Program Logistics

The majority of the program takes place at the Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A&M University in College Station

Travel & Transportation

Ocean Leadership staff Penny Peters (ppeters@oceanleadership.org) works with each participant to make travel arrangements to and from College Station, TX. All participants need to arrive by 5:00PM on Sunday, July 31, 2016 and depart no earlier then Saturday, August 6, 2016. A hired bus will transport participants to and from the hotel each day.

Meals

Meals will be provided starting with dinner on Sunday, July 31, 2016 and ending with breakfast on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Housing

Everyone will be staying at:
Hyatt Place College Station
W1100 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, USA, 77840
Tel: +1 979 846 9800
www.collegestation.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Shared rooming

Sample Agenda from the 2015 Program

Day 1

5:00 pm     Introductions & Logistics                              

6:00 pm     Group Dinner

Day 2

7:30 am     Shuttle to Gulf Coast Repository (GCR)

8:00 am     Welcome

Investigating Seafloor Sediments:

  • How and why do we sample the sub-seafloor via coring?
  • What happens to cores when they arrive at the repository?
  • What types of material make up seafloor sediments?
  • What are the main marine sediment types of the global ocean
  • Is there any pattern to the geographic distribution of marine sediment types in the global ocean today?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

Continue Investigating Seafloor Sediments

5:30 pm     Shuttle to Dinner and Mentoring Discussion

8:00 pm     Shuttle to hotel

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel

7:30 am     Shuttle to GCR

8:00 am     Break into groups

Biostratigraphy:

  • What are the main microfossil groups?
  • How are microfossils used to infer past climate or ocean conditions?
  • What evidence is there that life changes through time and how is that used to determine age?
  • How are sedimentation rates determined?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

1:30pm      CO2 as a climate driver

  • How and why has CO2 changed in the recent past?
  • What evidence is there that CO2 is a climate driver in the Phanerozoic?
  • If CO2 and global temperatures were higher in the geologic past, why is global warming a concern today?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

5:00pm      Dinner and Small Group Discussions

7:00pm      Shuttle to hotel

Day 4

7:30 am     Depart for Field Trip

  • What would a greenhouse world look like?

1:30 pm     Return to GCR

2:30 pm     Climate cycles

  • What evidence is there for climate cyclicity?
  • How is periodicity determined?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

5:30 pm     Dinner and Discussion

Day 5

7:30 am     Shuttle to GCR

8:00 am     Climate cycles

  • What are the dominant periodicities?
  • What causes climate cyclicity?
  • What characterizes glacial-interglacial periods?
  • How does modern global warming relate to these cycles?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

Abrupt Climate Events – Part 1: Onset of Antarctic Glaciation

  • What marine sediments tell us about the onset of Antarctic glaciation?
  • What caused Antarctica to become glaciated at this time?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

5:00 pm     Dinner and Mentor Discussions                             

9:00 pm     Shuttle to hotel

Day 6

7:30 am     Shuttle to GCR

8:00 am     Evaluation – Part I

Abrupt Climate Events – Part 2: PETM

  • What can marine sediments tell us about the PETM?
  • What caused the PETM?
  • How are the lessons of the PETM relevant to global warming today?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

Continue Abrupt Climate Events – Part 2: PETM

  • How are the lessons of the PETM relevant to global warming today?

Climate and Human Civilizations

  • What evidence is there that climate change greatly impacts human civilization?
  • How can I use what I learned in my teaching and/or student research?

Next Steps – Action Planning for Implementation into Teaching or Student Research

  • Evaluation Part II

5:00 pm     Dinner and Mentor Discussions

Day 7

Breakfast at Hotel & Departures for Airport