Yuem Park, 2015, Geosciences

Over the summer, in the states of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada, I acted as a field assistant to a PhD student in the Princeton Geosciences Department. We would study a geological map or another pertinent research paper, identify where we would most likely be able to examine rock outcrop of the specific age (the late Paleozoic Age, about 300 million years ago) and type (sedimentary carbonates) that were relevant to our project, then drive to that location and hike and camp in the mountains or canyon, studying the rock and collecting samples. From this information we can infer climatic conditions and the sea level of the time when the rock was deposited. By understanding the climate of the past, we can be better equipped to approach the climatic challenges that face us today and those yet to be encountered. By being a direct contributor to such an important research project, I was fortunate enough to acquire innumerable field skills and knowledge about geology as a whole. This experience gave me an invaluable foundation upon which to build my studies in the Geoscience Department.