GEOG 202 Field Trip

On March 1, 2019 Olav Lian, Carolyn Atkins, and Terah Sportel lead Geog 202 student on a two-day field trip into the BC Interior to study the landscape that had formed as a result of the last glaciation, and that which had been conditioned by its effect. The weather was sunny and clear, but extremely cold, as temperatures had dipped down to nearly -20 °C in Clinton by the morning of March 2. Olav Lian has been leading field trips into this region for more than 25 years, and this was by far the coldest one! Students were in good sprits and enjoyed learning about the landscape.

At Patterson Creek debris flow channel students enjoyed hearing traditional First Nations interpretations of the landscape from Geog 202 student, and Stó:lō Nation member, Leanne Julian.

Students navigate the steep and snowy slopes of Drynoch earthflow, near the community of Spenses Bridge.

View of the post-glacially terraced landscape in the Thompson River Valley, just west of Walhachin.

Students and faculty pose in front of the bed of ancient glacial Lake Thompson (beige coloured cliffs in the immediate foreground), Kamloops

GEOG 312 – Field Trip Adventures

The GEOG 312 class travelled to the BC Interior October 5th – 6th, exploring human-environment relations of our colonial past and our transformation to a globally-integrated capitalist economy. A few highlights include: (1) exploring Alexandra Provincial Park, discussing power dynamics between colonial officials and First Nations communities, and their varied understandings of the environment and development; (2) an informative talk by Robin Strong, Xaxli’p Community Forest Manager, and a visit to an eco-cultural restoration site; and (3) an awe-inspiring visit to the Highland Valley Copper mine and tailings pond. The class particularly enjoyed our visit with Robin and are thankful for her time and knowledge shared. After the visit Robin wrote indicating: “I wanted to say how impressed I was by your class, and thank you for coming to visit us. Your course is like, “lets bring up all the controversial subjects and think about them.” I was inspired by your student’s convictions, enthusiasm, and ideas. Thank-you for taking on the task of tackling such a broad topic, which really is about critical thinking, and deep thinking. And thank you to the students for sharing their ideas with me.”

 

GEOG 304 – Coasts and Climate Change Videos

This semester the GEOG 304 students have created a series of educational videos looking at adaptation strategies for addressing sea level rise in Crescent Beach.   GEOG 304 has been working in partnership with the CFAS project this semester to survey residents and visitors to Crescent Beach on these options as well as investigating the current beach geomorphology and predicting possible changes due to sea level rise.  These videos will be linked to the CFAS page and serve as educational awareness to the public on these options.

 

To view these videos please click here