Brevard College Geology 270 Field Trip to Hawai'i (March 8-18, 2002)

This course is the outgrowth of the Spring 2001 course in which students traveled to Costa Rica over Spring Break. This year the course was titled: "The Geology of Oceanic Volcanic Islands". Originally, we were scheduled to visit the Canary Islands but logistical foul-ups by our British travel agency about a month before we were to leave made that trip impossible. Quickly changing gears, I made the decision to take the group to Hawai'i, a place I know fairly well from previous field and research trips. Fortunately, logistical arrangements are easily made in the islands because tourism is such a major part of the economy.

As a component of the course, each student received a volcanic island group on which they created a Power Point presentation that they gave to the class. Over Spring Break, the class traveled to the Big Island of Hawai'i  to examine the formation and destruction of an oceanic volcanic island. Another component of the course is to have each student create a web page about their experiences in the course. Clicking on the students' names in the table below will direct you to the fruits of their efforts. We hope you will enjoy our adventures. All of us certainly did!

We would like to thank Dean Robert Bauslaugh for his help in making this trip happen. We also wish to thank Sarah Dergarabedian, Linda Epperson, and Deborah Hall in the Business Office who helped manage the financial matters. I would like to thank Heath Overton, who kept the accounting straight during the trip and Heidi Galloway who transcribed my hand-written field journal to a MS Word format.

JR's Journal


Jim Reynolds (leader)
Beth Russo (leader)

Student Participants: 

Annie Dill Troy Mathers 
Angela Fernandini Sara Mitchell 
Jon French Shelley Moore
Nick Fuechsel Heath Overton 
Todd George Elise Reynolds
Liz Harrison Lindsay Shields
Oliver Lollis Staci Spring
Jana Manaker

Clicking in any of the boxes of the calendar below will take to the journal entry.

Brevard to Honolulu
Honolulu to Hilo
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
East Coast of Hawai'i
Hilo to Kailua-Kona
Kailua-Kona Area
Kailua-Kona Area
Kailua-Kona to Honolulu
Honolulu to LAX
LAX to Brevard