SUNY Stony Brook: Kenya - Field School in the Turkana Basin

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The Turkana Basin Institute, a joint venture between renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and Stony Brook University, is proud to offer unique full-semester and summer field school programs, focused on human prehistory. ... read more

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Aside from knowledge and experience, I made several amazing friends who I am still in contact with. - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
I learned more about anthropology and human evolution in each two week class than I ever have in a semester long class. I also learned a lot about myself, and gained a great baseline of research to help me in my career. It was 100% worthwile. - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
Looking back on my time at TBI, I have nothing but positive things to say about it. Even four years later I still remember it vividly, the starkly beautiful landscape, the constant opportunities to learn, and the camaraderie that only comes from spending a lot of time with an exclusive group of people. I am still close with frie... - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
I went on this program with a lot of uncertainty regarding what I would want to do with the rest of my life; I came out of this problem with things that I was now passionate about and are informing the choices I'm making regarding my future. I pushed myself to do new things and I've returned with both a confidence in my current ... - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SUNY Stony Brook: Kenya - Field School in the Turkana Basin
I learned a lot about myself in terms of what types of experience I can handle. This program puts you in an extreme environment where you are around the same people all the time, there really is no privacy or true relief from the heat. I found ways to cope with this however, one was that having headphones is key, and also I woul... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
December 03, 2018 This Is Amazing
I learned a ton about my major, gained friends, and gained experience traveling in another country. Absolutely worthwhile. - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
November 28, 2018 Life Changing!
It was extremely worthwhile, especially as someone who wants to do her own fieldwork someday - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
November 27, 2018 An Unexpected Adventure!
I remember more things from these courses than from any lecture hall I sat in at my home university! I am always looking back fondly on this experience, sometimes disbelieving how closely I worked with ground-breaking scientists, paleontologists, and the like. You won't find a better place to learn history as it's discovered! Th... - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
I gained many many professional contacts and friends from around the world on this program, something that I honestly wasn't expecting to happen on a program like this - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review

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The Turkana Basin Institute, a joint venture between renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and Stony Brook University, is proud to offer unique full-semester and summer field school programs, focused on human prehistory. The programs address the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that place. Modules cover Ecology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Archaeology, Paleoanthropology, and Geology. Participants gain hands-on experience in ecological and paleontological field surveys, excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and will take field trips to the Kenyan wilderness including important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin.

The Semester Abroad Program is comprised of five, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered each spring and fall semester. Participants will earn 15 upper-division credits while they explore and learn in the very place where the Leakey family and their colleagues have made, and continue to make, unprecedented discoveries into our very origins.

Our new Summer Program is comprised of three, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered every summer. Participants earn at least nine upper-division credits and will work directly with leading scientists at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3 (the oldest stone tool site in the world).


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geological Engineering
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Year Founded:
2011
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