Sunday, October 25, 2015
Picture Yourself Here: Multidisciplinary Field Studies in the Hawaiian Islands, June 1-13, 2016
Of course, volcanism is hardly the only fascinating topic of study in the Hawaiian Islands. There are tropical jungles and deserts is well as the iconic beaches (including a green sand beach, the sand grains composed of the mineral olivine!). There are striking examples of evolution in action, with highly adapted plant and animals species, including a group of native Honeycreepers that are (or were) as diverse as Darwin's finches on the Galapagos Islands. There are even native owls, hawks, and geese (the Nene is the state bird; some Canada Geese made a wrong turn a half million years ago).
The human story is no less compelling, from the arrival of Polynesians hundreds of years ago to the later mingling of cultures that make the state one of the most diverse human communities on the planet.
For information and announcements, please check out the class web page at http://hayesg.faculty.mjc.edu/Hawaii_2016.html, or join the Hawaii field studies Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/452708258272005/. We hope you'll consider joining us on this once in a lifetime opportunity! Please contact me at hayesg (at) mjc.edu if you have questions.