Environmental Field Camp


3 credits / 3 weeks

Dates: Not offered in 2016


GEOL 412/512 is an environmental science / geology field course that provides students and participants with an intense three-week training in coastal ecological issues including mangrove ecology, coastal biogeochemistry, water quality, integrated with hard rock geology and a comparative site visit to tsunami-impacted and unimpacted coastal ecosystems. The course has been designed to enhance education and training for undergraduate and graduate students in ecological, environmental, and geological science students as well as environmental and civil engineering disciplines.

Most environmental field problems are interdisciplinary with strong interactions between biological, geological and anthropogenic processes.


A multi-cultural experience as US students will work along side students and researchers from premier Indian research institutions.

This course will introduce participants to current field and laboratory methods that are utilized to delineate, define, and characterize environmental field problems.  During the course, the following topics will be explored:


  • Introduction to coastal ecology, water quality and nutrient cycling, environmental geology and geochemistry, earth structure, geologic maps and sections.

  • Field experience related to problem definition, sampling protocol, and sample acquisition

  • Hands-on experience in field sampling techniques for soils and water.

  • Hands on experience in quality control and sample preparation in the lab.

  • Experience in data analysis and report writing.     

  • Grades will be based on successful completion and presentation of assigned group projects.   


Activities in this camp will focus on mangrove / coastal zone ecology -1st week, water quality and biogeochemistry -2nd  week and on geology and geochemistry – 3rd week. Pending security clearance and availability of research vessel we may offer a 1 week research cruise on a state-of-the-art research vessel to investigate oceanic processes.

Location: The beautiful Andaman Islands, India and a major port city Chennai on the mainland.

Registration fee: $3,950.00 (includes all tuition and fees, transportation from Chennai, room and board). Deposit of $400.00 must be received by or before January 31, 2013.


For additional information, please contact:


Dr. P. V. Sundareshwar, India Coordinator

Associate Professor 

 Cell # 605-484-3731 

email: pvs@sdsmt.edu


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 "....I just wanted to email you to inform you about my safe arrival and to express my gratitude and appreciation for such an enjoyable course. I had a blast. I learned a lot about hydrology, biogeochemistry, geology, and moreover, about Indian food and culture. It was an absolutely wonderful learning experience. Plus, I met so many incredible people from the students in our group, to the grad students and professors who helped us out, and most of all, you. Thank you for everything …..,”
- Danny Kim – Harvard, Summer 2009

"....I just got back to Boston safely, after a 20-hour flight. I take this opportunity to thank you for the great job you did organizing this course. It is probably the best class I have ever taken as we learned and had fun at the same time. I particularly enjoyed the fact of having lectures on a lake and on mountains. All the other teachers for the different modules were great too, and it was nice to get to know them.

-Eshwan Ramudu, Harvard, Summer 2009

“…..I just wanted to let you know that my trip home was long, but uneventful.  I'm safely back home in Boston. Thank you so much for making the course happen. It was an amazing experience, and I am very glad that I was able to participate. ..”

--Emily Carruthers, Boston University, Summer 2009


“Hi PV, thanks again for an awesome camp. I made it home safely. Attached is the second Geo Map, the brief report on each module and what I learned, and the Bio-Gas field notes you asked for.”

– Shant Minas, Summer 2009


I made it safely to Zurich. I had a fantastic time at the field camp, and will definitely pass on a good word. I predict that you will have several harvard students next year, too.Thanks again, you in particular really made the camp awesome.”

-Caitlin Rotman. Harvard, Summer 2008


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