9 1:00pm Rongrong Lin
October 9 4:00pm Daniella Easley
October 10 9:00am Yang Wang
October 10 12:00pm Yukai Wo
October 10 2:30pm Xinyan Li
October 10 4:00pm Claire Ong
October 11 9:00am Hongru Hu
October 11 10:00am Tari Aboro
October 11 3:00pm Wenyuan Zhang
October 14 8:30am Linhan Li
October 14 12:00pm Danelle Carr
October 14 4:00pm Zhonghan Liu
October 15 9:00am Lian Jiang
October 15 11:30am Mandy Lopez
October 15 4:00pm Jiali Ren
October 16 10:00am Muhammad Qasim
October 16 11:00am Brent Richards
October 16 2:30pm Shuhang Tang
October 16 4:00pm Ying Zhang
October 17 10:30am Ekenem Adigwe
October 17 12:00pm Yang Mu
October 17 4:00pm Guibao Liu
October 18 11:00am Maria Amirzadeh
October 18 1:00pm Doyin Oyetunji
October 18 3:00pm Teng Long