Thanks so much for posing this question. I have been thinking about this quite a bit – generally – what will and can geoscience instruction look like?


First – I hope everyone is well, healthy, and coping.


Second – we as a community should start thinking about how to collaborate to offer many experiences online. It may be necessary to plan not only for summer but also for Fall. Planning now for doing effective online teaching (rather than simply remote) is vital.


I think we could re-envision what it means to train in the geosciences, and to make that training more inclusive and accessible. A weak silver lining on a grim cloud, but it’s something to hope for.


There’s an NSF dear colleague letter from GeoPaths related to build leaders for increasing diversity…Might be a nice opportunity to secure some funding for our junior colleagues who are graduating and in postdocs with uncertainty about their futures given the current climate.





Julie Libarkin (she / her)
Professor & Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Michigan State University
288 Farm Lane, 206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-8369
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Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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Subject: Field camp options?


At this time, our university is stating that even summer classes need to be taught online. We teach two field camps each summer for 8-15 of our own students Field Geophysics and Geology, and Field Hydrogeology. At this time, we really do not know what we will be allowed to do and what we will not be able to do.


So, I'll put this question out - Are others planning on doing something differently this summer if you are not allowed to teach face-to-face?


Thanks for any input.


Professor and Dept. Head
Geological Engineering 

Montana Technological University

(406) 496-4859