Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park: A research experience for
Pre-Service and In-Service Science Teachers
Offered by: Portland State University, Department of Geology on July 8-15, 2008
G410/510, Astrobiology in Yellowstone 2 or 4 credits (graduate or undergraduate)
Trip Dates: July 8-15, 2008 Official course dates: July 7-25, 2008
Trip Fee: $725 – covers transportation to Yellowstone, meals and camping fees (tuition fees extra)
Undergraduate Tuition Fees: $375 for 2 credits or $602 for 4 credits
Graduate Tuition Fees: $701 for 2 credits or $1254 for 4 credits
Course Description: The field of astrobiology focuses on the search for early life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. The Cady Research Group ( http://cadylab.pdx.edu/ ) investigates how life leaves an imprint on the rock record. In this course, students will be exposed to a variety of field and microscopy techniques used to detect signatures left by microorganisms. We will travel to hot springs in Yellowstone National Park to study the formation of microbial fossils in hot spring environments. Participants will conduct original research projects related to current research questions posed by NASA with regard to Mars exploration. We will also discuss methods to incorporate this multidisciplinary field into K-12 science curriculum. Assignments, due after returning from the field, are to write a short field research report and draft a K-12 lab or field activity. The 4-credit version will also require you to prepare a complete curriculum module to share with others. All students must be prepared to hike 5-6 miles/day on moderate trails, carrying light to moderate loads.
Contact Professor Sherry Cady – (503) 725-3377, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Dr. Rick Hugo – (503)725-3356, email@example.com for more information.