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GS 190: Research in the Field

Research in the Field gives GS undergraduates additional training in field research. This course provides undergraduates with a team-based experience of collecting data to answer research questions and is directed by faculty and graduate students. Offered in June and/or September.

Refer to the Stanford Bulletin and here for more information on field research requirements.

Need field supplies?

For a hammer, hand lens, or field notebook, try one of the following sites:


The following options were offered in the past to fulfill the field requirement:

June -July 2013: Blue Mass Canyon and environs, NV-UT Join us in this remote site in the heart of the Basin and Range, visited by few, surrounded by mountain ranges with some of the highest peaks in Nevada (Wheeler Peak, 13,159’; Mount Moriah,12,073’; Ibapah Pk,12,087’).  We will spend about two weeks mapping a series of small regions, described below. Our intended campsite is a shady spot amidst giant granite outcrops  in a BLM scenic area called Blue Mass Canyon (39°44’13.65”N; 114°13’05.48”W). More Information Instructor: Elizabeth Miller

June 2012: Albion-Raft River Range, Idaho
This two week field-based course was taught from a tent camp in the Albion Mountains in the City of Rocks Preserve by Almo, Idaho. More Information Instructor: Elizabeth Miller

August-September 2012: Ultramafics of California and Oregon
This two week class was taught from tent camps in northern California and southern Oregon. The first week at the Trinity Ophiolite in northern California, near Mt. Shasta.  The second we in the Josephine Peridotite, located in southwest Oregon near the coastal town of Brookings. More information Instructor: Jessica Warren

June 2011: Northern Great Basin
This two week class was taught in the Pinon Range near Elko, Nevada Instructor: Elizabeth Miller

September 2010: White-Inyo Range
This two week field-based class was taught by Professor Marty Grove in the White Mountains of Eastern California. Instructor: Marty Grove

August-September 2008: Quaternary faults of the Surprise Valley - combining geological and geophysical field methods
The Surprise Valley in northwestern California is a geologically active environment with Holocene fault scarps and hot springs. This two-week course will involve mapping of fault scarps using GPS and aerial photographs. In addition, we will use detailed gravity and magnetic field measurements to image these structures in the subsurface. Instructors: Anne Egger and Jonathan Glen (USGS)

June 2007: Miocene Paleogeography of the BlackRock Desert Region
This two week long field-based class focused on mapping and interpreting Miocene continental strata of the Black Rock Desert Region, northwestern Nevada.